Garden Journal Challenge Wrap Up - APRIL WINNERS!
As host of the Garden Journal Challenge this month, I feel like I've been on an Open Garden world tour! Everything is at different points in its growth cycle when you have a world of gardens to see. I've joined people for garden preparation, seed planting, transplanting, harvesting and plant buying.
How gorgeous are all these garden selfies!
Let's start in the Philippines with our first entry from @afterglow, who has been weeding and re-revealing his little Eggplant gems. I wonder how long it will be before we see the first fruits from them.
Then a visit to @luckylaica who has everything going on from seed sowing, to transplanting and harvesting. There is even some recycling happening to extend the growing area off the ground.
All our Filipino gardeners seem determined to make me jealous with their luscious gardens. This time we join @discoveringarni as she barters, transplants, re-pots and even harvests some huge beans!
Then it's over to Indonesia to watch @umirais transplant crops into the garden. There is so much ginger and those bananas are looking good too!
Next we head to Vietnam to see @tuocchu's passionfruit vines. In true food forest fashion these are being grown among pepper trees, bringing in a second crop to the same area of soil, with plans to plant beans in there soon as well.
Also in Asia @uhighboy has been transplanting pandan from a cutting into a pot, in order to get it established ready for going in the garden.
Shooting over to Nigeria we get to see @rheda's bumper harvest of cucumbers happening, with lots of melons developing too. Here we have more than just a garden, it's a thriving small scale farm.
Over in Turkey the cherry blossoms are out, so @uzercanan is taking us on a tour of her friend's orchard.
Staying in Turkey a bit longer, we take a tour with @baycan around a tangerine orchard in Antalya, the land of citrus fruits.
Let's move on to Serbia where @nikolina is waiting for seeds to sprout and enjoying the stone fruit blossoms on the trees.
Then we're off to another new destination to join @fotostef in Crete, see the Botanic Gardens and share why this would be his fantasy farm. There is certainly lots of inspiration to be found here.
It's not that I am dreaming of a farm exactly like this park but the biodiversity, the unorthodox mixture of plants coming from different continents and climates as well as the overall feeling, are pretty close to my fantasy!
While we're here, we may as well join @fotostef's partner @traisto to catch up on what their own farm is doing. It's looking pretty close to fantasy level for me already! Just look at all these seedlings ready to go into the soil:
In Italy we get a video tour of a hillside garden with a view with our next tour guide, @clareartista. This incredible garden puts me in mind of The Secret Garden, especially as we hear how much trimming and clearing has been happening to get it where it is.
In Germany, @exator is preparing for the warmer weather with seedlings, seeds musings and shows us lots of chilli plants, which led into a wonderful discussion on heat and flavour.
Journeying on to Venezuela, @multifacetas is battling water shortages and heat, in order to keep her plants alive. She brings us indoors where they are sheltering in pots until the weather allows for them to be transferred outside.
While we're here, let's visit @fanyokami who shares her passion for cacti and succulents with us. First we get to visit an exhibition and then see her own collection.
Not too far away @coquicoin has been growing tomatoes and they've been getting some tasty harvests.
Next is a combination mystery destination as @proto26 takes us from the gardens in his temperate fatherland back home to his own garden. From curcubits to cacti and even striking air plants, it's an enjoyable tour to take.
Elsewherein the world, @owasco shares her frustrations at the periwinkle taking over her garden. Is this a pest plant where you live or a desirable ornamental? Anyway, it's a good job she's been clearing and preparing, because the expected delivery of bare root blueberries arrived early and needed to go into the ground immediately!
We finish up in Australia with @blingit's big garden project coming together and she includes some bonus garden selfies just for us!
After that exciting but tiring tour, let's get to the winners!
Vegetable garden prize @luckylaica @rheda
Passion garden prize @clareartista @blingit @fanyokami
I couldn't decide on this one, so I'll be adding another 5 Hive of my own to the pot in order to include them all.
And the random generator picked @multifacetas for the selfie Prize
Congratulations, 5 Hive each is heading your way!
Last, but by no means least, the winner of @riverflows' comment challenge post from last week is @ligayagardener!
I forgot to include @cesarj21 as beneficiary for the selfie use in the challenge post, so I'm including him here. Thank you for being such a great cover model for us! I'm also including a beneficiary for @owasco for the ongoing delegation to @gardenhive, thank you.