zone9b Photos & Videos

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Home again {for a minute} after 2 weeks of vacation. I love coming home and seeing what is happening in my gardens. I'll start with the good stuff and show you the bad later today. My luffa looks like it was meant for this arbor and the Zinnia beside it is as happy as can be. #azgardening #azflowers #homegrown #urbangarden #ornamentalgardening #vegetablegarden #arbors #organicgardening #backyardgarden #gardens #zinnia #luffa #vines #vacation #growsomething #greenthumb #zone9b #thepottersbench

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Pass by and check out the new beds!

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New tings for the garden 🌱

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Update on the pole beans. Here is where patience is needed 😂. These 8 day old (from when the seed was planted) #kentuckywonderbeans sprouted and popped up so quickly but now we wait. I’ll be excited when I see runners. #zone9b

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Not sure why these are called “Blue Jay” peppers because they’re a purple bell pepper that eventually turns red when mature. Don’t harvest them when they’re purple like this because they’re not sweet at this stage. Seems to be a very prolific variety and like all bell peppers, they can get sun scorched so keep them protected from that hot afternoon sun ☀️. • • • #nofilter #capsicum #pepper #bellpepper #bluejaybellpepper #growsomethinggreen #homegrown #growyourown #organicgardening #gardening #garden #vegetablegarden #raisedbeds #raisedbedgarden #summergarden #backyardgarden #homegarden #urbanorganicgardener #urbangarden #suburbangarden #epicgardening #lovegardeners #zone9 #zone9b #californiagarden

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Just a gulf fritillary butterfly enjoying some nectar from the passionflower vine 😊🦋

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The great thing about living in a milder climate is that we will have tomatoes through Thanksgiving. The bad thing is it’s mid-July and they still look like this! #green tomatoes #zone9b #tomato #california

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My first #passionflower of the season! (Though not fully open... it still is pretty to look at!) I’ve yet to get fruit from my plant. I believe it’s the #frederickpassionfruit variety and it was gifted to us by some close friends of ours. I’ve been babysitting this thing in it’s pot for about 1.5 years now, with no fruit in sight, then again I was distracted by all the new varieties I was growing last year, so my main goal was just to ensure this perennial in #zone9b came back after winter. Now that I know the vine stays evergreen in my area, my goal is to coax some fruit out of this bad boy. I’ve been fertilizing with Fox Farm’s Ultra Bloom and the plant is starting to flower. So far, so good... but it’s funny where you gain your garden knowledge - I learned the Ultra Bloom trick when I first attempted growing cannabis. While I’ve given up on growing that crop (spider mites... ugh.) I’ve since learned this was amazing when used on my tomatoes and beans. Go figure. I’m still burying shrimp shells and bananas but it’s nice to not worry about whether or not a critter will unearth what I buried and ruin a plant. 😅 #passionfruit #passionfruitvine #passionflower #fredericks #passiflora #passionfruits #passionfruittea #herbaltea #containergarden #fruitgarden #gardeninspiration #gardenfresh #gardentotable #inbloom #flowersofig #flowersoftheday #flowerstyle #flowershow #flowergarden #urbangardening #fruitpassion #plantlady #plantlove #plantladyisthenewcatlady #tropicalflowers #tropicalfruit #tropicalgarden #healthyish

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2 days ago

Steady growth on this side of the garden...3 more months until harvest for almost everything growing here; the only thing that’s being harvested right now are the summer squash, but it’s nice to see the pumpkins are plumping up! • • • #nofilter #fromseed #gardenpath #flagstone #DIY #pumpkinpatch #pumpkins #growsomethinggreen #homegrown #growyourown #organicgardening #gardening #garden #vegetablegarden #raisedbeds #raisedbedgarden #summergarden #backyardgarden #homegarden #urbanorganicgardener #urbangarden #suburbangarden #epicgardening #lovegardeners #zone9 #zone9b #californiagarden

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The Suyo Long cucumber produces well every year. This variety seems resistant to powdery mildew. The Suyo Long cucumber, this variety originates from China. It grows best in hot weather (perfect for Houston), & can grow 15-18 inches long with vines up to 5 feet. These cucumbers have a unique ribbed shape & can be picked at any point from young to fully matured. . . . . . . . . . . . #UrbanGardenCoach #GardenCoach #UrbanGardenConsultant #Entrepreneur #MasterGardener #Garden #Gardener #OrganicGarden #OrganicGardening #UrbanOrganicGardener #Houston #Zone9B #CityGarden #GardenFresh #GardenInspiration #GardenDesign #GrowSomethingGreen #InMyGarden #TheHappyGardeningLife #Cucumber #UrbanOrganicGardener #GrowingFood #BackyardGarden #EdibleGarden #GrowWhatYouEat #VeggieGarden #713Day #VegetableGarden #EatRealFood #Harvest

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Every muckle mek a muckle. Benefits of Composting >Reduce landfill waste > Enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pest >Reduce the need of chemical fertilizer. > Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a rich nutrient-filled material. #composting #compostbin #cleanenviroment #reduce #reuse #recycle #landfill #growyourownfood #organicgarden #centralflorida. #zone9b #urbanfarming #sustainableliving #jamaicanculture #jamaicaproverbs

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Fresh picked local mangoes are on the menu tonight! I’m thinking that we will also plant a mango tree this year along with stone fruit trees, they seem to truly flourish in our area. Hope that you and your family are enjoying the start of the weekend! 🌳

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This is a cherimoya blossom on our tree! They are so much work to pollinate. Each flower has a male and female stage. They do not pollinate easily in our area as they are native to South America. You have to collect the pollen from the male and pollinate the female. Then you break off the corner of the bloom so you know it is done. Supposedly if you over pollinate a bloom the fruit will have a ton of seeds! But the delicious fruit makes it worth the effort! #cherimoya #pollination #tropicalfruit #freefood #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #greenthumb #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #urbanfarm #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #blossoms #fruit #eathealthy #permaculture #foodforest #zone9b #socal #sandiego #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

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Exciting things growing on in the garden today!!! Today's tomato harvest...except the handful I ate before I could get a photo. Mini butternut squash is really taking off. Firste eggplant baby. First sprouts of bush beans. And, the most exciting....my monarch caterpillars!!! I watched their momma lay their eggs, so this is pretty exciting for me. #gramyourgarden #growyourfood #urbanfarmer #backyardgarden #tomatoes #monarchbutterfly #monarchcaterpillar #milkweed #milkweedformonarchs #tomatoesfordays #whoneedsgrass #homegrown #sumnergarden #vegetablegarden #zone9b

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⛅️We installed these ourselves y'all! 💪🏼👩🏻‍🌾👩🏼‍🌾💪🏼 but we couldn't have done it all without the help of my dad, the engineer! We are SO happy how these turned out considering we kept hitting bricks and other Nola Artifacts when digging for the posts. Next: landscape fabric!

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3 days ago

Tough little dried Olive leaves ready to be sent through the food processor and chopped smaller for tea. I've always tinctured my fresh Olive leaves and have never used them for tea because I was afraid the tea would be too bitter. Recently I read that olive leaf tea is supposed to taste much like green tea only less bitter and more sweet. Well then, better get chopping! 🍃

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Velvet Queen blooming by the compost bins. She’s so pretty! [It’s time to plant more sunflower and zinnia seeds. Velvet Queen grows to four-feet tall and has multiple blooms on each stalk. While temps are so hot, plant seeds where the seedlings will get some light shade from surrounding plants (in mid-Sept seeds can be planted in full sun because it’s cooler.) Water each morning. Enjoy!] 🌻✨ #zone9b #garden #desertplantingcalendar #desert #desertbloom #sunflower #bloom #sunflowers #seeds #plantseeds #arizonagardening #diygarden #warmseason #gardengreetings

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3 days ago

We put this Lychee tree in the ground for our anniversary June of last year. It is loving our summer heat and humidity this year, and the new growth on it is beautiful. Hopefully this year some fruit can hang on. This will be a huge personal win if I can get it to produce. It receives 40% shaded sun from around 9 am until noon and then is shaded. About a fruit of mulch surrounds it, but I make sure not to allow it to hit the trunk. . . . #fruittrees #growfood #mulch #feedthesoil #trees #rarefruit #raretrees #lychee #lycheetree #zone9b #d3400 #nofilter #garden #gardening #green #tropical #desertgarden #woodchips

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The corn is starting to make its entrance 🌽 🌾! #corn #zone9b

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Believe it or not - this is spinach! Malobar is the prettiest edible vine with maroon stems and lovely purply-white flower buds. I actually like the taste, too. It’s a little slimy like okra when you bite into it, so I battered it in tempura and fried it once. 🤣 Lotta work to do that, but yummy. Normally I just eat the leaves straight off the vine. [It can handle a TON of sun with daily water and when it gets cold, it will die back and re-seed itself for next summer.] I bought my start from Rose @vilardigardens (Rose is selling on Sat/Wed, 9a-1p @uptownmarketaz ) #spinach #growyourveggies #ediblegarden #yummygarden #tastyandhealthy #growsomethinggreen #gardening #vine #fullsun #warmseason #zone9b #azgarden #vegetables #organicveggies #organicgarden

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This garden bed is solely for growing peppers. These are Tabasco pepper plants that are a little over 4 feet tall & have taken over the bed. Don’t let these little peppers fool you - they have a little kick to them. The peppers change from green, to orange, to red. I like to pick them once they’re red for optimal heat. These are the peppers used to make Tabasco Hot Sauce. 🌶 . . . . . . . . . . . #UrbanGardenCoach #GardenCoach #UrbanGardenConsultant #Entrepreneur #MasterGardener #Garden #Gardener #OrganicGarden #OrganicGardening #UrbanOrganicGardener #Houston #Zone9B #CityGarden #GardenFresh #GardenInspiration #GardenDesign #VegetableGarden #GrowSomethingGreen #InMyGarden #TheHappyGardeningLife #GrowingFood #BackyardGarden #Organic #EdibleGarden #Pepper #Peppers #Spicy #GrowWhatYouEat

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Anyone have ideas for using frozen avocados? Our neighbor gave us 102 avocados 🥑 that had dropped from the tree during the hot weekend. We have added lemon juice and vacuum sealed them in our food saver. Luckily there was room in the freezer. I know I can make guacamole, pasta sauce maybe, or in my smoothies. Any ideas? Oh and did I mention we have four trees too? Ours are younger so they don’t produce as much. Gotta love free food! #avocado #freefood #guacamole #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #vacuumsealed #foodsaver #urbangarden #urbanhomestead #urbanfarm #eathealthy #growfood #growyourownfood #growfoodnotlawns #backyardgarden #mygarden #mybackyard #permaculture #foodforest #instafood #greenthumb #fruittree #orchard #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

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3 days ago

Butterfly season 💜🦋 we had two beautiful female monarch butterflies enclose this morning. I spotted another chrysalis under the stairs, not yet ready but maybe almost...

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Mmmmm, Figs! This is the BEST tree for bringing the neighbors over to play. And by play, I mean eat. Annual Impromptu Gathering of the Neighborhood Fig & Cheese Party coming soon. 🎉 [I thought my tree was “stalled” and the Figs were going to harden and drop without ripening, but a great convo on a local gardening board led me to giving my tree 1x a week DEEP waterings and sure enough these babies have begun to plump-up and ripen. Now it’s all about Me vs. Birds. 😂] #violettedebordeaux #figs #myfavoritefigtree #purplefig #purplefigs #growfood #fruittree #dwarffruittree #zone9b #garden #arizonagardening #harvest #growsomethinggreen #todaysharvest

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4 days ago

It is so easy to harvest & save herbs from your garden. To harvest dried oregano I use my forefinger & thumb to pinch the stem, then slide down into a jar or plate. That’s it- then store in an airtight jar with your other spices. Swipe left to see the full harvest ➡️ Curious about starting a garden? Fall is the best planting season in Houston- click the link in my bio to get a garden consultation set up. Let’s get growing! . . . . . . . . . . . #UrbanGardenCoach #GardenCoach #UrbanGardenConsultant #Entrepreneur #Garden #Gardens #Gardener #Zone9B #MasterGardener #OrganicGardening #Houston #Harvest #CityGarden #FarmToTable #GardenFresh #Growing #GardenInspiration #VegetableGarden #GrowSomethingGreen #Herb #Herbs #HerbGarden #TheHappyGardeningLife #InMyGarden #UrbanOrganicGardener #Spices #GrowingFood #OrganicGarden #UrbanGreen #BackyardGarden

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I planted this little lady in a nicely spaced in ground bed... and shortly thereafter rogue sunflowers took over! It’s taken a few months but she’s finally thriving! #zinnia #zone9b

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Wishing I was on a tropical island this summer. But at least I can feel a bit closer to one by growing my own pineapple! Super easy to grow, and all you need are kitchen scraps and patience! Link in my bio for my latest blog post. Do you grow any tropical plants?

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4 days ago

It's the time of year to start planning your fall garden. If you live in the Houston area I hope you’re also planning on starting your seed starts. Does anyone else besides me get tired or fed up with purchasing the same varieties every season from the local plant store? I like to explore and try new shit and the only way to discover everything gardening has to offer is to sit down with seed catalogs and pick your own varieties. I counted over 100 varieties of tomatoes in one magazine. I know your local garden center can't give you options like that. What do you plant in your fall garden? . . . . . . . . . . . #UrbanGardenCoach #GardenCoach #UrbanGardenConsultant #Entrepreneur #Garden #Gardens #Gardener #Zone9B #MasterGardener #OrganicGardening #Houston #Summer #Fall #CityGarden #GardenFresh #GardenInspiration #GrowSomethingGreen #Plant #Planting #TheHappyGardeningLife #InMyGarden #UrbanOrganicGardener #GardenDesign #OrganicGarden #UrbanGreen #UrbanPlants #BackyardGarden #Growing #Seed #Seeds

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4 days ago

Re did some raised beds 👋

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#nofilters needed for this gorgeous zebra longwing butterfly on a Mexican sunflower. Although the flowers are not native, the butterfly sure is! The zebra longwing butterfly is the state butterfly of Florida. It uses passionflower vines as a host plant for caterpillars, and it has a very long lifespan (6 months) compared to most other butterflies (1 month). I've just discovered a volunteer corky stem passionflower vine next to the red passionflower vine. Not sure where these volunteers are coming from... I'm thinking a neighbor must have a butterfly garden of their own that is slowly creeping into our yard. Not that I mind 😊 Since the corky stem is native to Florida, and the red passionflower is native to Brazil, I'm considering pulling the red to make room for the corky. Need to do a little more research first, though...

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5 days ago

Poking around in the wildflowers and I came across this little guy. At first I thought it was a yellow lady bug but now I’m not sure. No damage in the area so I’m hoping she’s friendly! #yellowladybug #yellowladybeetle #whatisit #zone9b Edit: I think it’s a cucumber beetle 😤

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I needed basil for a zucchini ravioli recipe I was preparing for a group of friends. I didn't have any regular basil so I decided to snip some leaves from one of my many African blue basil plants. It was great, I couldn't tell the difference! I'll definitely be using it more often when I need fresh basil because I always have African blue! That stink bug needs to go though. 🤨 . . #africanbluebasil

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It was so hot this weekend! Came home from the beach to a fried yard and a 117 degree afternoon. Our water bill is already over $300 a month, we need rain! I’m hoping most of the plants will survive. The photos are of our apple tree, Papaya, banana tree, loquat tree, chayote squash, rose bush, rapini, and potatoes. Luckily the chickens don’t mind burned produce! #hotweather #socalsummer #heatwave #mybackyard #mygarden #permaculture #foodforest #growfood #growyourownfood #eathealthy #appletree #freefood #organic #organicfood #organicgarden #urbangarden #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #greenthumb #backyardgarden #growfoodnotlawns #papaya #bananatree #socal #sandiego #zone9b #blossomvalleylife #ilovemygarden

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5 days ago

My sister asked if I had any vegetables to spare from the garden...I told her I only had one okra ready to harvest and maybe a few other things 😏. I think she’ll enjoy this little care package harvested this morning! • • • #nofilter #growsomethinggreen #homegrown #growyourown #organicgardening #gardening #garden #vegetablegarden #raisedbeds #raisedbedgarden #summergarden #backyardgarden #homegarden #urbanorganicgardener #urbangarden #suburbangarden #epicgardening #lovegardeners #zone9 #zone9b #californiagarden

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5 days ago

Still haven’t been able to grow a good watermelon. Try again next year. #zone9b #watermelon

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Polydamus swallowtail larvae (caterpillars), from oldest to youngest. You can see the group of eggs in the third picture, not yet hatched. We have at least two of these clusters. I'm so happy to be hosting more native arthropods in our garden, however, I am conflicted about this particular host plant. It is "elegant Dutchman's pipe" (aka "calico flower"), and it is not native to Central FL. I did not plant it and was weeding it out for months before realizing that it is a host plant for Polydamus swallowtail caterpillars. I let it grow before learning that it is also a death trap for pipevine swallowtail caterpillars (a species related to the Polydamus). Thankfully, I haven't seen too many pipevine swallowtail butterflies around, and their range is mostly north of here. Still, I will be looking to phase out this vine regardless and replace it with another Polydamus swallowtail host plant--one that is native to Central FL.

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6 days ago

Four of the seven varieties I’m growing...the other 3 are pole beans and not producing as well because of the heat 🔥. Growing bush or pole beans here is a little more of a challenge during the summer...seeds for pole beans need to be sown as early as possible and protected from the afternoon sun. My bush beans in the @vegepod are still going strong with the help of the shade cloth; I’ve been harvesting several pounds every other day this past week with more on the way. I’ll give the pole beans one more try next year and if it’s a fail, I’ll be sticking to bush beans! • • • #nofilter #bushbeans #polebeans #runnerbeans #growsomethinggreen #homegrown #growyourown #organicgardening #gardening #garden #vegetablegarden #raisedbeds #raisedbedgarden #summergarden #backyardgarden #homegarden #urbanorganicgardener #urbangarden #suburbangarden #epicgardening #lovegardeners #zone9 #zone9b #californiagarden

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