Me and a group of friends were working on a similar project to MIT openAg (a JSON-based API for retrieving plant data) prior to discovering this project. Everything was going quite well, except we ran into a massive roadblock - no where on the internet can precise plant recipes be found. Most of the knowledge can only be picked from anecdotal stories on farming forums. I noticed that the recipes repo on github right now is also quite slim, and I thus imagine this is a roadblock for others.
I’m aware that the point of openAg is to fine-tune and discover precise recipes, but even finding a rough starting point can be difficult - i.e. what soil content is appropriate for plant X?
So I was thinking about spending a weekend in the library and possibly collecting old fashioned book data into JSON documents. Has anyone tried this - or does anyone with botanical experience know any good guides/encyclopedias to start with? I imagine it will be time consuming and tedious, so I want to make sure I attack it with quality sources.