I'm not sure that location is as important as are the conditions that occur in that location. We often use location as a stand-in for understanding those conditions, but it would usually be better to embed the relevant information.
E.g. in your question What can I plant to attract butterflies and other pollinators in Minnesota? location is helpful, but you ...
In my opinion, new users (so easy to search) are more important than history, so I would include tags, so we can check easier related questions.
Already now with edits, some answer and comments seems out of context, but I don't see this as a big problem.
We already have the pollination tag, which is equivalent to sexual-reproduction. I think the distinction is primarily botanical, and we've always leaned towards the gardening usage rather than the botanical one. For example, root-vegetables for onions & garlic, bulbs for dahlias and other flowering plants, instead of onions, (although there might be a ...
You're correct, the creation of tomatoes and the subsequent merging of tomato as its synonym "orphaned" the wiki. Merging tags does these and it needs to be fixed manually (these slipped my radar).
Here's the entire list of "orphaned" wikis that were caused by tag merges.
Orchid wiki, excerpt
Pepper wiki, excerpt
Tomato wiki, excerpt
Please feel free to ...
The tag that you're looking for is over-wintering, and that would deal with the care of plants that are dormant during winter. winter-gardening is broader, in the sense that it could be anything you do to your plant/garden during the winter. For your question on roses, it would be appropriate to tag it with both tags, as bstpierre has done.
On the other ...
It should be a combined word, not hyphenated or with spaces.
I've seen greywater used in many American contexts. (Not sure if it is used more often than graywater.)
E.g. New Mexico State University: Safe Use of Household Greywater; Washington State Department of Health; Massachusetts DEP; etc.
There's no real consistency -- it's spelled both ways on EPA's ...
As you stated, a very high percentage of questions could be tagged with plant. The tag is far too general to be useful and should be burninated. Perhaps even blacklisted.
As it is, practically all of the 18 questions are identification questions. A number of these questions are also closed.
If the tag is unavailable new users will simply not be able to ...
I'd be in favor of making it a synonym of bulbs.
Our tag synonyms page has plenty of other examples where the singular and plural forms of a word are synonyms, so doing this would match existing practice.
I left a comment a while ago, but decided to expand it into an answer. I agree with those who think the frugal tag's unnecessary. In addition to what's been said:
My examination of the existing questions indicates that all of them are worded, or could be with a small amount of editing, in such a way as to render the tag unnecessary.
The most recent of ...
I like the frugal tag.
But then I hate spending money on my garden. Just this week I have been trying to rig up some kind of home watering system without spending money on an overpriced kit.
So it's an aspect of gardening I'm interested in. The tag groups together questions which deal with that side of gardening.
But this is a community site and I'm ...
I think the frugal tag can be removed. This word is a little uncommon in the English language and it's meaning is not likely to be clear to a lot of users.
From Merriam Webster
: careful about spending money or using things when you do not need to
: using money or supplies in a very careful way
: simple and plain
The seed-starting tag is a synonym for germination (along with germinating), so if you try to use it, the system will remap it to germination automatically.
If you click through the seed-starting link, you'll see that it shows "germination" at the top right (perhaps not the most obvious place to put it, admittedly). The list of synonyms is also available ...
Theoretically you can germinate fungal spores and bacteria as well as seeds from plants. If you only go by the definition then germination includes everything seed starting implies and a little more.
The only thing seed starting has going for it is that it is more recognizable to the user base as I believe there are less users who use germination as their ...
I concur with bstpierre that location doesn't normally give enough information in and of itself; however, I personally think adding the location provides additional helpful information, and is important, whether or not having tags to convey this information is important.
Tags would be helpful to allow users to see groups of questions from a specific area, ...
You're using the wrong analogies to base your arguments. When you ask "how to attract pollinators", people won't ask what location you're in — it's the equivalent of "What is the purpose of a GC". Regardless of location (programming language), question can be answered. However, when you ask "how should I take care of my tree", people will ask what tree and ...
I agree that it's not a good tag, and given my druthers I'd just remove it altogether. Twenty-four hours after the last usage of a tag is removed from a questions, it will no longer be suggested when entering tags on new questions, so we could edit it out and it will disappear.
On the other hand, if we keep ecological as a synonym of something, we already ...
Each tag needs to cover a specific topic, just like they do now. Tags including 'how-to' would just confuse things and only minimally boost our prominence. And I do see our material quite often in google searches. For example if you search for something about Aloe vera blooming, this one is near the top of the first page. Those things are good to see.
Actually, as wax eagle mentions in a comment, containers is intended for "container gardening" (growing in pots).
There's a lot of overlap between containers and potting -- it might be appropriate to make one a synonym of the other. I'm not sure I can think of a useful distinction between the two tags. (IMO, containers would be a better master.)
Is it possible that where a tag is pruned due to low use the wiki text would also be lost? We seem to have 3 questions with the desert tag, but perhaps there were fewer at some point when the text was first added?
Well, your "front garden" faces the street, so it is much more likely to be ornamentals and managed for aesthetics.
Your "back garden" or "backyard garden" is hidden from street view. That's where you grow your potatoes, cabbage, etc.
I've heard that some HOAs/zoning ban vegetable gardens in the front garden. In those communities, corn or pumpkins in the ...