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First Nasturtium bloom ❤️#minnesotagarden #zone4gardening
First Nasturtium bloom ❤️#minnesotagarden #zone4gardening
I forgot I had this #columbine. #minnesotagarden
I forgot I had this #columbine. #minnesotagarden
Spot of perennials. #perennialgarden #perennials #minnesotagarden #countrygarden
Spent the day outside on this beautiful day gardening.  Black and red mulch. English daisies, sweet William's, kong shade plants, coral bells, hydrangeas and many more. 🌸🌼💮🏵
#gardensofinstagram #gardening #minnesotagardening #minnesotagarden #springtime #springplanting #flowers #flowersofinstagram #minnesotagirl
Spent the day outside on this beautiful day gardening. Black and red mulch. English daisies, sweet William's, kong shade plants, coral bells, hydrangeas and many more. 🌸🌼💮🏵 #gardensofinstagram #gardening #minnesotagardening #minnesotagarden #springtime #springplanting #flowers #flowersofinstagram #minnesotagirl
Yo estudio Español aqui. 😉

I decided to reupholster the random pillows I have with a $10/yard outdoor fabric from Joann's. The surrounding plants make for a peaceful corner, conducive to learning.

BTW, I'm learning on Duolingo, and while I am learning more vocabulary and am steadily getting better at conjugation, nothing beats actually using the language with an actual Spanish speaker. Too bad school has ended, now I will have to make do with watching Destinos on YouTube. 
#succulents #duolingo #studycorner #balconygarden #apartmentgardening #containergarden #urbangardening #minneapolis #minnesota #minnesotagarden #minnesotagardening
Yo estudio Español aqui. 😉 I decided to reupholster the random pillows I have with a $10/yard outdoor fabric from Joann's. The surrounding plants make for a peaceful corner, conducive to learning. BTW, I'm learning on Duolingo, and while I am learning more vocabulary and am steadily getting better at conjugation, nothing beats actually using the language with an actual Spanish speaker. Too bad school has ended, now I will have to make do with watching Destinos on YouTube. #succulents #duolingo #studycorner #balconygarden #apartmentgardening #containergarden #urbangardening #minneapolis #minnesota #minnesotagarden #minnesotagardening
Lovely and very bright combo for our shady back deck. I may lean towards purples and pinks in the garden but I can go a bit wilder in pots that sit in darker areas. I am blown away by these beautiful orange begonias and those rex begonias will be coming inside as houseplants this fall, their foliage is way too gorgeous!
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#containergardening #colorfulgarden #shadegarden #containergarden #shadeplants #begonias #grasstogarden #patiogardening #brightflowers #zone4gardening #minnesotagarden #northerngardener #ilovegardening #midwestgarden #gardenblogger #flowersofinstagram #moreflowersplease #iloveflowers #gardentherapy #mygardentoday
Lovely and very bright combo for our shady back deck. I may lean towards purples and pinks in the garden but I can go a bit wilder in pots that sit in darker areas. I am blown away by these beautiful orange begonias and those rex begonias will be coming inside as houseplants this fall, their foliage is way too gorgeous! . . . . . . . #containergardening #colorfulgarden #shadegarden #containergarden #shadeplants #begonias #grasstogarden #patiogardening #brightflowers #zone4gardening #minnesotagarden #northerngardener #ilovegardening #midwestgarden #gardenblogger #flowersofinstagram #moreflowersplease #iloveflowers #gardentherapy #mygardentoday
The joy of the prairie/savanna garden is that it is different every year. Some species diminish, others really take off. Weeding is still part of life with this kind of gardening, especially where legumes show up. The soil in this spot isn’t great, since it was the leftovers of construction, compacted, and only received a bit of compost. Despite that, most species are doing great and those that haven’t are forgotten. In this garden are grasses:
Bottle brush grass, little blue stem, blue grama grass, prairie dropseed grass, side oats grama grass, palm sedge (non native to MN), and forbs: blue stem goldenrod, gray goldenrod, columbine, woodland phlox, sky blue aster, calico aster, smooth aster, lions foot, early meadow rue, thread leaf milkweed, butterfly weed (milkweed), poke milkweed (for shade), prairie phlox, prairie onion, royal catchfly (non native MN), button blazing star, hairy beardtongue (non native MN), and likely a few others. #spring #landscape
 #raisedbeds #raisedgardenbeds #raisedbedgarden #outdoorliving #urbangardening #urbangarden #growyourown #growyourownfood #kitchengarden  #garden #gardendesign #minneapolisgarden #stpaulgarden #stpaul #minneapolis #minnesotagarden #nativeplants #prairieplants #prairie #savannaplants #artistandbuilder #frontyard #backyard #aster #milkweed #pollinatorplants #pollinators #grasses
The joy of the prairie/savanna garden is that it is different every year. Some species diminish, others really take off. Weeding is still part of life with this kind of gardening, especially where legumes show up. The soil in this spot isn’t great, since it was the leftovers of construction, compacted, and only received a bit of compost. Despite that, most species are doing great and those that haven’t are forgotten. In this garden are grasses: Bottle brush grass, little blue stem, blue grama grass, prairie dropseed grass, side oats grama grass, palm sedge (non native to MN), and forbs: blue stem goldenrod, gray goldenrod, columbine, woodland phlox, sky blue aster, calico aster, smooth aster, lions foot, early meadow rue, thread leaf milkweed, butterfly weed (milkweed), poke milkweed (for shade), prairie phlox, prairie onion, royal catchfly (non native MN), button blazing star, hairy beardtongue (non native MN), and likely a few others. #spring #landscape #raisedbeds #raisedgardenbeds #raisedbedgarden #outdoorliving #urbangardening #urbangarden #growyourown #growyourownfood #kitchengarden #garden #gardendesign #minneapolisgarden #stpaulgarden #stpaul #minneapolis #minnesotagarden #nativeplants #prairieplants #prairie #savannaplants #artistandbuilder #frontyard #backyard #aster #milkweed #pollinatorplants #pollinators #grasses
I once had a pile of dirt that I didn’t know what to do with. I started treating it like a garden closet; I would put plants in it that didn’t have a home until I could figure out where they really belonged. It didn’t take long before the closet became an intentional garden. This deep pink peony is but one of several flowering plants that have their permanent home in the former garden closet. I spotted my first bloom today, and it brought sunshine to places in my heart that haven’t felt much warmth lately. #peonies #peoniesofinstagram #gardensofinstagram #gardens #flowers #blossoms #pink #happygarden #happygardeninglife #northerngardening #minnesotagarden #zone4b #selfcare #gardentherapy #urbangardening #urbangardener
I once had a pile of dirt that I didn’t know what to do with. I started treating it like a garden closet; I would put plants in it that didn’t have a home until I could figure out where they really belonged. It didn’t take long before the closet became an intentional garden. This deep pink peony is but one of several flowering plants that have their permanent home in the former garden closet. I spotted my first bloom today, and it brought sunshine to places in my heart that haven’t felt much warmth lately. #peonies #peoniesofinstagram #gardensofinstagram #gardens #flowers #blossoms #pink #happygarden #happygardeninglife #northerngardening #minnesotagarden #zone4b #selfcare #gardentherapy #urbangardening #urbangardener
Have you ever been walking along in a garden or on a pathway and smelled something...not floral...not sweet, but savory? More than likely you just passed by some delectable smelling garlic chives! These perennial herbs have flat, tender leaves with a flavor midway between garlic and onion. They are delicious in salads, soups, stir-fry's, spreads, flavored vinegars and biscuits.😋🌿 .
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The flowers that appear in summer are actually edible, and attract pollinators and other beneficial insects. This herb is best used fresh, and has many medicinal uses. Ancient Chinese herbal medicine uses garlic chives for boosting immune systems, promoting good digestion and helping alleviate anemia.

Plant in an area that has sun. Garlic Chives do well in the garden or in a pot.🌿🧡✨ .
#garlicchives #chives #garlicchivebiscuits #garlicchivebutter #garlicchivevinegar #chiveherbs #esthersorganics #grandmaesther #esthersgarden #organic #organiclifestyle #organicfarm #minnesotafarm #organicminnesota #minnesotaorganic  #minnesotaorganicfarming #localherbs #localfarm #organicherbs #edibleorganics #organicgardening #organicgardening #minnesotagarden
Have you ever been walking along in a garden or on a pathway and smelled something...not floral...not sweet, but savory? More than likely you just passed by some delectable smelling garlic chives! These perennial herbs have flat, tender leaves with a flavor midway between garlic and onion. They are delicious in salads, soups, stir-fry's, spreads, flavored vinegars and biscuits.😋🌿 . . The flowers that appear in summer are actually edible, and attract pollinators and other beneficial insects. This herb is best used fresh, and has many medicinal uses. Ancient Chinese herbal medicine uses garlic chives for boosting immune systems, promoting good digestion and helping alleviate anemia. Plant in an area that has sun. Garlic Chives do well in the garden or in a pot.🌿🧡✨ . #garlicchives #chives #garlicchivebiscuits #garlicchivebutter #garlicchivevinegar #chiveherbs #esthersorganics #grandmaesther #esthersgarden #organic #organiclifestyle #organicfarm #minnesotafarm #organicminnesota #minnesotaorganic #minnesotaorganicfarming #localherbs #localfarm #organicherbs #edibleorganics #organicgardening #organicgardening #minnesotagarden
I didn't anticipate this peony bush getting even bigger than last year but it certainly has! It's easily 4' tall and twice the height of the grow-thru grid I had put on it so I had to stake it with bamboo and twine. Whenever it rains, the heavy flower heads will just flop to the ground. I got this shrub from an old neighbor for free so I don't know which one it is but it has multiple buds on each stem so I'm very very excited for a long bloom season from these!
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#peonies #springblooms #whiteflowers #springinmn #grasstogarden #gardenblogger #zone4gardening #northerngardener #minnesotagarden #ilovegardening #flowergarden #gardensofinstagram #suburbangarden #cottagegarden #mygarden #perennialgarden #perennials
I didn't anticipate this peony bush getting even bigger than last year but it certainly has! It's easily 4' tall and twice the height of the grow-thru grid I had put on it so I had to stake it with bamboo and twine. Whenever it rains, the heavy flower heads will just flop to the ground. I got this shrub from an old neighbor for free so I don't know which one it is but it has multiple buds on each stem so I'm very very excited for a long bloom season from these! . . . . . . #peonies #springblooms #whiteflowers #springinmn #grasstogarden #gardenblogger #zone4gardening #northerngardener #minnesotagarden #ilovegardening #flowergarden #gardensofinstagram #suburbangarden #cottagegarden #mygarden #perennialgarden #perennials
I don't know about you but I love hodgepodge bouquets! It's especially rewarding knowing that each bloom comes from my own garden. But believe me, it was so hard snipping anything because they're all just starting to take off.  Once all the annuals start flowering, there will be a bouquet for everyday!😁 Can't wait!
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#diybouquets #grasstogarden #zone4gardening #minnesotagarden #northerngardener #ilovegardening #gardenblogger #flowergarden #flowersofinstagram #moreflowersplease #iloveflowers #gardentherapy #mygardentoday #bouquet #thriftedvase
I don't know about you but I love hodgepodge bouquets! It's especially rewarding knowing that each bloom comes from my own garden. But believe me, it was so hard snipping anything because they're all just starting to take off. Once all the annuals start flowering, there will be a bouquet for everyday!😁 Can't wait! . . . . . . . . #diybouquets #grasstogarden #zone4gardening #minnesotagarden #northerngardener #ilovegardening #gardenblogger #flowergarden #flowersofinstagram #moreflowersplease #iloveflowers #gardentherapy #mygardentoday #bouquet #thriftedvase
My peonies are showing their colors! #peony #gardening #minnesotagarden
My peonies are showing their colors! #peony #gardening #minnesotagarden
Check out my dianthus after the last rain 🥰
#minnesotagarden #patiogarden #flowers #urbangarden #dianthus #stlouispark #backyardgardener #pinkflowers
Very exciting to see potato blossoms so early in June! I'm going to plant potatoes in March every year if we can get fresh potatoes earlier in the season!! Growing in containers allows me to do that here in zone 4. 😊 It definitely feels like growing them in containers is easier than in-ground. Last year, I constantly had to pull weeds from around each plant and then hilling up each one a couple of times. So much less maintenance in containers!
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#containergardening #growingfood #potatoes #containergarden #grasstogarden #zone4gardening #minnesotagarden #northerngardener #ilovegardening #midwestgarden #gardenblogger #growfoodnotlawns #suburbangarden #zone4garden #veggiegarden #veggies #rootvegetables
Very exciting to see potato blossoms so early in June! I'm going to plant potatoes in March every year if we can get fresh potatoes earlier in the season!! Growing in containers allows me to do that here in zone 4. 😊 It definitely feels like growing them in containers is easier than in-ground. Last year, I constantly had to pull weeds from around each plant and then hilling up each one a couple of times. So much less maintenance in containers! . . . . . . . . #containergardening #growingfood #potatoes #containergarden #grasstogarden #zone4gardening #minnesotagarden #northerngardener #ilovegardening #midwestgarden #gardenblogger #growfoodnotlawns #suburbangarden #zone4garden #veggiegarden #veggies #rootvegetables
I’ve let one of my earliest broccoli heads go way longer than I usually do, completely out of my comfort zone, to see how far I can let this variety go before it starts to bolt. What has captivated me while observing this variety in particular is the seemingly sacred geometry that has been embedded in this floret since it first started to form early last week. With its two neighbors, I harvested them what I now can see as at least a day or more too early. When growing brassicas, especially cauliflower and broccoli, you just have to work through the uncertainty of not knowing if it was just right or if you could have let it grow another day. And each season is a little different with high temperatures being a major influence on the happiness of these generally cooler season crops. I left this outside overnight, but will harvest in the morning. As I said a few days ago, we need to care for one another like we do our gardens. And tending to each of our own selves is a huge part of growing together. For me, that looks like a lot of quiet time in my garden. If you love gardening and growing food, perhaps, like me, food security and food justice issues would be a good place to start in your community. Just some food for thought. Keep tending your hearts and souls and gardens, my friends.
I’ve let one of my earliest broccoli heads go way longer than I usually do, completely out of my comfort zone, to see how far I can let this variety go before it starts to bolt. What has captivated me while observing this variety in particular is the seemingly sacred geometry that has been embedded in this floret since it first started to form early last week. With its two neighbors, I harvested them what I now can see as at least a day or more too early. When growing brassicas, especially cauliflower and broccoli, you just have to work through the uncertainty of not knowing if it was just right or if you could have let it grow another day. And each season is a little different with high temperatures being a major influence on the happiness of these generally cooler season crops. I left this outside overnight, but will harvest in the morning. As I said a few days ago, we need to care for one another like we do our gardens. And tending to each of our own selves is a huge part of growing together. For me, that looks like a lot of quiet time in my garden. If you love gardening and growing food, perhaps, like me, food security and food justice issues would be a good place to start in your community. Just some food for thought. Keep tending your hearts and souls and gardens, my friends.
This is a before shot...I'll be changing out the plants in the big square pot and doing some other stuff.😉 I'm trying to up my container gardening game because I love the versatility they provide and the pots themselves can bring character and charm to any surrounding. The big round pot in back is new and I got it to pot up my pussy willow tree but now, I'm thinking of getting another one to start our patio pond in. It's seriously that big! I'll put some water-loving plants in it like cannas and Prince Tut papyrus grass and of course, a solar fountain! Courtyard makeover begins tomorrow!!😁
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#gardenplanning #grasstogarden #flowergarden #zone4gardening #northerngardener #minnesotagarden #gardenblogger #gardenlove #springplanters #containergardening #ilovegardening #gardentransformation #mygardentoday
This is a before shot...I'll be changing out the plants in the big square pot and doing some other stuff.😉 I'm trying to up my container gardening game because I love the versatility they provide and the pots themselves can bring character and charm to any surrounding. The big round pot in back is new and I got it to pot up my pussy willow tree but now, I'm thinking of getting another one to start our patio pond in. It's seriously that big! I'll put some water-loving plants in it like cannas and Prince Tut papyrus grass and of course, a solar fountain! Courtyard makeover begins tomorrow!!😁 . . . . . . . . . #gardenplanning #grasstogarden #flowergarden #zone4gardening #northerngardener #minnesotagarden #gardenblogger #gardenlove #springplanters #containergardening #ilovegardening #gardentransformation #mygardentoday
Just a little frog chilling out.
Just a little frog chilling out.
Fresh cut peonies from the garden.
Finding my own version of peace during these chaotic times.
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#garden #gardening #gardenfresh #peonies #minnesotagarden #peoniesofinstagram #mnbride #canthesebemyweddingcolors #bridetobe #bridetobe2020 #weddingmonth #innerpeace #findyourhappy
Fresh cut peonies from the garden. Finding my own version of peace during these chaotic times. . . . . . . #garden #gardening #gardenfresh #peonies #minnesotagarden #peoniesofinstagram #mnbride #canthesebemyweddingcolors #bridetobe #bridetobe2020 #weddingmonth #innerpeace #findyourhappy
Some current blooms. The heat and rain are helping speed things along in the garden. .
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#springblooms #grasstogarden #zone4gardening #minnesotagarden #northerngardener #ilovegardening #midwestgarden #gardenblogger #flowersofinstagram #moreflowersplease #iloveflowers #gardentherapy #mygardentoday
The world is feeling heavy right now. We are finding serenity and peace on the farm.🌿💕
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Because Minnesota’s growing season is so short, life in marching on from spring to early summer. The fields must be planted - lambs are born, and must play - the sheep must graze - and the llama protects his herd. We'll meet you under the shade of the tree, on the swaying tire swing!🌼🌿🧡 .
#peace #peaceonthefarm #serenity #serenityonthefarm #lambs #sheep #guardllama #tireswing #esthersorganics #grandmaesther #esthersgarden #organic #organiclifestyle #organicfarm #minnesotafarm #organicminnesota #minnesotaorganic  #minnesotaorganicfarming #localherbs #localfarm #organicherbs #edibleorganics #organicgardening #organicgardening #minnesotagarden
The world is feeling heavy right now. We are finding serenity and peace on the farm.🌿💕 . Because Minnesota’s growing season is so short, life in marching on from spring to early summer. The fields must be planted - lambs are born, and must play - the sheep must graze - and the llama protects his herd. We'll meet you under the shade of the tree, on the swaying tire swing!🌼🌿🧡 . #peace #peaceonthefarm #serenity #serenityonthefarm #lambs #sheep #guardllama #tireswing #esthersorganics #grandmaesther #esthersgarden #organic #organiclifestyle #organicfarm #minnesotafarm #organicminnesota #minnesotaorganic #minnesotaorganicfarming #localherbs #localfarm #organicherbs #edibleorganics #organicgardening #organicgardening #minnesotagarden
First strawberry harvest... and let me tell ya it was really good🍓
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#strawberries #garden #homestead #homesteading #freshfood #minnesotagarden #gardenbeginner
First strawberry harvest... and let me tell ya it was really good🍓 • • • #strawberries #garden #homestead #homesteading #freshfood #minnesotagarden #gardenbeginner
First Nasturtium bloom! And some other photos around the garden #minnesotagarden #zone4gardening
First Nasturtium bloom! And some other photos around the garden #minnesotagarden #zone4gardening
Evening light in the garden #minnesotagarden #smallshop #gardenshop #aftonmn #aftonarea #aftonmnstrong
Peaceful Garden
Visit and enjoy Thursday-Sunday 12 to 5. #minnesotagarden #gardenshop #plantlove #plantsofinstagram #squirehousegardens #aftonarea #aftonmnstrong
DWARF CONIFERS for northern gardens. #gardendesign #japanesegarden #peacefulgarden #minnesotagarden #squirehouseplants
PEONY TIME The garden peonies are popping! Visit Thursday - Sunday Noon to 5. #peonyseason #squirehouseplants #minnesotagarden #aftonarea #aftonmnstrong
PEONY TIME The garden peonies are popping! Visit Thursday - Sunday Noon to 5. #peonyseason #squirehouseplants #minnesotagarden #aftonarea #aftonmnstrong
🍓 Strawberries 🍓
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First handful of strawberries!
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#strawberries #fruit #minnesotagarden #gardenplanting #strawberry #sweet #tart #red #berries #strawberrypicking #homegrown #growyourownfood #delish #healthyfood
🍓 Strawberries 🍓 . . First handful of strawberries! . Already gone. 😋 . . #strawberries #fruit #minnesotagarden #gardenplanting #strawberry #sweet #tart #red #berries #strawberrypicking #homegrown #growyourownfood #delish #healthyfood
Garden Lesson: ‘Layers’
1 pm Saturday, June 6 in the garden with Martin Stern. Free talk. Join us! #minnesotagarden #plantsmakepeoplehappy #northerngardening #aftonarea #squirehouseplants
Garden Lesson: ‘Layers’ 1 pm Saturday, June 6 in the garden with Martin Stern. Free talk. Join us! #minnesotagarden #plantsmakepeoplehappy #northerngardening #aftonarea #squirehouseplants
Thank you Mr. Bumblebee 🐝 for pollinating my raspberries! .
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Did you know the loud vibration sound the bee makes is called “buzz pollination”? By doing this, they vibrate the flower with their wing muscles and that movement releases a large amount of pollen onto themselves. .
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I could watch them all day 🐝❤️
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#nature #natureisbeautiful #bumblebee #polinators #raspberries #minnesotagarden #growyourownfood #growingraspberries #beautyinnature #beesarelife #bees #savethebees #berries #growingseason #spring
Thank you Mr. Bumblebee 🐝 for pollinating my raspberries! . . Did you know the loud vibration sound the bee makes is called “buzz pollination”? By doing this, they vibrate the flower with their wing muscles and that movement releases a large amount of pollen onto themselves. . . I could watch them all day 🐝❤️ . . #nature #natureisbeautiful #bumblebee #polinators #raspberries #minnesotagarden #growyourownfood #growingraspberries #beautyinnature #beesarelife #bees #savethebees #berries #growingseason #spring
First year growing my tomatoes from seed! Definitely didnt think they would do so well- makes it so much more exciting than store bought tomatoes (which there are a few of those as well)
#homesteading #gardenlife #igrewthat #lovethislife #tomatoes🍅 #minnesotagarden #heirloomtomatoes
First year growing my tomatoes from seed! Definitely didnt think they would do so well- makes it so much more exciting than store bought tomatoes (which there are a few of those as well) #homesteading #gardenlife #igrewthat #lovethislife #tomatoes🍅 #minnesotagarden #heirloomtomatoes
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First time planting peas in my garden and they just sprouted! Can’t wait for fresh peas! .
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#vegetablegarden #minnesotagarden #gardenplanting #spring #sprouting #peas #growyourownfood #newgrowth #gardening #vegetables
•P E A S• . . First time planting peas in my garden and they just sprouted! Can’t wait for fresh peas! . . #vegetablegarden #minnesotagarden #gardenplanting #spring #sprouting #peas #growyourownfood #newgrowth #gardening #vegetables
So I found another old tomato whose seeds had decided to sprout. I figured this was a sign that meant I have to grow a few to see what happens. I gently separated the clump of seedlings and took the 4 strongest ones to pot up. It's currently 90°F right now and looks like 1 has wilted a bit. I thought to bring them inside but I know tomatoes are pretty tough so they'll be fine. Besides, I'm not in need of another tomato plant and I'm not even sure what variety this is! If it grows, I'll put it along the backyard fence. If the neighbors want to pick some ripe tomatoes, they're more than welcome to!🍅🍅🍅
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#tomatoes #tomatotuesday #grasstogarden #seedlings #seedstarting #zone4gardening #minnesotagarden #northerngardener #ilovegardening #midwestgarden #growyourown #growfood #fromseed
So I found another old tomato whose seeds had decided to sprout. I figured this was a sign that meant I have to grow a few to see what happens. I gently separated the clump of seedlings and took the 4 strongest ones to pot up. It's currently 90°F right now and looks like 1 has wilted a bit. I thought to bring them inside but I know tomatoes are pretty tough so they'll be fine. Besides, I'm not in need of another tomato plant and I'm not even sure what variety this is! If it grows, I'll put it along the backyard fence. If the neighbors want to pick some ripe tomatoes, they're more than welcome to!🍅🍅🍅 . . . . . . #tomatoes #tomatotuesday #grasstogarden #seedlings #seedstarting #zone4gardening #minnesotagarden #northerngardener #ilovegardening #midwestgarden #growyourown #growfood #fromseed
#spring2020 #minnesotagarden
So here’s the garden as of June 1. It was nice to see that everything seems to be thriving, especially the #garlicscapes. 🌱

#urbangardening #urbangarden #minnesotagarden #raisedgardenbeds #raisedbeds #raisedbedgarden #vegtablegarden #veggarden 
#growyourownfood #growtoeat #growyourown #growyourownveg #tomatoplant #tomatogarden
This morning’s harvest before the heat arrived included our first beets and the last of our earliest bok choy. The beets are not bulbing well this spring, but that’s just how it is sometimes. I hope the second succession does better. We may have overplanted our third succession of spring radishes; they are germinating in many areas of the garden while the second sowing is maturing, so if June’s heat moderates, we may have radishes all month long. I pulled some celery that just wasn’t cooperating. The iceberg lettuce never disappoints. I’ll have to share ripping it open in my stories; it’s pretty high up on our must-grow list. The kohlrabi is being enjoyed, like an apple: one a day. The asparagus is old news at this point but over a month in and still pushing up stout stems for the most part. We’ve been able to share quite a bit of produce already, and that always feels great to spread the food around. I ate bok choy for breakfast and dinner today, a sign that we have come full circle back to eat-what’s-in-season. I eat the healthiest when my garden dictates my meals, and that is definitely one of the greatest benefits and privileges of having this kind of food security. It’s a lot of work, but feeds us well which is invaluable. I hope you are tending to yourselves and your gardens and your loved ones. Sending peace.
This morning’s harvest before the heat arrived included our first beets and the last of our earliest bok choy. The beets are not bulbing well this spring, but that’s just how it is sometimes. I hope the second succession does better. We may have overplanted our third succession of spring radishes; they are germinating in many areas of the garden while the second sowing is maturing, so if June’s heat moderates, we may have radishes all month long. I pulled some celery that just wasn’t cooperating. The iceberg lettuce never disappoints. I’ll have to share ripping it open in my stories; it’s pretty high up on our must-grow list. The kohlrabi is being enjoyed, like an apple: one a day. The asparagus is old news at this point but over a month in and still pushing up stout stems for the most part. We’ve been able to share quite a bit of produce already, and that always feels great to spread the food around. I ate bok choy for breakfast and dinner today, a sign that we have come full circle back to eat-what’s-in-season. I eat the healthiest when my garden dictates my meals, and that is definitely one of the greatest benefits and privileges of having this kind of food security. It’s a lot of work, but feeds us well which is invaluable. I hope you are tending to yourselves and your gardens and your loved ones. Sending peace.
I saw this at Kelley & Kelley nursery this weekend and I’m pretty sure I need one now. 
#espalier #ginkgo #landscapedesign #treesofinstagram #plantshopping #plantlust #treeporn #minnesotagarden #northerngardener
I saw this at Kelley & Kelley nursery this weekend and I’m pretty sure I need one now. #espalier #ginkgo #landscapedesign #treesofinstagram #plantshopping #plantlust #treeporn #minnesotagarden #northerngardener
In spite of everything, flowers bloom. #peony #lilac #minnesotagarden
In spite of everything, flowers bloom. #peony #lilac #minnesotagarden
Chive blossom pasta topped with radishes 😛 #minnesotagarden #victoryharvest #gardentokitchen
Chive blossom pasta topped with radishes 😛 #minnesotagarden #victoryharvest #gardentokitchen
Got this plaque/stepping stone in memory of my dad. I get my green thumb and work ethic from him and my mom. My dad loved flowers. He even preferred tiny flower prints on his shirts over stripes or dots. 😊 His birthday is coming up soon and I'm hoping my white peonies will be in bloom by then so I can bring him a bouquet. He loved the quiet elegance of white flowers best, according to my mom. He was a quiet soul, so it was very fitting. I miss him endlessly. 😢
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#memorygarden #grasstogarden #remember #daddysgirl #dad #zone4gardening #flowergarden #flowerbed #minnesotagarden #ilovegardening #gardenblogger
Got this plaque/stepping stone in memory of my dad. I get my green thumb and work ethic from him and my mom. My dad loved flowers. He even preferred tiny flower prints on his shirts over stripes or dots. 😊 His birthday is coming up soon and I'm hoping my white peonies will be in bloom by then so I can bring him a bouquet. He loved the quiet elegance of white flowers best, according to my mom. He was a quiet soul, so it was very fitting. I miss him endlessly. 😢 . . . . . . . . #memorygarden #grasstogarden #remember #daddysgirl #dad #zone4gardening #flowergarden #flowerbed #minnesotagarden #ilovegardening #gardenblogger
Since we built our house I have dreamed of this day... where I could put my extras out to my community and help provide some fresh goodies to neighbors. It isn’t much right now, but I hope to one day have a cart set up with garden goodness to inspire the littles (and maybe not-so-littles) to grow a garden of their own. A girl can dream ❇️ . Also... the basement aquaponic and hydroponics setups have totally gotten away from me and gone feral 😂. I’m really happy those guys take care of themselves for the most part, as all my time is outside right now! #minnesota #garden #minnesotagarden #suburbangarden #raisedbeds #gardening #gardensofinstagram #aquaponics #hydroponics #leeks #onions #mint #herbs #foodequality #growyourown #victorygarden
Since we built our house I have dreamed of this day... where I could put my extras out to my community and help provide some fresh goodies to neighbors. It isn’t much right now, but I hope to one day have a cart set up with garden goodness to inspire the littles (and maybe not-so-littles) to grow a garden of their own. A girl can dream ❇️ . Also... the basement aquaponic and hydroponics setups have totally gotten away from me and gone feral 😂. I’m really happy those guys take care of themselves for the most part, as all my time is outside right now! #minnesota #garden #minnesotagarden #suburbangarden #raisedbeds #gardening #gardensofinstagram #aquaponics #hydroponics #leeks #onions #mint #herbs #foodequality #growyourown #victorygarden
Happy Monday All! With everything happening in our communities and across the country right now, we are all looking for some anxiety and stress relief. We would recommend trying the herb Borage. 🌿🌼This common herb believed to have originated in Aleppo was used in Ancient Rome to help lift the mood and relieve stress. Known for it's cooling quality and refreshing cucumber-esque flavor, Borage was often prescribed for combating melancholy.

Borage can also be used medicinally to reduce fever, cough, sore throat, as a decongestant for the lungs. The dried leaves are used to make tea, while the fresh flowers can be used to enhance cold drinks, fruit salads, in ice cubes and be candied to decorate cakes and confections. Enjoy some relaxing borage tea today, followed by a gin and tonic with borage ice cubes tonight!☕️🌿🌼🍸✨
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#borage #borageflowers #boragetea #borageicecubes #stressrelief #moodbooster #weloveminnesota #esthersorganics #grandmaesther #esthersgarden #organic #organiclifestyle #organicfarm #minnesotafarm #organicminnesota #minnesotaorganic  #minnesotaorganicfarming #localherbs #localfarm #organicherbs #edibleorganics #organicgardening #organicgardening #minnesotagarden
Happy Monday All! With everything happening in our communities and across the country right now, we are all looking for some anxiety and stress relief. We would recommend trying the herb Borage. 🌿🌼This common herb believed to have originated in Aleppo was used in Ancient Rome to help lift the mood and relieve stress. Known for it's cooling quality and refreshing cucumber-esque flavor, Borage was often prescribed for combating melancholy. Borage can also be used medicinally to reduce fever, cough, sore throat, as a decongestant for the lungs. The dried leaves are used to make tea, while the fresh flowers can be used to enhance cold drinks, fruit salads, in ice cubes and be candied to decorate cakes and confections. Enjoy some relaxing borage tea today, followed by a gin and tonic with borage ice cubes tonight!☕️🌿🌼🍸✨ . . #borage #borageflowers #boragetea #borageicecubes #stressrelief #moodbooster #weloveminnesota #esthersorganics #grandmaesther #esthersgarden #organic #organiclifestyle #organicfarm #minnesotafarm #organicminnesota #minnesotaorganic #minnesotaorganicfarming #localherbs #localfarm #organicherbs #edibleorganics #organicgardening #organicgardening #minnesotagarden
I love cosmos, don’t you? They are stunning, resilient plants with paper thin petals that hold an abundance of color. I always plant the Sonata mix amongst my vegetables for summer-long color and to help with pollination. This particular blossom really stole my heart this morning. Flowers from @tonkadale . #cosmos #perennials #summer #gardensofinstagram #happygardener #happygardeninglife #zone4b #minnesotagarden #urbangarden #northerngardening #pink
I love cosmos, don’t you? They are stunning, resilient plants with paper thin petals that hold an abundance of color. I always plant the Sonata mix amongst my vegetables for summer-long color and to help with pollination. This particular blossom really stole my heart this morning. Flowers from @tonkadale . #cosmos #perennials #summer #gardensofinstagram #happygardener #happygardeninglife #zone4b #minnesotagarden #urbangarden #northerngardening #pink
A look back across the month of May in the garden. Grateful for the fruit trees blooming this spring and the harvests that are quickly becoming plenty to feed us and share with neighbors. The beauty of the garden truly is deepened when we share this connection with others, and my deepest joy is finding connections near and far with people who love to grow food as much as we do. Food is one of many global threads that bind us all together. It’s time we start to take care of one another like we do our gardens. And for me, that has meant to begin to understand my role in systemic racism. I am listening to the book White Fragility, learning just how much more listening I need to do. I need to do better. We have the opportunity to find a new path forward, and for most of us, it starts with seeing clearly and being open to listening and discussing this topic with others. I hope you will do the work, too. It’s time.
A look back across the month of May in the garden. Grateful for the fruit trees blooming this spring and the harvests that are quickly becoming plenty to feed us and share with neighbors. The beauty of the garden truly is deepened when we share this connection with others, and my deepest joy is finding connections near and far with people who love to grow food as much as we do. Food is one of many global threads that bind us all together. It’s time we start to take care of one another like we do our gardens. And for me, that has meant to begin to understand my role in systemic racism. I am listening to the book White Fragility, learning just how much more listening I need to do. I need to do better. We have the opportunity to find a new path forward, and for most of us, it starts with seeing clearly and being open to listening and discussing this topic with others. I hope you will do the work, too. It’s time.
Blueberries are IN!! 6 shrubs, alternating #northcountryblueberry and #northblueblueberry  I didn’t get a pic after putting them in the ground, but they’re in there and watered thoroughly with acidifying water. (I just love transformation pics!🤩) #growingblueberries #backyardblueberries #berrypatch #backyardberrypatch #patiogarden #containergardening #minnesotagarden #minnesotagardening #zone4gardening #zone4b
Blueberries are IN!! 6 shrubs, alternating #northcountryblueberry and #northblueblueberry I didn’t get a pic after putting them in the ground, but they’re in there and watered thoroughly with acidifying water. (I just love transformation pics!🤩) #growingblueberries #backyardblueberries #berrypatch #backyardberrypatch #patiogarden #containergardening #minnesotagarden #minnesotagardening #zone4gardening #zone4b
First little #harvest #organic #growyourownfood #zone4b #minnesotagarden
So handy to have my herbs right outside the kitchen door 🌱

#herbs #herbgarden #containergardening #minnesotagarden #midwestgardening #cb2 #sage #lemongrass #basil #rosemary #thyme
So handy to have my herbs right outside the kitchen door 🌱 #herbs #herbgarden #containergardening #minnesotagarden #midwestgardening #cb2 #sage #lemongrass #basil #rosemary #thyme
If you turn up the volume you'll be soothed by the sounds of the #smoothjazz blasting from my neighbor's car. 🎷🎶💗😂 Personally, I think we could all use a little smooth jazz right now. #letthemusicplay Here's a tour of my #containergarden #charsgarden2020 #minnesotagarden I definitely remembered to plant some #sage so I could dry it all at the end of the season and sage the shit out of the remainder of 2020. 🌱🧘 Gardening and taking care of my house plants has really helped reduce my general anxiety over the last few years. Let's just say I've been planting more than ever lately. 😅 #somuchanxiety #iloveminnesota #peaceinminnesota There's so many different #hotpeppers for homemade salsa and jars of pickled #peppers. Striped Heirloom #tomatoes 🍅 and a few other #vegetables for late summer meals. Bee Balm, Marigolds, Zinnia, Petunias and other #flowers #herbs to (hopefully) attract pollinators up to my 2nd story deck. 🐝 🌼 Obviously, these guys are still small since I just planted last week. It won't be long before it's a little jungle up here. I highly recommend @getgruvi #nonalcoholic Prosecco while gardening. It has a nice dry bite! #soberaf Oh and I made a delicious #capresesalad for my monthly book club. It was a nice escape from my obsessive news watching and finger nail biting. Hoping all my friends and family are safe and healthy. ❤️
If you turn up the volume you'll be soothed by the sounds of the #smoothjazz blasting from my neighbor's car. 🎷🎶💗😂 Personally, I think we could all use a little smooth jazz right now. #letthemusicplay Here's a tour of my #containergarden #charsgarden2020 #minnesotagarden I definitely remembered to plant some #sage so I could dry it all at the end of the season and sage the shit out of the remainder of 2020. 🌱🧘 Gardening and taking care of my house plants has really helped reduce my general anxiety over the last few years. Let's just say I've been planting more than ever lately. 😅 #somuchanxiety #iloveminnesota #peaceinminnesota There's so many different #hotpeppers for homemade salsa and jars of pickled #peppers. Striped Heirloom #tomatoes 🍅 and a few other #vegetables for late summer meals. Bee Balm, Marigolds, Zinnia, Petunias and other #flowers #herbs to (hopefully) attract pollinators up to my 2nd story deck. 🐝 🌼 Obviously, these guys are still small since I just planted last week. It won't be long before it's a little jungle up here. I highly recommend @getgruvi #nonalcoholic Prosecco while gardening. It has a nice dry bite! #soberaf Oh and I made a delicious #capresesalad for my monthly book club. It was a nice escape from my obsessive news watching and finger nail biting. Hoping all my friends and family are safe and healthy. ❤️
A bumblebee to brighten your day. 🐝 I've been gardening a lot the last few days. The last week has been hectic here in Minneapolis, but it's important to remember to practice self-care. You can't help others if you don't first take care of yourself. 
#mngarden #bumblebee #bleedinghearts #mnspring #minnesotagarden #urbangarden
A bumblebee to brighten your day. 🐝 I've been gardening a lot the last few days. The last week has been hectic here in Minneapolis, but it's important to remember to practice self-care. You can't help others if you don't first take care of yourself. #mngarden #bumblebee #bleedinghearts #mnspring #minnesotagarden #urbangarden
I think we are finally in the safe zone after having a FROST last night! No plant babies were lost since I carried them all in, and the predicted lows will be in the 50's from tonight on out.
Here on this ranch inthe swamp I have learned nothing is safe before June first or after August 30. There there was the year we had windshield-scraping frost on July 7th 😯
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#frostinthegarden #plantstarts #vegetablegardening #minnesotaweather #minnesotagardening #minnesotagarden #minnesotaliving #gardenmoments #gardeninglife #gardengal #homesteadinglife #homesteader #homesteadlife #homesteadersofinstagram #homesteading #gardenersofig #mngardening #mnhomesteader
I think we are finally in the safe zone after having a FROST last night! No plant babies were lost since I carried them all in, and the predicted lows will be in the 50's from tonight on out. Here on this ranch inthe swamp I have learned nothing is safe before June first or after August 30. There there was the year we had windshield-scraping frost on July 7th 😯 . . . . #frostinthegarden #plantstarts #vegetablegardening #minnesotaweather #minnesotagardening #minnesotagarden #minnesotaliving #gardenmoments #gardeninglife #gardengal #homesteadinglife #homesteader #homesteadlife #homesteadersofinstagram #homesteading #gardenersofig #mngardening #mnhomesteader
What a neat find out in the #veggiegarden today while weeding. This tomato that I left to compost in the soil last fall decided to grow its babies. Unfortunately, I already have more #tomatoes than I know what to do with so back into the #compost bin it goes. Nature is so neat. Who knew a tomato's seeds would survive our harsh winter with no protection whatsoever! 🍅
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#seedlings #grasstogarden #growsomethinggreen #zone4gardening #northerngardener #minnesotagarden #ilovegardening #gardenblogger #growyourown #growfood #fromseed
What a neat find out in the #veggiegarden today while weeding. This tomato that I left to compost in the soil last fall decided to grow its babies. Unfortunately, I already have more #tomatoes than I know what to do with so back into the #compost bin it goes. Nature is so neat. Who knew a tomato's seeds would survive our harsh winter with no protection whatsoever! 🍅 . . . . . . . . #seedlings #grasstogarden #growsomethinggreen #zone4gardening #northerngardener #minnesotagarden #ilovegardening #gardenblogger #growyourown #growfood #fromseed
Good morning!! Purple flowers are going strong right now. 💜💜💜 Planning to spend most of the day in the garden, how about you? I got more flexi-containers to grow some veggies in. Hoping they will do as well as the potatoes! Then more planting in the new front garden. 😊 .
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#grasstogarden #minnesotagarden #zone4garden #northerngardener #gardenlove #gardenblogger #gardenplanning #cottagegarden #potagerinspired #pollinatorgarden #perennialgarden #perennials #pollinatorgarden #gardenborder #springinmn
Good morning!! Purple flowers are going strong right now. 💜💜💜 Planning to spend most of the day in the garden, how about you? I got more flexi-containers to grow some veggies in. Hoping they will do as well as the potatoes! Then more planting in the new front garden. 😊 . . . . . . . . . . #grasstogarden #minnesotagarden #zone4garden #northerngardener #gardenlove #gardenblogger #gardenplanning #cottagegarden #potagerinspired #pollinatorgarden #perennialgarden #perennials #pollinatorgarden #gardenborder #springinmn
I will never get tired of this view, this woodland garden and my veggie garden beyond. I even love how lush my lawn looks after carefully tending to it for weeks. It pays off to go out and spend a few hours pulling weeds everyday!😂
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#grasstogarden #minnesotagarden #zone4garden #northerngardener #gardenlove #gardenblogger #gardensofinstagram #suburbangarden #woodlandgarden #veggiegarden #gardengram #shadegarden #greengrass #hostas #heucherella #curbappeal #curbsidegarden #nofilternecessary
I will never get tired of this view, this woodland garden and my veggie garden beyond. I even love how lush my lawn looks after carefully tending to it for weeks. It pays off to go out and spend a few hours pulling weeds everyday!😂 . . . . . . . #grasstogarden #minnesotagarden #zone4garden #northerngardener #gardenlove #gardenblogger #gardensofinstagram #suburbangarden #woodlandgarden #veggiegarden #gardengram #shadegarden #greengrass #hostas #heucherella #curbappeal #curbsidegarden #nofilternecessary
I’m am now the proud? new owner of two more tomato plants. This brings my total to 6 plants, which is realistically more than I should have, but hey, no one stopped me! Also, I got this old rocking chair for $15 today and can now sit in my porch, yay! #gardening #minnesotagarden #tomatoes #victorygarden2020 #paulrobesontomato #chocolatesprinklestomatoes
I’m am now the proud? new owner of two more tomato plants. This brings my total to 6 plants, which is realistically more than I should have, but hey, no one stopped me! Also, I got this old rocking chair for $15 today and can now sit in my porch, yay! #gardening #minnesotagarden #tomatoes #victorygarden2020 #paulrobesontomato #chocolatesprinklestomatoes
First radish of the season! #minnesotagarden #zone4gardening #victoryharvest
First radish of the season! #minnesotagarden #zone4gardening #victoryharvest
Little late on the Celery train. Thought I had celery in my garden but it was just a weed 🌿 😆 now time to get it done the right way ✅
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#celery #plantingseason #gardenupdate #newbiegardener #vegetablegardening #nofilter #gardenplanting #minnesotagarden #vegetables
Little late on the Celery train. Thought I had celery in my garden but it was just a weed 🌿 😆 now time to get it done the right way ✅ . . . . #celery #plantingseason #gardenupdate #newbiegardener #vegetablegardening #nofilter #gardenplanting #minnesotagarden #vegetables
Look at this beauty that found its way into my garden today!!😂 🌸🏵 Another Itoh peony called Takara, or Treasure, from @monroviaplants . It literally stopped me in my tracks and regardless of the $ tag, I needed it. My Kopper Kettle peony is already bloomed out and the herbaceous peonies are budded up but no blooms yet so yes, I was just craving peony blossoms! I love the multicolored pinks with the yellow stamens in the center. They look almost tropical. 😊
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#itohpeony #pinkflowers #grasstogarden #zone4gardening #minnesotagarden #perennialgarden #perennials #springblooms #inmygarden #flowergarden #moreflowersplease
Look at this beauty that found its way into my garden today!!😂 🌸🏵 Another Itoh peony called Takara, or Treasure, from @monroviaplants . It literally stopped me in my tracks and regardless of the $ tag, I needed it. My Kopper Kettle peony is already bloomed out and the herbaceous peonies are budded up but no blooms yet so yes, I was just craving peony blossoms! I love the multicolored pinks with the yellow stamens in the center. They look almost tropical. 😊 . . . . . . . . . #itohpeony #pinkflowers #grasstogarden #zone4gardening #minnesotagarden #perennialgarden #perennials #springblooms #inmygarden #flowergarden #moreflowersplease
This year I went all out and bought all different colors of geraniums! These flowers are easy to take care of and always look so nice.
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#minnesotagarden #flowers #geranium #pinkflowers #whiteflowers #sunshine #redflowers #spring #summerishere #prettyflowers🌸 #flowersofinstagram #flowerphotography
This year I went all out and bought all different colors of geraniums! These flowers are easy to take care of and always look so nice. . . . . #minnesotagarden #flowers #geranium #pinkflowers #whiteflowers #sunshine #redflowers #spring #summerishere #prettyflowers🌸 #flowersofinstagram #flowerphotography
Trying my hand at harvesting chive blossoms for a salad vinaigrette. Still so much pain this morning, so I am working through it, in part, by being in the garden. Will head back to help with clean up this afternoon, but not before I spend time with the flowers and vegetables. By finding deep roots, I can withstand the strong winds. #gramyourgarden #gardensofinstagram #gardens #chives #growyourownfood #spring #zone4b #urbangarden #northerngardening #minnesotagarden #minnesotagardening #justiceforgeorgefloyd
Trying my hand at harvesting chive blossoms for a salad vinaigrette. Still so much pain this morning, so I am working through it, in part, by being in the garden. Will head back to help with clean up this afternoon, but not before I spend time with the flowers and vegetables. By finding deep roots, I can withstand the strong winds. #gramyourgarden #gardensofinstagram #gardens #chives #growyourownfood #spring #zone4b #urbangarden #northerngardening #minnesotagarden #minnesotagardening #justiceforgeorgefloyd
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