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Beertayday in Minnesota

Gardening helps get through difficult times

vegetable harvest including tomatoes and potatoes

We’re off to Minnesota to visit a garden that, on Instagram, has the username “Beertayda,” which means “my garden” in Somali. Today’s contributor, like so many of us, says that her garden has helped her cope with the long COVID-19 restrictions and working from home.

gardener with trays of seedlingsIn the short growing season in Minnesota, starting seedlings indoors under lights is key to getting a jump-start on a good harvest of vegetables.

carrots and greens freshly harvestedAnd good harvests she gets, indeed, as shown by these carrots and greens fresh from the garden to share with family and friends.

vegetable harvest including tomatoes and potatoesEven more vegetables—an absolute abundance of beauty and nutrition!

backyard veggie garden with raised bedsHere’s a view of the whole garden area from last year, with new raised beds under construction. It isn’t a huge area, but the amount of delicious vegetables she’s able to produce is pretty impressive.

bright pink rosesAnd it isn’t just vegetables. This is the David Austin rose ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’. It smells so wonderful that she planted it next to the bench where he mother loves to sit and read.

raised bed full of lettuceSometimes beauty and food exist in the same space. This bright planting of lettuce looks so great it would be hard to harvest and eat it!

tiny lemons developing on an indoor plantIndoors, a potted lemon tree begins to develop fruit.

gardener with a pile of seed packetsI think most of us gardeners can relate to this image and the sheer happiness of having lots of seeds!

a light snow covering on the gardenThe first snowfall in fall signals the end of the gardening season and the time to rest and look forward to the next year’s plantings.

beans arranged on a plateHow beautiful is this harvest of homegrown beans?

If you want to see more of this garden, check out her Instagram and her YouTube channel!


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  1. PattyLouise 03/03/2022

    Wow those are some healthy looking vegetables! Love your garden! Great job!

  2. rosebudal 03/03/2022

    Does this industrious woman have a name?

  3. garden1953 03/03/2022

    Wonderful gardens! Spring is on the way. Soon we’ll all be out getting our hands dirty.

  4. wittyone 03/03/2022

    What a great layout you have constructed. Be sure to send pictures when everything is has zoomed out of all those raised beds.

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    vanhatalosuomi 03/03/2022

    Wonderful veg garden! Here's to your continued success!

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      cynthia2020 03/03/2022

      ...loved the gardening story in the photographs.

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    treasuresmom 03/03/2022

    Love all you have done

  7. sagebird52 03/03/2022

    Great job, difficult climate but very productive due to hard work and the obvious caring attention it gets.

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    simplesue 03/03/2022

    Those are some pretty vegetables! The lettuce is too pretty to eat LOL! You sure have a green thumb!

  9. gardendevas 03/03/2022

    What a joyous garden!

  10. btucker9675 03/03/2022

    Her smile and her garden are both wonderful! I just started a bunch of seeds in little plantable pots yesterday evening and hope that my eventual crops will be as beautiful as hers!

  11. Maggieat11 03/03/2022

    I enjoyed your post very much ! Very impressive harvests✨😁. Loved the bean "heart" also. Sweet.

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    bdowen 03/03/2022

    Beautiful vegetables and great use of your back yard space. Looking forward to seeing more photos as the season progresses. Thank you for sharing!

  13. [email protected] 03/03/2022

    Great photos! Made me smile, especially the one of the gardener delighting in her seed packets, and the daffodils sneaking into the corner of the photo of all the raised beds! Thanks!

  14. user-5117752 03/05/2022

    I'm not sure which is more beautiful, your harvest or your joyful face!!! I bet the eating is the most delicious!!!
    Thank you for taking time to share with us!

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