coldclimategardening Photos & Videos

5 days ago

Forest potatoes 🥔! We tried this improvised Ruth Stout method last year for the first time and it easily doubled our harvest and cut our work in half. I used last year’s chicken bedding ( mix of straw and hay), tossed on the seed potatoes, cover with more bedding and water once and leave it alone until September. No bed prep, no weeding, no watering, no hilling, no garden clean up. I felt like I was making a big nest! I’m guessing the success of the method is due to location being part shade as potatoes like it cool, along with the acidity and microbiology of the soil near the forest. #growwhatyoueat #potatoes #coldclimategardening #northerngardening #forestpotatoes #growingpotatoes

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1 week ago

More edible perennials!!

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1 week ago

Garden season... growing food for my family is my other love :) I haven’t been spending much time making or planning classes. We have such a short growing season up here that when it’s time to plant, that has to take priority! - That said, I am going to be at the re:MADE Market this Saturday from 10-4. Come stop by! @anchorage_remade I have a bunch of new gorgeous patterns and fabrics to show you. - #anchorageevents #bestofanchorage #akmakermamas #gatherak #alaskamakers #anchoragealaska #anchoragesews #alaskanmaker #growyourownfood #alaskangrown #alaskagardening #coldclimategardening #foundroot

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Spotted a lovely wildflower growing in the hedgerow. White flowers, four petals in a cross like a member of the crucifer (brassica or mustard) family. Nice glossy green foliage with toothed edges. It really lit up that shady area. But I couldn't find it in any of my i.d. books. It was impossible to identify until I realized those big leaves at the base didn't belong to the weed dock, but to my mystery plant. Because it wasn't a wildflower at all (at least not in the usual sense). It's horseradish!!! And how the heck did it wind up in the hedgerow? #inthegardentoday #flowerstagram #instaflower #bloomingtoday #coldclimategardening #upstateny #horseradish #amoraciarusticana #notwhatiexpected

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LILIES 📷: (1. John Singer Sargent 2. Rescuing the Madonna Lily, Cold Climate Gardening 3. Milton Avery 4. Lilium Regale, Wikipedia 5. Autochrome by Thomas Shields Clarke 6. Gauguin 7. Dorset garden of Ben Pentreath and Charlie McCormick @benpentreath @mccormickcharlie 6. John Singer Sargent 7. Jan Mankes 8. Julia Margaret Cameron )

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Everything seems right in the world when kids build forts while parents are busy in the garden on a beautiful day. They are using clay to bind their wood together, next time I want to teach them to make cod. #coldclimategardening #kidsforts

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Soil amendments added at the lake garden. My helper and I added 3 different kinds of manure, ground egg shells, wood ash, worm castings and peat moss for water retention. I smiled to myself when my daughter’s friend came by and asked her to play and she preferred to putter in the garden with me. #coldclimategardening #soilamendments #growwhatyoueat

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2 weeks ago

Excited about this year’s harvest of Blue Honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea)! Native to China, Russia, Poland and and other Norther Hemisphere countries, it grows very well here in Indiana. . The fruit reminds me of an elongated blueberry with a slightly more tart flavor. . @juicefeaster and I planted two different cultivars several years ago (two are required for pollination), and they’re starting to take off. . In the last photo, you can see the subtle differences in the fruit shape and size between varieties. I’ve observed no difference in their flavors. . So, cooler climate folks, if you’re looking for a fun and tasty addition to your home garden, I would suggest adding a pair of these beauties!

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2 weeks ago

On a walk, seeing the willows in the ditch and after seeing #thepioneerprincess Baskets, I felt inspired to try my hand at them. I thought it would be easy, lol. Well this was the best I could do. I didn’t follow any instructions, no reception at the lake to look anything up. As wonky as they are I love them! It was a wonderful spring project at the lake with my daughter. Now we will each have a basket to pick veggies with this summer. #willowbaskets #lakelife #coldclimategardening #diy

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2 weeks ago

11th annual Kellogg Planting Days; this next Fri & Sat, May 31-June 1, we will be here, with Eileen & G from Kellogg and G&B, rain or, hopefully, 70° & sunshine, planting up lots of containers for y’all. We have so much plant material backed-up, sitting in greenhouses, waiting for spring (summer at this point) arriving all week. C’mon down! The Mountain Garden Edibles class was rescheduled for Sunday, June 2 @ 10:30. #kelloggplantingdays #mountaingarden #localgardencenter #villagernursery #gardeningtips #sierragarden #localnursery #coldclimategardening #plantlovers

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2 weeks ago

Potato (a gateway vegetable, after tomato) is easy to grow. These virus free “seed” are well chitted with long greensprouts (vines) to rapidly begin producing the tuber-forming roots (you can see the roots starting). I’ve grown potates in a pile of old pine needles, in straw bales, in old compost, horse manure, in pots and in raised beds. Harvest time is a blast with children helping search for all the tubers. https://www.villagernursery.com/project/growing-potatoes/ # #villagernursery #truckeegarden #mountaingarden #localnursery #coldclimategardening #gardeningtips #floatingrowcover #sierragarden #growpotatoes #gardeningwithkids

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2 weeks ago

Sheltered garden beds using clear roofing panels. We’ll see if this improves our yield.

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3 weeks ago

Our “hardening” techniques insure that the plants you use from Villager Nursery are indeed, cold-hardy ;) Our outdoor environment is harsh when compared to, well, almost anywhere else in the west. When plants arrive from our excellent growers, we expose them to as much mountain sun and frost as possible, without damaging them, so they’ll thrive when planted here, in our gardens. #villagernursery #hardyplants #coldclimategardening #localgardencenter #smallbusiness #sierranative #highsierragardens #tahoetrees

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3 weeks ago

Here’s a teaser from one of this years gardens. This large yet intimate garden is full of surprises, rare plants, clever planting and creative garden art.

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3 weeks ago

Our order from @realseeds has arrived! All heirloom and heritage varieties and chosen for our shorter summers and cold winters. Love the detailed instructions for how to save the seed from each - something we hope to do and share with neighbours and friends and our local community farm where we get our veg box. It may seem late to be planting outside, but we had snow last week and frosts are still a risk. Our neighbours who have had a vegetable garden in the same place continuously for 100 years have not started yet. Looking forward to getting some of these in this week! #realseeds #coldclimategardening #nodig #alpineclimate #watchandlearn #springplanting #patience

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4 weeks ago

With snow-safety bombs thundering in the distance, we wake to one of our yearly spring snow storms. This is why we plant native and hardy perennials and cold-hardy spring color and ready our floating row-cover (“frost-cloth”) for tender plants and for when it clears and temps actually drop. (very old Roxy, cat, there) #villagernursery #truckeegarden #plantlovers #mountaingarden #snowmelt #sierraplants #localnursery #gardencenter #ediblegarden #coldclimategardening #localshop

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1 month ago

Did some test planting today. . My man made me the tool for "digging" holes in woodchips to get my plants connected with soil 😁 I punched a hole with my new tool, filled the hole with compost and planted some Chinese cabbage and few beans. Just to test how they'll survive. We have few chilly nights ahead. . I'm almost desperate to plant outside already. My bean plants look a little leggy 😏 . . 🌱 ☀️ . Istutasin täna prooviks mõned taimed välja. . Mu mees meisterdas mulle puiduhakkesse aukude "kaevamiseks" tööriista, et taimedel oleks mullaga ühendus 😁 Lõin oma uue tööriistaga puiduhakkesse augu, täitsin selle kompostiga ja istutasin nendesse aukudesse mõned hiina kapsad ja oad. Lihtsalt selleks, et testida, kuidas need taimed vastu peavad. Lähiajal on veel mõned jahedad ööd tulemas. . Väike meeleheide hakkab juba tekkima. Tahaks ettekasvatatud taimi väga välja istutada. Oa taimed hakkavad vaikselt välja venima 😏 . . #growingveggies #vegetablegardening #coldclimategardening #growyourown #backtoedengarden #nodig #woodchips #gardening #homegrown #homesteading #countryliving . #kasvatameise #köögiviljaaed #puiduhake #aedviljad #aiaelu #maaelu #maalonhea

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1 month ago

This snap was taken on Wednesday, 3 days after starting seeds!! If you’re new to seed starting or haven’t had luck in the past, try starting with radishes or kale, they germinate SO quickly ❤️🌱

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1 month ago

Just absolute stunners. 💓 . These @floretflower narcissus are so incredible! Their color changes as the blooms age and they’ve been so fun to watch. I can’t remember which varieties I ordered though — any guesses on these beauties? Whatever they are, I’m hooked. 💘 . . . #ayearinflowers #week19flowers #narcissus #plantsmakepeoplehappy #greenthumb #organicgardening #urbangarden #cutflowergarden #growfloret #mnhort #northerngardner #zone4b #coldclimategardening #midwestgardening

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No one believes me when I tell them I have the trick to grow lush, deliciously scented lavender 🌿 in our cold, snowy, zone 5, Maine climate. And believe it or not, its super-duper easy! When I first started growing lavender I'd plant these big one or two gallon pots certain that if I started out with a big hunk it ' plant I'd be successful. I mulched with gravel (which looks super nice, but really not necessary) and let them bloom in their first year. And I was soooo wrong! It took those plants for-ev-er to acclimate and I had some serious losses the following year. Over the year—and after lots of mistakes and reading—I've learned the secret! I primarily grow the Augustifolia's, or "English Lavenders", since they are good cold-climate choices—and BONUS have the best culinary taste! First, start out with smaller plants. It may seem counterintuitive, but it's much easier for a little 3-4" pot of lavender to adapt to the garden. Also, as a happy coincidence you can easily start these from cuttings 🌱 the previous summer. Lavender likes sun, as in 6+ hours of sun, well-drained soil (this is a MUST-HAVE), and avoid using bark mulch as its acidity and moisture-retention is not good for these Mediterranean plants who favor soil with a pH greater than 6. I grow mine through holes in landscape fabric, within 2-3 years they'll grow together into a nice little hedge and you never see the fabric underneath. If you don't like the look while waiting, just cover the landscape fabric with straw, or your favorite mulch. Do NOT let them bloom their first year. This will allow them to grow and quadruple (YES, I said quadruple) their size throughout the season. Come fall, mulch thickly with straw and cover with a winter-grade row cover to protect your lavender babies. It's typically the wind that dries out and kills the plants rather than the cold. I'm just now starting to remove their winter blankets and expect by Memorial Day to have some nice big, thriving lavender! Are you as obsessed 💕 with lavender as I am? #lavender

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Well, Hello there! Abeliophyllum distichum isn't supposed to be hardy here, but when I took a look under the winter cover I found a flowering shrub. The shrub itself might not be an impressing sight, but the fact that it actually survived is amazing. And those minimal white flowers are a pure joy for a tired gardener. #garden #trädgård #puutarha #garten #abeliophyllumdistichum #vinterbuske #whiteforsythia #gardenjoy #puutarhaihme #trädgårdsliv #haveliv #gardening #coldclimategardening #suprise #plantnerd #överraskning #gardenlovers #gartenliebe

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Finished pruning my roses earlier this week. In my cold climate garden that means cutting all the dead wood, which is sometimes a little but usually a lot--a few get cut to the ground. But they come back from the roots and bloom without me doing anything extra to protect them in the fall. The only rose that had no dead wood? Lotty's Love, a hybrid rugosa from @firsteditionsplants which I was sent to trial. #inthegardentoday #flowerstagram #instaflower #upstateny #coldclimategardening #springchores #hardyroses

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1 month ago

We don’t have anyshots of Bundanoon gardeners participating in World Naked Gardening Day but here’s one of our favourite Horts. @sabrinahahnhortwithheart you are wonderful.

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1 month ago

Living in Alberta Canada, blizzard conditions in the garden are a common threat. We have experienced it in spring as well as in fall. There is the possibility of snow in every month of the year. In this new post with Video, we walk through the garden after our last snow. What happened to the plants and how do we protect the garden read here: https://northernhomestead.com/blizzard-conditions-in-the-garden/ #northernhomestead #spring #blizzard #coldclimategardening #gardeningtips

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It is time to plant potatoes (seed potatoes are cert. virus free) Most varieties do well here and we have quite a few to choose from in several colors. They are easy, productive and really fun at harvest. I prefer to plant small ones whole but larger “seed” should be chunked & allowed to scab-over for several days. Chitting (greensprouting) the seed in a sunny window is always a good idea. (Hey, there’s a Gardening class here this Sunday @ 11.) #villagernursery #growpotatoes #mountaingarden #gardenwithkids #sierravegetables #shoplocal #localgarden #gardeningtips #coldclimategardening #ediblegarden

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Bundanoon garden club members are busily growing, planting , replanting and creating for their stall at the Ramble. The market is a popular feature of weekend.

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