--- aliases: [๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŒพ Your Knowledge Garden, Home, homepage] type: tutorial description: The home page tutorial for Obsidian Garden --- > โš ๏ธ If you are viewing this on [obsidian.garden](https://obsidian.garden) please be aware that [Obsidian Publish](https://help.obsidian.md/Plugins/Publish) does not yet support community plugins so not all featured are rendered - the project is best viewed in [Obsidian](https://obsidian.md) desktop. # ๐Ÿ‘‹ Welcome to your Knowledge Garden [[๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ Gardening Tips/๐Ÿชจ ๐ŸŒณ Obsidian Garden|๐Ÿชจ ๐ŸŒณ Obsidian Garden]] is a open-source guide to creating your own [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿง  Knowledge Systems/๐ŸŒณ Digital Garden|๐ŸŒณ Digital Garden]] with [Obsidian](https://obsidian.md). The garden is contained within in it's own [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿง  Knowledge Systems/๐Ÿ—ƒ Knowledge Management|๐Ÿ—ƒ Knowledge Management System]] - designed as a template for you to learn the basics of working with [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿชจ Obsidian/๐Ÿชจ Obsidian|๐Ÿชจ Obsidian]] and extend and remix in to your own. ![[๐Ÿ–‡ Attachments/the-knowledge-garden.png]] ## ๐Ÿ’พ Installing The Guide The easiest way to start is clone [this GitHub repository](https://github.com/tanepiper/obsidian-garden) containing the most up to date version, or download it as a zip file. > `git clone https://github.com/tanepiper/obsidian-garden.git` Then you can open in [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿชจ Obsidian/๐Ÿชจ Obsidian|๐Ÿชจ Obsidian]] - make sure the [[๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ Gardening Tips/๐Ÿชจ Obsidian/๐Ÿ”Œ Plugins & ๐ŸŒˆ Theme|๐Ÿ”Œ Plugins & ๐ŸŒˆ Theme]] are also installed. > โš ๏ธ The Obsidian Garden is currently in active development and evolving - it's being developed in the open but is subject to changes, and may contain broken links and errors ## ๐Ÿ”— Creating Connections ๐Ÿ’ก Great ideas happen when there is an [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿ’ก Concepts/Connection|connection]] between knowledge and inspiration. For thousands of years humans have tried to make sense of the world around them. Scientists, philosophers, writers, and even you and [[๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ People/๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป Tane Piper|I]] try to categorise it, understand how it works and create [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿ’ก Concepts/System|systems]] that allow us to store and process this knowledge. Each time this has allowed new ideas to form, adding to the collective [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿง  Knowledge Systems/Knowledge Graph|Knowledge Graph]] from which more build on - but in our modern world there are so many distractions and so much new information to process that it can be really hard to see the [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿชจ Obsidian/Link|links]] between things. From our own minds, to a collection of half-filled notebooks in a drawer and from a bookshelf of unread books to your nearest library - all contain the inspiration we need to think of our next great idea. ## ๐Ÿ’ฉ Avoiding Information Rot โ›”๏ธ When it come to storing our ideas - in the worst-case we use only our brain. When we do this, an idea can only exist within the boundaries of our own imagination. No one else yet knows about your idea (unless there is a [Multiple Discovery](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_discovery) - but this also means you're losing out). Without communicating this idea the first real risk in [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿ’ก Concepts/Information Rot|Information Rot]] is you! In the west, oral tradition is unreliable - telling people about your idea is great, but passed on information tends to be unreliable and incomplete. Only the source is truly reliable, and even then at risk of forgetting details. The only way to truly capture an idea is to write it down, draw it, or record it. Even here there's a risk that without one single place to put it all - you will miss out on [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿ’ก Concepts/Connection|connecting]] it all together. In [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿง  Knowledge Systems/๐Ÿ—ƒ Knowledge Management|Knowledge Management]] systems there is concept of the _"second brain"_ - a dynamic and visual hard drive that we can consciously put our stream of thoughts and ideas in to. On top of this we build the [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿง  Knowledge Systems/๐ŸŒณ Digital Garden]] idea - in this guide known as the **Knowledge Garden** - this is not a new idea, instead we build on this concept and use it as a base template to show a working system. ## ๐Ÿง  Creating a second brain Using [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿชจ Obsidian/๐Ÿชจ Obsidian|Obsidian]] and this guide you can use it to create your own system - either by extending, or creating your own from scratch. By extending Obsidian with [[๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ Gardening Tips/๐Ÿชจ Obsidian/๐Ÿ”Œ Plugins & ๐ŸŒˆ Theme|๐Ÿ”Œ Plugins and a ๐ŸŒˆ Theme]] we can start to build with more functionality for creating and querying the underlying data. This guide is designed to get you starting in understanding why a [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿง  Knowledge Systems/๐Ÿ—ƒ Knowledge Management|Knowledge Garden]] is useful and to help reduce the learning curve. ## ๐ŸŒบ Letting Ideas Flourish โณ Like a real garden, good ideas need nurtured and take time to grow - but can reap rewards when cared for correctly. To escape the distractions of life we can visit our [[๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ Gardening Tips/๐Ÿชจ ๐ŸŒณ Obsidian Garden|Obsidian Garden|Knowledge Garden]] to reconnect with [[๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ Gardening Tips/๐Ÿชด Sowing Your Garden/๐ŸŒฑ Creating Seeds|๐ŸŒฑ new]] and [[๐Ÿชด Grow Room|๐Ÿชด old]] knowledge and create [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿชจ Obsidian/Link|links]] between them so we can see the [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿง  Knowledge Systems/Knowledge Graph|Knowledge Graph]] that connects them. Adding enhanced richness with `#tags` and `Variables::` allows us to perform [[searches]] and [[build queries]] that allow us to [[๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ Gardening Tips/๐Ÿชด Sowing Your Garden/๐ŸŽฏ Create Custom Dashboards|๐ŸŽฏ Create Custom Dashboards]] and code blocks that let us see through the overgrowth of all the data - display tables, and lists - both basic to do items. Every [[๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ People|person's]] garden is different - some are neatly manecured and ordered, while some are more organic and wild - both need nurturing and tending too. ### ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™‚๏ธ Suggested flow The suggested flow shows one way of thinking how items are handled - when you have an idea (or want to collect a link, a picture of a doodle, create a contact) you can start with a [[โฃ Templates/๐Ÿ—’ Basic Note]] - or select a more detailed โฃ Template. All items start in the ๐ŸŒฑ Seed Box - an inbox for all items that need [[triage]]. Items can then go into the immediate ๐Ÿชต Backlog, or be categorised and filed - once items have been created they create new opportunities for new ideas to be created. ```mermaid graph LR Idea((Get Idea)) -- Braindump --> Notes([Create Seeds]) Notes --> Triage{Triage} Triage --> Dump Triage --> Backlog Backlog --> Dump Backlog --> Organise Triage --> Organise{{Organise Items}} Organise -- Create --> Person Person --> Research>Conduct Research] Organise -- Create --> Term Term --> Research Organise -- Create --> Todo Todo -- Discover --> Idea Research -- Question --> Person Research -- Discover --> Idea Research -- Formulate --> Create Create -- Iterate --> Idea ``` --- > โœ… This set of tools is released under Creative Commons Zero v1.0 Universal [[LICENSE]] > If you are looking for a more fully featured [[๐Ÿ“‡ Terms/๐Ÿง  Knowledge Systems/๐Ÿ—ƒ Knowledge Management|Knowledge Management]] system check out [LytKit](https://publish.obsidian.md/lyt-kit/_Start+Here) --- %% Once you're ready, feel free to change this readme and turn it into your home dashboard. %% ## ๐Ÿชต Current Backlog ```dataview table file.ctime as "Planted at" from "๐Ÿชต Backlog" sort file.ctime DESC ``` ## ๐ŸŒฑ Seed Box Latest 5 ```dataview table file.ctime as "Planted at" from "๐ŸŒฑ Seed Box" sort file.ctime DESC limit 5 ``` ## 5๏ธโƒฃ Last 5 Files Edited ```dataview table file.mtime as "Last tended to" where file.mtime < (date(today) + dur(1 day)) sort file.mtime DESC limit 5 ```