zone9b Photos & Videos

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Sugar pie pumpkin turned orange while we were gone. There are quite a few tiny ones on the vines, but many have dried up and died. Anyone know if this is likely from the high temperatures or possible due to a lack of pollination? There are tons of bees around these plants, with several bees vying for a spot in each flower, but still unsure?

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45 minutes ago

Plant shopping with my favorite girl! 🌱♥️ @theheavywp

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48 minutes ago

I made refrigerator dill pickles. They taste delicious. I may have sneaked a taste of the liquid. I had enough for six 12-ounce jars. It takes ten days for them to be ready, so I’ll let you know how they are then.

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1 hour ago

Feeling like a come up 😂 We’ve been fighting over who gets to taste the one ripe strawberry in the garden every week but this week we managed to get four at once. Life is good 🥰

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3 hours ago

Indigo rose tomatoes- first time ever having them and i love them. I planted them late so I’m not sure if I’ll get much this year, but next year I’ll definitely put this on my early list. They are delicious and very mild. My regular cherry tomatoes are like a delicious tomato punch in my face and these ones are just a mild little bite. 10/10 recommend. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #arizona #arizonagardens #arizonagardening #gardening #indigorose #indigorosetomato #urbangardening #organicgardening #organic #urbangarden #homesteading #homestead #homesteadinglifestyle #selfsufficientgardening #zone9b #zone9bgardens #gardeninginarizona #eatorganic

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3 hours ago

First round of bush beans from the @vegepod. Seeds were direct sowed 53 days ago and this pod gets a good amount of direct sun (about 8-9 hrs) so there’s a shade cloth draped over the canopy to help keep the flowers from getting fried. So far this summer we’ve had a least a dozen days in the 90F’s and several in the 100F’s but these plants are hanging in there and not showing signs of stress (yet!). I also keep the canopy propped open several inches to allow fresh air to circulate because keeping the canopy completely closed on these blazing hot days tends to create a hot little greenhouse....bush beans are warm weather plants but they don’t like it this hot! . . #nofilter #bushbeans #prividerbushbeans #vegepod #growsomethinggreen #ediblegarden #homegrown #growyourown #gardening #garden #gardentotable #vegetablegarden #summergarden #raisedbeds #raisedbedgarden #backyardgarden #homegarden #urbangarden #urbanorganicgardener #suburbangarden #epicgardening #lovegardeners #getgrowing #zone9 #zone9b #californiagarden #sacramentogardening

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3 hours ago

So happy to be home. Although we are all already missing beautiful cool weather and clear nice air. The Hot Gardening Club is now in full session. 🥵

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3 hours ago

I’ve been accepted into the Maricopa County Master Gardener program! I’m excited and nervous and excited!! I’m going back to school for seventeen weeks. Wow!

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3 hours ago

Happy Tuesday!! I’m in the garden hand pollinating a few female flowers with this pretty male flower 🌼 because many of them aren’t forming fruit! I’ve also seen hand pollination done with makeup brushes, qtips and toothpicks! Swipe to see what they look like when they don’t get pollinated. 🥒 🐝

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4 hours ago

Eggplants are one of the only vegetables that truly love our Sonoran desert heat in the summer. June is probably the hardest month to grow here. It gets better once monsoons come in July, but dry June is brutal.

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Seasons are more what you’d call “guidelines than actual rules” ☠️ and you have to go with your instincts. This past winter was warmer than usual & we only had 2 or 3 nights that got below freezing. So I didn’t plant any winter crops. ❄️ This past spring was longer & wetter than normal, so I planted a few extra cool weather crops like this dinosaur kale 🦖, which I’m glad I did because now I can enjoy it in to the summer months! 🥬 What have you planted “out of season” that turned out to be a win for you? 👩🏻‍🌾 #urbanorganicgardener #thehappygardeninglife #backyardgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #gramyourgarden #growfoodnotlawns #zone9 #zone9b #centralvalley #backyarden #sustainablesprout #californiagarden #californiagardening #organicgardening #lovegardeners #gardenbox #raisedgardenbed #urbangardening #suburbangardening #fresno #clovis #fresnoproud #valleyproud #gardengirl #gardenhaul #kale #dinosaurkale

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4 hours ago

I love these flowers! I planted the bulbs a few years ago in an area of the garden we were going to do up. We ended up starting on the top terrace rather than the bottom and I keep forgetting to lift these #gladioli bulbs after the foliage dies back. Now they just bloom among the tall grasses every June! Which is quite nice! But still, must remind myself somehow to lift these this year! #flowergarden #flowers #bulbs #juneflowers #zone9b #zone9garden #permaculture #garden #growyourownflowers #wildgarden #growsomething #cutflowergarden #cutflowers #ilovegardening #iloveplants

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7 hours ago

Curcuma Ginger and XXL Chiapas Dahlia at Lowe’s this morning!! 😍 I’m addicted to all that glorious pink!! Both varieties bloom continuously during the summer, go dormant during winter and come back year after year! These will really stand out next to my rows of blue salvia and gardenia in the front yard! 😍

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8 hours ago

I never really knew the difference between a grasshopper and a cricket until about a year ago. The quickest way to tell is to look at their antennae. Grasshoppers have short antennae, while crickets have long ones. At this point they are not a threat to my plants, and I hope there are enough predators in the yard to keep the population in check. Only time will tell. For now, I'll just thank this one for posing so nicely, and move it along. . . . #itmightdie #nofilter #organicgardening #grasshopper #grasshoppers #bugs #urbanhomesteading #urbangarden #backyardgardener #backyardhabitat #closeupshots #gardeningwithbugs #zone9b #louisianagarden #gardensofig #certifiedwildlifehabitat #notacricket #greeninsect #growfoodnotlawns #sharewithnature #ihaveplenty #beneficialbugs #badbug

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8 hours ago

A seed starting vlog from the weekend is up on YouTube. 🍅 . I am BEYOND excited for these seeds to grow. I love the @wildboarfarms varieties that I bought from @bakercreekseeds and @migardener. I’ve never actually been so excited for a tomato but I’m impatiently waiting for these. . . . #diy #growyourfood #garden #homegrown #homestead #backyardhomestead #gardentotable #urbangardener #backyardgarden #selfsustainability #sustainability #ameteurgardener #organic #organicgardening #urbanhomestead #amateurgardener #zone9b #zone9 #floridagrown #wildboarfarms #bakercreekseeds #migardener #migardenerseeds

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8 hours ago

Our very first harvested veggie!! It did end up having a small hole in the top but we cut it off and I'm hoping the rest in still good. My 6 year old is wildly impressed, she said she'll even try it!

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17 hours ago

#thriftstorescore I found four packages of Mother Earth News magazines. Each package has four issues in it and they were $1.99 each. That’s $96 worth of magazines for $8. Wow! @motherearthnewsmag >

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17 hours ago

First zucchini! And cherry tomatoes ripening every day. The plants all seem pretty happy. 🌼

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18 hours ago

When @__sgtyarby reminds you that it’s a glorious day to be in your backyard after an intense workout! My August Beauty gardenia finally bloomed after a whole year of patiently twiddling my thumbs and feeding her religiously. And spotted among the squash bushes were these two cute Desi Summer squashes courtesy @jvalluru00 ! These shall be yummy in my tummy tonight! #bayareagardening #bayareagarden #growyourfood #zone9b #zone9bgardening #californiagardens #organic #organicgardening #theusualhashtags

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18 hours ago

With the sunflowers dying and being pulled out I found another melon plant growing. Yay! ⁣ ⁣ I have now identified white scallop squash, watermelon, and peanut pumpkin plants. I’m excited to see the other three melons I’ve planted grow. Hopefully they’ll show up somewhere in the yard...

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18 hours ago

Barbados Cherry (Sơ Ri) tree, a lucky find last weekend!😍

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20 hours ago

What an unexpected surprise to find this volunteer lavender growing in raised bed #1. I’ve been mulching these beds with lavender trimmings for a few seasons now and have never seen any pop up on their own. I rearranged the drip system this spring so that might have made a difference.

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21 hours ago

A bit more harvesting from the garden! I gathered a third bag of purslane (a highly nutritious green that has been freely growing around my backyard since I moved in) that I use in salads or freeze for smoothies. 🥗 In Spanish, purslane is called vertilago and I’m told is good in stir fries as well, but I have yet to try it. Also picked a few Roma type tomatoes and a couple yellow pear tomatoes, both plants sprouted from seeds left in the soil from a couple of last year’s plants and are growing like crazy! 🍅 One grey zucchini rounds out today’s bunch, its a first for my garden this year and a plant I grew from seed! 🌱 #garden #plantbased #plants #vegetarian #eattherainbow #raw #food #nutrition #jerf #organic #eatmoreplants #urbangarden #agriculture #harvest #californiaagriculture #fresno #zone9b #backyardgarden #yummy #nopesticides #homegrown #nofilter #zucchini #tomato #purslane

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21 hours ago

Harvesting chard! It was quite the adventure 😂😂 First I found a tiny baby praying mantis, I had him crawl on my finger then called the kids out to come look at him. I was really happy to see him as he was my first friendly garden bug I’ve seen this season. Then I sat him down on my kale and got back to my chard. That’s when I found the biggest jumping spider I’ve ever seen in my life! Not only big like almost tarantula level but it also had a great big belly, maybe full of baby giant jumping spiders?? Anyways, as long as it’s there trying to catch all the caterpillars I’m okay with it, just leave the baby praying mantis alone 👌🏻 #sacramentogardening #growyourownfood #chard #swisschard #urbanorganicgardening #urbanhomestead #zone9b

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22 hours ago

This is news to me but apparently bromeliads have flowers in the middle! 😂 I have literally never seen one flowering before so imagine my surprise when I saw these little flowers hiding inside as I was leaving my parents house last night. I yelled to show my dad, who didn't know they were there either. I go back inside to tell my mother and she said "of course I knew, I live here!" 😂😂😂

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23 hours ago

⭐️Zucchini update ⭐️ Was finally able to harvest zucchini! I was having problems with what I thought was Blossom End Rot. I started researching the issue online and a lot of what I was coming across pointed this issue to Poor pollination and not BER. I pollinated by hand all of last week and I feel that it solved the issue. Swipe left for what my zucchini looked like before. Yay for learning new things! . . . . . #socalgarden #backyardveggies #gardening #gardeninginthecity #veggiegarden #veggiepatch #gardendiy #gardentips #urbangarden #zone9b #backyardgarden #socalgardener #socalgardening #growingvegetables #growyourfood

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1 day ago

Now that the heat is really starting to build, the #okra is taking off! It's been in the ground about two weeks and has grown really quickly in that time! Wev'e never grown okra before but we are hoping for a great yummy harvest! I think I'm more excited about the flowers to be honest, and the fact it's perennial! Bloody exciting times in the #garden #growsomething #gyo #growyourownfood #growsomethinggreen #permaculturewomen #hybiscus #edibles #veggiegarden #vegetablegardening #organicgardening #organicveggies #organic #zone9b #zone9garden

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A yellow squash! Every other squash has fallen victim to vine boring bugs but (so far) this one looks ok. As depressing as it is to watch so many squash get murdered I feel confident things will go better next time. I think I'm going to remove one of my black beauty Zucchini plants. It's horrendous looking and hollow 😭 . I was reading about plants that can be started in the summer here and I might give it a shot and see if they can survive the summer sun. No harm in trying!

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I keep my eyes on the crop. Let me introduce myself. I am Sara, a wannabe gardener, lover of vegetables and plants and nature in general. If I can choose to do something by hand instead of buying it I will try. I share the joy of gardening with my husband, Kris. We are happy to share our ideas and looking forward to your gardening tips and fun stories from your garden. We love the gardening community, so much happy little souls all around. 😎🤙 🌻🌻 👩🏻‍🌾👨🏻‍🌾 #thegardener #gardeners #gardening #gardenerSara #organicgardening #organicveggiegarden #veggiegardener #veggiegardening #vegetablegarden #vegetablegardening #gardenerslife #happygardeninglife #happygardening #growyourown #growyourownveggies #growwithus #organicgardener #organicvegetablegarden #sunflowers #urbangardener #gardenersworld #communitygarden #zone9b #zone9gardening #growyourownfood

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A bowl of sunshine to brighten your Monday! Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend. All these little cherry and pear tomato varieties are great producers in the heat! The kiddos love to grab and eat these too and there’s plenty for the both of them. 💛💚🧡❤️ #arizonagarden #haveagreatweek #happygardening

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The mystery of the unknown squash/melon/pumpkin may be solved. After more research I now believe it is a Peanut Pumpkin. #peanutpumpkin Also, those peanut looking things are actually sugar. Apparently this pumpkin is really sweet and you can eat the flesh.

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Lantana is easily the pinnacle of local landscape popularity. Part of this popularity is because of the #prettyflowers and because it withstands all kinds of neglect and abuse. Often shaped and sheared by local #landsculptors to their doom, and very easy to propagate by cuttings, #lantanas almost have a reputation of being cheap and replaceable, like a plastic bottle or tissue paper. Allow your Lantana to behave more naturally, to be the mounding #groundcover it is, as it will #flower more and perform better under stress. They are #frostsensitiveplants and prone to damage in our Winters; just remove the dead materials after last chance of frost. #sunloving , #heatloving , #colorfulflowers , #butterflymagnets , and tolerant of local soil characteristics, #lantana is worthy of a greater legacy than they have seen in #phoenixlandscapes. #naturallybeautiful #lovethyplants #lowdesert #zone9b #arizona #lowmaintenance #landscapes #lomalandscapes

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Goodness what a pretty flower! . Fun story.... My sweet husband excitedly picked our first passion fruit bloom. My son (who bought the plant) and I gave each other looks as we knowingly gulped that he had also just plucked our first potential fruit. But he's so sweet and his smile giving it to me was so worth it plus it has tons of buds on it. So I gave it a little photo shoot and thanked him for the beautiful flower, reminding him later that the flowers turn to fruit. #passionvine

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Gardening friends! I’m starting on my back patio area. We’re pulling up some of those bricks, and creating a play area for the tiny human/nice area to hangout in and enjoy. I want to plant a tree, possibly in that corner, but wanted to see what kind of tree y’all think would be happy there. I was considering another citrus tree. Probably lemon, but it doesn’t have to be a fruit tree. It gets shade until about 11:00am, and full sun the rest of the day. What do y’all think?? Xoxo 🥰🥰🥰 #gardening #zone9b #phoenix #desert #livesoaliveotherswakeup #love #growfoodnotlawns #growyourown #gardener #desertgarden #arizona #gardening

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June 17th in the garden.⁣ ⁣ I put an end to green bean season. Not much left out there anyway. I don’t pull out the plants. I snip them off at the base, leave the roots in the ground, and throw the plant back in the bed to decompose.⁣ ⁣ I planted five diverse varieties of green beans this year. Three bush and two pole. The pole beans were Purple Podded and Lazy Wife. The Purple Podded was an interesting grow, but I probably won’t plant them again. The Lazy Wife didn’t ever get going. I think I may have planted them too late and they didn’t like the heat. Those will be a no for next season as well.⁣ ⁣ Two of the bush beans were quite successful and they will most certainly go back in the ground this fall. Those are Dragon’s Tongue and Borlotto Di Vigevano Nano. I also planted Blue Lake 24/7 and they didn’t produce as well, so those will not be planted again. ⁣ ⁣ All’s quiet on the bean front for the summer. Next up? Taking out the dead snapdragons. ⁣I have melons, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers left. All good summer crops. Oh, and the sweet potatoes, which will get harvested next spring, and the rouge regular potatoes in the compost pile, which I am going to go dig up right now. I’m curious about what’s in there. ⁣⁣ #mymonthontheplot

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Yesterday’s harvest! The soil in our beds seem to be kicking on all cylinders now!

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One of my absolute favorite varieties of cow peas to grow! This is Holstein and I love the speckled coloration. Seeds available @bakercreekseeds . I picked these before they are completely dry, mostly so that I can see how pretty they are. They can be cooked and eaten in this stage, or dried and stored for future eating or seed sowing. When completely dry, they are more black and white then deep maroon. This is prime cow pea planting season for desert gardeners. Share your favorite variety to plant. . . #solitarybeegardens #agristeading #theagristeadagent #organicgardening #growingorganic #gardeninginthedesert #desertgardening #growingfoodinthedesert #growingfoodinmybackyard #mybackyard #urbangardener #urbangardening #mastergardener #backyardgarden #gardener #growsomethinggreen #arizonagardener #zone9b #thehomegarden #veggiepatch #raisedbedgarden #containergrown #growingfoodincontainers #containergardening #gardeningisfun #growwhatyoureat #mygarden #cowpea #growingcowpeas #beans

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🌺Happy kick-off day of National Pollinators Week!🌺 🐝🦋🦇🐦 Plant some colorful flowers in honor of the pollinators ✌🏼⠀ SOME QUICK FACTS I PULLED FROM @pollinatorpartnership ⠀ 🐝Pollinators are often keystone species, meaning that they are critical to an ecosystem. The work of pollinators ensures full harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere.⠀ 🐝 An estimated 1/3 of all foods and beverages is delivered by pollinators.⠀ 🐝 In the U.S., pollination produces nearly $20 billion worth of products annually.⠀ 🐝How you can help.⠀ 🐝Reduce your impact. Reduce or eliminate your pesticide use, increase green spaces, and⠀ minimize urbanization. Pollution and climate change affect pollinators, too!⠀ 🐝 Plant for pollinators. Create pollinator-friendly habitat with native flowering plants that supply pollinators with nectar, pollen, and homes. For information on what to plant in your area, download a free eco-regional guide online at www.pollinator.org.⠀ 🐝 Tell a friend. Educate your neighbors, schools, and community groups about the importance of pollinators. Host a dinner, a pollinated food cook-off or other event and invite your friends.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #savethebees #pollinatorsweek #bees #honeybee #zinnia #floweroftheday #flowers #blooms #pretty #instahappy #superattractor #ishootfujifilm #pentax645 #fuji400 #mediumformatfilm #pinkflowers #wildflowers #nationalpoilinatorsweek #floridagardener #zone9b #behappy #livecolorfully #thatsdarling #superattractor #theuniversehasyourback #pollinators #abmplantlady #abmspring #summer #gardenvibes #youneedtocalmdown

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Madame anisette’s (white with pink center) fragrance varies greatly bloom to bloom season to season. Today she smells a lot like sweet licorice. Benjamin Britten (red-pink) is amazingly fragrant! Very fruity with a hint of rose, really surprised by this one🥰 Anna’s promise (Orange-coral) and Licorice twist (yellow) aren’t very fragrant to my nose. All of these roses are very new, I’m looking forward to their future 🤗 #benjaminbritten #benjaminbrittenrose #davidaustinroses #davidaustin #annaspromiserose #madameanisette #licoricetwistrose #lavender #arizonagardening #arizonarosegardeners #zone9b

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Went cherry picking in my mom’s backyard

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They said tomatoes wouldn’t grow in full sun over 100 degrees. I said “I’m fixin to try anyways” 🤣 these yellow pear and super sweet 100s seem to not mind it one bit. Each plant is loaded with fruit and blossoms that are still setting fruit daily. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I have no idea what I’m doing but it’s working! No harm in trying. Our garden sits against a west facing wall which means it gets full sun pretty much all day. Oddly enough nothing really seems to mind. In the afternoon things look a little droopy but my sunset everything perks back up. Get out and grow something 🌱 #gardening #tomatoes #yellowpeartomatoes #supersweet100 #desertgardening #zone9b #growingfood #growyourfood #instagarden #homesteadersofinstagram #gardenblog

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