There are two things that you have to know about me. First of all, I am a huge fan of nature and I utterly love wildlife. And secondly… I am a truly terrible gardener. Frankly, just awful. If I were born a Hobbit, I’d have been kicked out of the Shire to wander the lonely trails of Middle Earth long, long ago. However, I hope to get better.

One of the most inspiring places online for gardeners everywhere, both amateur and veteran alike, is the r/gardening subreddit. It’s a community that has sunk its roots deep into the internet, having grown to nearly 4 million members since being planted all the way back in the spring of 2008.

We’ve collected some of the most impressive photos from gardens, as shared by the friendly folks of r/gardening, all to make you smile and inspire you to give gardening a shot as well, dear Pandas. These pics would make any Hobbit proud, that’s for sure. Be sure to pick out your fave photos and give them an upvote as you’re climbing down this long vine of a list. Oh, and if you’ve got a green thumb (or two!), you can tell us all about your love of gardening in the comments.

Bored Panda reached out to the moderators of r/gardening to learn a bit more about the community and its popularity. One of them, with over a decade of experience moderating the subreddit, had some great news for those of us who have trouble with plants. "There is no such thing as a green thumb or a black thumb. Anybody can grow plants. Just a little bit of attention paid will yield results," they said that everyone is fully capable of becoming a gardener. And the subreddit is there to help in case you need it.

#1

I’ve Been Playing Words With Friends With A 75 Year Old Great Grandma From Idaho For Over Three Years But Have Never Met Her In Person. She Sent Me The Most Amazing Wedding Gift!

I’ve Been Playing Words With Friends With A 75 Year Old Great Grandma From Idaho For Over Three Years But Have Never Met Her In Person. She Sent Me The Most Amazing Wedding Gift!

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Hannah Edwards
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6 months ago

What a thoughtful gift, made me tear up a bit.

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The moderator, who preferred to remain anonymous, was kind enough to share with Bored Panda how they first got started helping manage the community. "I started modding on /r/gardening after I asked the [head] moderator about a post not appearing or something, and he offered me a moderator position," they opened up about how the founder of the online group got them involved further.

At the time, more than a decade ago, the subreddit was but a seedling, having around 50k members. "We've had a constant stream of great contributors, along with dedicated moderators over the years, which has served the sub well," the mod praised their colleagues and community members.

According to the moderator, the vast popularity of r/gardening is all down to the wholesome members of the online community. The mod was very humble and said that the huge number of subscribers isn't their achievement, "it's the good nature of the gardening community that makes people sub and stick around."

#2

I Was Walking In My Neighborhood And This Camellia Literally Stopped Me In My Tracks

I Was Walking In My Neighborhood And This Camellia Literally Stopped Me In My Tracks

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Calypso poet
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6 months ago

It's perfect!

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A Local Gardener And Her Massive Rhododendron!

A Local Gardener And Her Massive Rhododendron!

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Karen Grace
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6 months ago

Wow! I wonder how many years she's been tending it, it's huge and absolutely beautiful!

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Despite all the popularity, the subreddit chooses not to be in the limelight. "We have, by choice, never been a front-page (default) subreddit, so subs here are not accidental," the moderator explained that most of those joining the community have an active interest in gardening. "As mods, we've always had a tough but fair policy on user conduct—like all gardeners have to keep the weeds at bay from time to time."

If you're ever in need of some help, you can always make a post on r/gardening with some pictures, asking for advice. Or you can tune into the weekly 'Friendly Friday' threads with a question or two.

The ‘Gardening’ subreddit has just three simple rules that you’ll need to abide by if you want to grow into a fully-fledged member of their community. Firstly, they’re very tough when it comes to advertising and self-promotions: they won’t tolerate any of that business, so remember to stay humble. It’s not about you, or your business, it’s about the gardens, the plants, the agriculture.

#4

I Guess I Mistakenly Planted My Tomato Right Next To Where I’d Sown Some Bunny Seeds

I Guess I Mistakenly Planted My Tomato Right Next To Where I’d Sown Some Bunny Seeds

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Liz the Wanderer
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6 months ago

Oh my goodness, the adorable is rich here!

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#5

My Mouth Was Agape When I Drove Past. This Picture Doesn’t Do It Justice

My Mouth Was Agape When I Drove Past. This Picture Doesn’t Do It Justice

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Miss Melanie
Community Member
6 months ago

Fairy 🧚🏻‍♀️ magic💚

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#6

Incorporating The Rain Into Your Garden

Incorporating The Rain Into Your Garden

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Calypso poet
Community Member
6 months ago

So serene looking. I've been trying to get my mom to do something like this!

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I really love how they phrased their second rule: “No Trolls in the Garden.” It’s all self-explanatory. Be a decent human being. Don’t harass others. And don’t post any abusive or offensive content.

Their third and final rule is about avoiding reposts. You shouldn’t be farming karma on Reddit, you should be posting quality content for its own sake. “ If you are going to repost something, it should be for the sake of learning new things, cross-posting, or bringing up a question asked previously on this sub for advice,” the subreddit’s moderators point out that education should be at the forefront of their members’ minds, not giving their social reputation a boost.

#7

I Want To Play! How It Started vs. How It's Going (5 Years)

I Want To Play! How It Started vs. How It's Going (5 Years)

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Stephanie IV
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6 months ago

Ooooh! Well done!

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#8

My Mother’s Orangery In Denmark

My Mother’s Orangery In Denmark

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AndersM
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6 months ago

Looks cosy! Det der fandme hyggeligt ud. :-)

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#9

My Grandpa Built A Teepee For His Bean Plant And Planted Wildflowers On The Sides, He's Really Proud Of It And I Wanted To Share It With All Of You

My Grandpa Built A Teepee For His Bean Plant And Planted Wildflowers On The Sides, He's Really Proud Of It And I Wanted To Share It With All Of You

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yeciye
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6 months ago

I think it looks great. I’m sure all the bugs in the neighborhood agree with me.

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The subreddit’s moderators have also done a wonderful job when it comes to sharing resources. For example, in their sidebar they’ve listed the plant hardiness zone maps for every major region in the world. Plant hardiness helps determine how well plants tolerate the coldest temperatures in each zone. It’s incredibly useful for gardeners the world over.

#10

Greetings From The Navajo Nation. Here’s Today’s Haul

Greetings From The Navajo Nation. Here’s Today’s Haul

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Lucky
Community Member
6 months ago

What a great harvest!

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#11

I’m In Love. Can I Keep Them Year Round?!

I’m In Love. Can I Keep Them Year Round?!

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Aiyanna Clements
Community Member
6 months ago

Beautiful

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#12

Thank Me. Appreciate Me. Respect My Authoritree!

Thank Me. Appreciate Me. Respect My Authoritree!

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Red Hair Blue Soul
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6 months ago

The Cartman reference is the best

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What’s more, the online community has links to all the other subreddits, large and small, that are related to gardening. From Reddit’s edible and indoor gardening communities to plant-specific subreddits, advice-focused groups, and ones specifically for buying, trading, and selling plants and seeds. It might sound overwhelming at first, but think of it as a library that has separate sections for everything gardening-related. Or as good friends referring to their pals for specific advice.

#13

This Was Just A Pile Of Dirt When We Moved Here 2 Years Ago

This Was Just A Pile Of Dirt When We Moved Here 2 Years Ago

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Serial pacifist
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6 months ago

I would live there, just there.

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#14

Dragon Fruits On My Rooftop Garden

Dragon Fruits On My Rooftop Garden

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yeciye
Community Member
6 months ago

I’ve got, at most, dragonflies.

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#15

My Grandpa Says We "Need To Get The Word Out" About How Beautiful His Crepe Myrtle Is

My Grandpa Says We "Need To Get The Word Out" About How Beautiful His Crepe Myrtle Is

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Stephanie IV
Community Member
6 months ago

It is.

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Some time ago, I had an in-depth chat about protecting frogs and other amphibians in our gardens with Dr. John W. Wilkinson from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) charity in the United Kingdom. According to him, people sharing photos of critters and herpetofauna (i.e. reptiles and amphibians) online can encourage others to care more about them.

#16

I Found A Surprise In My Rose Bush!

I Found A Surprise In My Rose Bush!

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Stephanie IV
Community Member
6 months ago

Shhhh.

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#17

My Grammy's Stunning Hydrangea Bush She's So Proud Of

My Grammy's Stunning Hydrangea Bush She's So Proud Of

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Stephanie IV
Community Member
6 months ago

Splendid!

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#18

This Beautiful Two Toned Rose In My Garden

This Beautiful Two Toned Rose In My Garden

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
6 months ago

Beautiful!

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"It’s great to see photos of frogs in people’s gardens or that they’ve seen on a walk. We know this often creates a deeper interest in amphibians and their conservation and we love to see them—so long as the animals aren’t disturbed too much of course!" Dr. Wilkinson told Bored Panda.

#19

Current View From My Sewing Studio

Current View From My Sewing Studio

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yeciye
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Found Van Gogh.

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#20

I Scarred A Pumpkin

I Scarred A Pumpkin

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Hermione
Community Member
6 months ago

Did not know this would happen

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#21

My Three Year Old Beaming With Pride At Her First Ever Harvest Of Beans Which She Helped To Sow, Water, Plant Out And Build The Support For

My Three Year Old Beaming With Pride At Her First Ever Harvest Of Beans Which She Helped To Sow, Water, Plant Out And Build The Support For

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Stephanie IV
Community Member
6 months ago

The gardeners shall inherit the earth.

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According to the expert from ARC, some of the main things that we can do in our gardens to make them more friendly for the local wildlife include setting up a garden pond and not using chemicals. The pond, especially, is the “single most important thing you can do for garden life.”

#22

Move Over Coachella, No One Does A Flower Crown Like A Cactus!

Move Over Coachella, No One Does A Flower Crown Like A Cactus!

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Stephanie IV
Community Member
6 months ago

That’s amazing! I didn’t know they could bloom! So pretty.

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#23

My Mom Planted These Climbing Roses Around A Patio In Her Yard When I Got Married There 7 Years Ago. The Marriage Is In Shambles But Roses Going Strong

My Mom Planted These Climbing Roses Around A Patio In Her Yard When I Got Married There 7 Years Ago. The Marriage Is In Shambles But Roses Going Strong

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Stephanie IV
Community Member
6 months ago

Wooooow! Nice!

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#24

My Garden Is My Happy Place

My Garden Is My Happy Place

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
6 months ago

This looks like a scene from "What Dreams May Come" with Robin Williams.

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What’s more, a large yard isn’t everything. You can get quite a lot of good done for the local wildlife even with limited space. You just have to get creative. "In a small garden, even an upturned dustbin lid or bowl will provide a place for animals to drink," Dr. Wilkinson from ARC told Bored Panda.

#25

After Clearing Out A Wheelchair, Three Mismatched Shoes, A Deflated Ball And A Buried Chunk Of Brick Wall, I Finally Have My Very First Garden!

After Clearing Out A Wheelchair, Three Mismatched Shoes, A Deflated Ball And A Buried Chunk Of Brick Wall, I Finally Have My Very First Garden!

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Auntriarch
Community Member
6 months ago

Some hard work there. It's lovely and it will only get better

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#26

My Gfs Window Box That She Said Nobody On Reddit Would Care About

My Gfs Window Box That She Said Nobody On Reddit Would Care About

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Liz the Wanderer
Community Member
6 months ago

She made it over to BP!

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#27

After Battling The Courts, My Uncle Has Regained My Great-Grandparents And Grandparents Farmstead And Revitalized It Into Working Condition. Buffalo, NY

After Battling The Courts, My Uncle Has Regained My Great-Grandparents And Grandparents Farmstead And Revitalized It Into Working Condition. Buffalo, NY

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Auntriarch
Community Member
6 months ago

Well done that man!

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Something else that critters love is if we set up compost heaps and log piles in our gardens. They can be magnificent habitats for frogs, amphibians, and reptiles. Again, these don’t have to be massive in size: even small habitats will make our local critters happy.

#28

My Boyfriend's Mother's Garden

My Boyfriend's Mother's Garden

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow, how did she plant a whole mountain in her garden?

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#29

After 2 Years Of Nurturing My First Passion Flower Bloomed Today

After 2 Years Of Nurturing My First Passion Flower Bloomed Today

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
6 months ago

whoa! had to google to believe that's how actual flower looks like

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#30

My Dad’s (74yo) Garden Is Looking Particularly Lovely This Morning. He Does All The Planning And Gardening Himself

My Dad’s (74yo) Garden Is Looking Particularly Lovely This Morning. He Does All The Planning And Gardening Himself

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Kristy Nelson
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow!

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"Climate change can be a very negative factor for frogs, toads, and newts. Ponds can dry up too quickly, meaning their tadpoles don’t have enough time to develop. Also, warmer winters affect hibernating frogs. They use more energy during hibernation and partially wake up, meaning they are in poorer condition for breeding. This is particularly hard on the females who put a lot of energy into making eggs (spawn)," Dr. Wilkinson warned how climate change is affecting various animals, stressing the need for all of us with gardens to give them a helping hand.

#31

The Guy In The Image Collects Lost Apple Varieties

The Guy In The Image Collects Lost Apple Varieties

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Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
6 months ago

Johnny Appleseed was a real person who bought up land in the opening western territories of Ohio, Kentucky. and Illinois and planted large groves of apples trees. Why, you ask. Because he knew that people would be moving west and those people would get thirsty and in the early 1800s the drink of choice for adults wasn't beer or hard spirits it was hard cider. There is a 'museum' of heirloom apples I think in W. Virginia (there are a bunch of heirloom orchards across the US) that has thousands of varieties. Apples are outcrossed so the seed from the apple will not produce the same tree or apple variety as its parent. All of the heirloom varieties are grafted plants. Finally the only true North American apple variety is the crabapple. There will be a quiz on this next Friday! You've been warned.

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#32

I Heard This Is Where We’re Putting Our Overachieving Lemon Trees

I Heard This Is Where We’re Putting Our Overachieving Lemon Trees

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Auntriarch
Community Member
6 months ago

🤣

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#33

Welcome To My Secret Garden

Welcome To My Secret Garden

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Auntriarch
Community Member
6 months ago

Even without plants the pots are cute

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#34

The Grandparents Garden Is Looking Amazing

The Grandparents Garden Is Looking Amazing

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Miss Melanie
Community Member
6 months ago

I love the cris-cross path too!

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#35

I Know It’s Nothing Too Spectacular, But I Am In Love With How My Deck Flowers Turned Out

I Know It’s Nothing Too Spectacular, But I Am In Love With How My Deck Flowers Turned Out

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Aiyanna Clements
Community Member
6 months ago

pretty!

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#36

Found Out Why My Strawberries Are Doing Bad This Year

Found Out Why My Strawberries Are Doing Bad This Year

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liaqvist
Community Member
6 months ago

Lycky that s/he is strawberry blonde 😉

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#37

My Dad Was Extremely Proud Of His Monster Tomatoes This Season

My Dad Was Extremely Proud Of His Monster Tomatoes This Season

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
6 months ago

It’s practically a pumpkin it’s so big!

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#38

Of All The Watermelon Flowers The Bees Could Have Pollinated, They Chose One That Bloomed Inside A Crack On Our Wall

Of All The Watermelon Flowers The Bees Could Have Pollinated, They Chose One That Bloomed Inside A Crack On Our Wall

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Jane Rubie
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6 months ago

And said crack is probably going to get bigger 😳

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#39

Hubs Deployed And Said I Could Build A Garden To Keep Me Busy. Never Built Anything Before, Did My Best And Can't Wait To Show Him

Hubs Deployed And Said I Could Build A Garden To Keep Me Busy. Never Built Anything Before, Did My Best And Can't Wait To Show Him

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Liz the Wanderer
Community Member
6 months ago

Excellent work!

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#40

The Spoils Of Months Of Hard Work And Tender Care

The Spoils Of Months Of Hard Work And Tender Care

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Hermione
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6 months ago

You win some, you lose some.

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#41

This Was My First Time Ever Growing Sunflowers

This Was My First Time Ever Growing Sunflowers

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Otter
Community Member
6 months ago

Sunflowers grow wild around here... but they're small and modest compared to these monsters!

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#42

My Grandpa With His Cantaloupes In His Garden

My Grandpa With His Cantaloupes In His Garden

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Bobert Robertson
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6 months ago (edited)

Grandpa smiling while squeezing melons

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#43

My Melons Needed Some Support

My Melons Needed Some Support

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Karen Grace
Community Member
6 months ago

That's a very good idea. Nice melons.

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#44

Some Guys Have A Man Cave. I Have A Garden Balcony

Some Guys Have A Man Cave. I Have A Garden Balcony

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I I
Community Member
6 months ago

just need a balcony and i'm there

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#45

This House Around The Corner From Me Takes My Breath Away Every Time I Walk By

This House Around The Corner From Me Takes My Breath Away Every Time I Walk By

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Calypso poet
Community Member
6 months ago

It's almost too perfect it's so pretty. Like a horror movie.

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#46

What A Difference A Few Years Can Make. Idea 2017 vs. Established Garden 2020

What A Difference A Few Years Can Make. Idea 2017 vs. Established Garden 2020

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yeciye
Community Member
6 months ago

Oooh!

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#47

Yes, And I Am Fine With That

Yes, And I Am Fine With That

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Lothriel
Community Member
6 months ago

For a family of 4, eating let's say 1kg/2-3 days, means 25$/month, 100$/4 month. And not saying that in eastern european countries, we also make juice and tomato sauces (you need at least 50-80 kilos) to pass the winter. So, yeah, it's pretty comfortable to cultivate them

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#48

Four Years Of Hard Work Later

Four Years Of Hard Work Later

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Auntriarch
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Beautiful and soothing

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#49

Some Of You Thought I Wouldn’t Go Thru With A Maternity Shoot For Our Mutant Baby Zucchini But Here’s The Thing Fam, We’re Pretty Weird And We Hate To Disappoint The Internet. 5lbs 6oz Of Delicious

Some Of You Thought I Wouldn’t Go Thru With A Maternity Shoot For Our Mutant Baby Zucchini But Here’s The Thing Fam, We’re Pretty Weird And We Hate To Disappoint The Internet. 5lbs 6oz Of Delicious

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Liz the Wanderer
Community Member
6 months ago

You currently ear about 37 of 100 on the weird scale, guys!

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#50

What A Difference One Year Makes!

What A Difference One Year Makes!

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Stephanie IV
Community Member
6 months ago

Gardening is rewarding!

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