Hive Garden Journal Wrap Up November: And Check out the Lovely Hive Gardener Selfie Wall!

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As the weather warms up here I'm finding it increasingly hard to keep up with my Hive duties. It was a pretty hot day today so in the afternoon I chilled out and enjoyed reading all your posts. I do apologise if I was tardy in commenting on them! As usual I loved every single one and appreciate you all joining in. If I neglected any here I am sorry - drop me a kind line and I'll try to make it up to you. I'm only human and sometimes I err!

Without further ado, here's this week's wrap up. If you missed some of these go give at least three some love, or catch up with their latest. Engagement is everything on this platform - a bit of commenting kindness goes a long way.

@jenthoughts writes about something we all know too well, as gardeners - sometimes there's a crushing disappointment as things fail to thrive, sometimes joy when they do. Still, it's a learning process. Her squash and moringa seem to be doing well now. We have to take the losses with the gains.

@jude9 wrote about his friends cocoa harvest. I had no idea they were so huge! It was also really interesting to find some of the problems the cocoa farmers face in Ghana, such as illegal mining.

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@lizelle has to contend with MONKEYS no less, but at least they leave her herbs alone - and her roses! She also talked about the POTENTIAL in seeds - they make such a good metaphor, don't they?

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@sanjeevm has been totally hammered with rain in India - that's why we haven't heard from him. It's been a struggle for gardeners there as rain is heaven for insects. However, he did have luck with malabar spinach and I just had to share this delicious Indian meal, which is making my mouth water....

I love the tangle of @clareartista's garden here, and how she is cleverly showing a twig whilst actually showing us the view from her garden he he. Plus her posts are peppered with Italian words which seems rather exotic to me.

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Whether or not you believe in 'climate change' as a permanent thing, still, it's worth worrying about at least a little - @anttn shared this blossom in FRANCE IN NOVEMBER. What the actual??? It seems like everone all over is having some unseasonable anomalies...and it DOES affect how we garden, and what we can grow, and how well our crops do. I guess we all have to be flexible, try new things, adjust. @anttn himself has had a few issues with the place he was growing but knows it's better focussing on what's to hand and what's next. Doesn't gardening make us all a little philosophical?

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@tydynrain's garden is certainly exotic to me in Hawaii - mangosteens, cacao, poha berries and a heap more than I just haven't heard of or don't grow where I am. What a wonderland he walks through, munching on delicous fruits! Including peanut butter fruit - I mean, wow!

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@thebigsweed turned 70 yesterday, as I wrote this - Nov 6th. Goodness me. Gardening sure keeps you young! He's been busy cleaning up leaves for the black gold compost he's been making. I was a little disappointed not to see him rolling around in the leaves for a selfie though... tsk. Like most of the States, @goldenoakfarm is also raking leaves and tidying up for winter.

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@fotostef's been back in the garden again after a few months of travelling, particularly the olive groves. Can you just imagine this view from your garden?

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And his beautiful other half, @traisto, also graced us with a post. Again, the view from the olive groves is to die for. Can you spot her in the selfie wall below? Hint: she's smiling amongst the olives which is totally understandable.

A cute selfie from @fanyokami as well. Plus, a garden tattoo on a gardener? Perfect...

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Newbie @veri-ardhian has a LOT of cactuses too. I always appreciate a cacti collection - they are so architecturally pleasing!

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@gertu's garden is doing well, from cucumbers and zucchini to cacti and monstera. @nill2021 tells us that her daughter thinks she's obsessed with sunflowers. I can understand why, can't you?

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Check out this amazing roselle hibiscus in @amy-goodrich's garden! Apparently you can make tacos from it, and if you aren't following Amy for her amazing food you should be - and let's hope she posts a recipe! I don't know how she'll ever move away from the tropics - noni, limes and all sorts of fruits grace her vegan table. Yum. Can you see her kissing a papaya in the garden selfie wall?

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And here's something super cool - @lightcaptured grew and harvested SAFFRON!

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@dream-sky shared his garden in Bangledesh - guava, betel nut and papaya were some of the plants he shared. He's really keen on using organic pesticides or not at all as it's much better for your health - and the health of living things on the planet too.

Like @sanjeevm, @sofs-su is also in India, so the rain has been a pain there too. But that hasn't stopped this very pretty okra harvest...and lots of others too, like turmeric and ginger. She does worry about the climate like many of us, and things do seem very off for a lot of gardener this year. What do you think? Comment below!

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Would you believe @rem-steem's neighbours emptied their vaccuum onto their garden on their balcony??? What a disaster. Neighbours can be such pains. Extending love to them and hoping the garden recovers quickly and the neighbour is a bit more aware next time.

Not taking away from anyone who also did amazing posts this month, but you MUST check out this post by @ciadanmea - her school garden is fabulous and colourful and she is clearly passionate about her students too. What a wonderful place to learn. YOu can see her with her students in the selfie wall before. Every now and then there is a clear winner for the Passion Prize and this week she wins a full 10 HIVE.

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Other prize winners this week were @amy-goodrich for the Selfie Prize with her papaya kissing loveliness, @lightcaptured for wowing me with saffron, and @fotostef for his inspiringly beautiful photos of his garden. Check your wallets for the prizes. Remember if you've won recently you may be excluded from the prizes the following week and if you've got a killer payout on your post I tend to miss it too - congratulations if you did - doesn't that just prove that gardening brings abundance, or at least writing about it for the Garden Journal?

See you in December - and oh, enjoy the selfie wall! Can you name them all?

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Amazing way to compile different content 😁.. Those plants are too pretty

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I'm glad you liked it... I do try to make it worth your while!o

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Its always good to read gardening stories from good and bad, from ups and downs because it teaches us lesson.

Thank you so much @riverflows for initiating this initiative where all gardeners could share stories and get ideas from it. I am looking forward to write another garden journal next month.

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I love your entries! You are clearly passionate 💚

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This was amazingly compiled garden journals @riverflows... Thank you so much for this initiative, I loved it much. So much to learn from the different stories and scenarios of a gardener's life. I learned so much.

What's more shocking is the Passion Prize?.. I was like is this for real and still could not believe it... I am really grateful @riverflows and to all the friends and gardeners here in the hive. I am truly delighted and humbled for this award. Thank you again. 🥰

To all the beautiful hive friends and gardeners, I am sending you my big thank you hug🥰☺☺

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Well deserved... It was very inspiring and moving!

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Awesome wrap up post as always @riverflows and great garden journals!
I was thrilled by the post of @ciadanmea and her passion, definitely a clear winner :)

Oh, and thanks for the cover, haha! It made me smile :)

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Wasn't it? I usually divide the prize a bit as I like to spread the love and it always takes ages to decide but this one just had to take all the cake and well deserved too. And your happy smiling face HAD to be on the cover... !!

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I absolutely agree! When I read it I knew we were all done for, haha! Well deserved for sure and glad it made your life easier :)

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Congratulations to the winners and you all have beautiful gardens I loved the passion award well deserved.

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Honestly I'm Thinking of getting a succulent tattoo maybe soon haha. I loved the selfie wall!! So many smiling faces :D

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Oh do it!!!! I was thinking of a mushroom one 😂

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Thanks so much for the feature and the prize, my wallet became much happier :) Moreover, considering this was my first post in this wonderful and friendly community!

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Thank you so much for the selfie prize and congrats to all other winners and entries. Wouldn't we all want to wake up to @fotostef's garden view every day? Just wow.

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All these amazing posts, altogether, make me hopeful. Homesteading is such a pure and joyful process. The photos are telling how happy the people behind them are.
Thanks for the wrap-up :)

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It does infuse me with hope too. I'm sorry about your neighbour...

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I'm sorry for them too. hahaha...Life gave me the chance to be more grateful and be a little better than them :)

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That is really incredible engagement of all members in the community. To me most posts are frequently visit in the week and making sure that you are commented as they deserve. I really love your hard work. Thanks also for the featuring most of my post and the support you give me. It is really my pleasure to work you as team to grow #HiveGarden community.

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Wonderful wrap up and thanks for the mention. I couldn't agree with you more on the winner of the passion prize. @ciadanmea's post showed us all what can be accomplished when your heart leads the way. She has the backing of the community and to get the students so involved with these hands-on lessons in gardening and self-sufficient skills is wonderful. Congratulations to all of the winners and all of those who participated, Love the enthusiasm of all in this community!

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With extremely delighted humbled heart, I thank you so much @thebigsweed for the appreciation and confirmation... I am truly moved🥰 Sending my big thank you hug😊

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and a big hug back at you for being the teacher you are!

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