Hello, fellow Hobbits, how are you? There’s nothing like spending a bit of time around plants to revitalize you. Whether you go on a daily walk along a forest trail or tend to your verdant garden at home, you Pandas know for a fact what kind of positive impact spending time surrounded by nature really has on us all.
That’s where the r/gardening subreddit comes in. A wholesome online community of over 4.8 million members, it is a celebration of everything to do with gardens, green thumbs, and caring for plants. Aside from all the gorgeous pics that you’re about to see, you can also bask in the fact that gardening is something that we can all learn how to do well. All it takes is patience, a willingness to embrace your mistakes, and a supportive environment full of folks who can’t wait to lend you a helping hand.
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Scroll down for some gardening goodness, upvote your fave pics, and tell us all about your relationship with the hobby in the comments, Pandas. What do you grow? How big is your garden? What’s your favorite plant and why? And when you’re done with this list, consider taking a stroll through Bored Panda’s earlier feature about the subreddit right over here.
#1 Two Years I Quit Drinking And Got Addicted To Something A Little Healthier. Transformed My Yard All Alone, Did The Same To Myself In The Process
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#2 I Planted Bleeding Hearts Last Year Because My Wife Liked Them. She Passed Away In January. I Wasn’t Sure They Survived But My Son Took This Picture This Morning
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#3 The Lighting Must Have Been Just Right, I Managed To Snap This Photo Of My Roses And My Dog This Morning And Thought You All Might Like It
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Since the last time that Bored Panda wrote about the r/gardening subreddit, the community has grown by over 800k people. We’re incredibly glad to see that. We believe the sub is an incredibly wholesome niche on the internet because it helps people relax, gives them a space to be proud of their achievements, and offers a venue for all of that hard-earned gardening wisdom.
Meanwhile, the rest of the internet (us included) can borrow a bit of inspiration for our own plant projects. We might feel bad that we’ve been unable to take care of Succulent Number 39, but after going on r/gardening, we know not to give up.
#4 Blue Smoke Cactus
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#5 My Little Cactus Patch Has Turned Out Alright
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#6 My Most Prolific Bloomer This Year! This Orchid Has Over 96 Large Flowers And Buds And Is Still Producing More
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In the lull between Bored Panda’s last feature about r/gardening, yours truly has improved a tiny bit. I’ve leveled up my green thumb and, this time around, the Hobbits might even let me back into the Shire!
My Ficus is doing way better than before, and the Zamioculcas I’m taking care of for my friend is flourishing. I’m no master gardener yet (far from it!), but I definitely feel more confident about what I’m doing. One of the first things I do after waking up is to check on my plants. Hopefully, one day, I’ll have my very own garden where I can grow everything that doesn’t mind being under- and over-watered.
#7 Ladies And Gentlemen, After 2 Years And 3 Failed Attempts… I Have Finally Grown Broccoli
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#8 I’m Disabled And Live In A 12th-Floor Apartment But I Made A Garden Happen And I Love It So Much!
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#9 Something To Keep In Mind While Doing Spring Yard Work! Wrapping Tape Sticky Side Out Around The Ankles Seems To Work Pretty Good For Catching Ticks
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One of the moderators helping run the r/gardening subreddit told Bored Panda during an earlier interview that there’s no such thing as a green thumb or a black thumb. “Anybody can grow plants. Just a little bit of attention paid will yield results,” they told us.
“I started modding on /r/gardening after I asked the [head] moderator about a post not appearing or something, and he offered me a moderator position,” the mod, who wanted to stay anonymous, shared with Bored Panda earlier. Back then, over a decade ago, the sub had roughly 50k members.
#10 My Garden This Evening Finally Feels Like A Little Oasis
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#11 I Added A Moon Gate To My Backyard Japanese Garden, I’m Really Happy With How It Turned Out
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#12 Why Is That?
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The mod explained that the popularity of the online community all comes down to how wholesome the members are. The huge following, according to them, is due to the “good nature of the gardening community that makes people sub and stick around.”
“We have, by choice, never been a front-page (default) subreddit, so subs here are not accidental. As mods, we’ve always had a tough but fair policy on user conduct—like all gardeners have to keep the weeds at bay from time to time.”
#13 Made A Seed Book From A Cd Case
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#14 Last Year, I Planted My First Roses Ever. This Is The Biggest Reward I Could Get!
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#15 Always Check Your Pots Before Planting!
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A while back, Bored Panda had a good long chat about taking care of plants with Kamilė Trakytė, the co-owner of the ‘Kambarinės gėlės’ plant shop. The plant collector and business owner explained to us that the main issue that her customers face is related to overwatering. The vast majority of the time, the problem is just that—people watering their plants way too often.
“People show their love for plants with too much attention and with too much water. Without knowing the subtleties related to the care of particular plants, it’s difficult to know how little water some of them require. People show their love with water, so ironically, they kill their plants with their love,” the plant expert shared with Bored Panda.
#16 Time To Get Juicing
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#17 Wanted To Share My Azalea
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#18 Before And After (3 Yrs, London, UK)
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“Root rot sets in and it’s hard to save plants that it affects,” she urged people living in colder climates not to give their plants too much water.
“I recommend getting to know each plant you grow. The recommendations to water a plant X times every Y weeks are usually ineffective because they don’t take into account the unique conditions in your home,” she said.
#19 A Plait Of Carrots That Grew In Our Garden
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#20 Life And Death At The Hardware Store
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#21 The Results Of My Hard Work This Year. All Grown, Loved, And Dried By Me
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“So don’t spoil houseplants with too much water from the get-go. Usually, a plant tells you what it needs: if the leaves curl up, it wants water; if the plant becomes droopy and there are brown spots on the leaves, you’re giving it too much water,” plant shop owner Kamilė told Bored Panda.
“Potted plants get all of their nutrients from the soil we plant them in. They grow in a very constricted space, unlike in nature, where complex nutritional trades occur between different organisms. Every time you water a house plant, some of the nutrients get ‘rinsed out,’ and used up,” she urged people to not forget to fertilize their plants.
#22 My First Ginger Harvest
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#23 Saw This On A Local Gardening Page! You Can Receive Free, Native Milkweed Seeds To Aid In Monarch Conservation!
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#24 Greenhouse Is Done! Now Its Time To Grow Grow Grow! 40 Antique Windows!
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According to the plant expert, all-purpose fertilizers contain the three primary elements that house plants need. These are Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium.
“Each of these nutrients has a different function. You can pick different fertilizers that contain varying proportions of these minerals to obtain different results. For instance, fertilizers with more Nitrogen will make plants bear more leaves. While more Phosphorus means more blossoms. But these considerations are secondary: all-purpose diluted synthetic or organic fertilizers do the job they need to do,” she said.
#25 Mum Has Gone A Little Tomato Crazy This Year!
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#26 My Roses Four Years vs. Today
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#27 My Husband Sent Me To Lowe’s For Plumber’s Tape. Alone
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“If you’re having difficulties taking care of your plants, watching them wither can be a source of stress. Fortunately, in most cases, plants bring us joy. Especially in modern times when we find ourselves further from nature,” Kamilė shared her thoughts about how growing plants affect us. Taking care of plants at home can calm us, reduce our stress levels, and it almost works like a type of mediation that takes our minds off our problems.
#28 Bricks Painted Like Books As Garden Decor
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#29 I Thought I Would Share My Watering Can. It Was My Gram’s
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#30 Feeling Like A Rich Girl Because The Peony Patch I Started 4 Years Ago Is Now Paying For Itself
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“Studies show that it takes around 100 plants in a 10 square meter area to significantly freshen the air there. It’s much easier to improve the air quality in your home by opening up the window. A plant might not freshen your air much, but it will almost definitely bring you joy and calm. And it’ll help you become more disciplined as you take care of it and learn more about it.”
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#32 Another Year, Another Full Bloom
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#33 My First Ever Giant Sunflower Is Starting To Open Up
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#34 The Biggest Potato I’ve Grown This Year
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#35 From My Minnesota Garden — Ranunculus, Peonies, Iceland Poppies, Lilacs, Anemones, Aquilegia, Orlaya, Spirea
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#36 Whenever My Wife Gets The Mail, She Comes Back Grinning
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#37 My Niece Loves Rainbows And I Love Gardening (And Rainbows)
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#38 Picked These Up Today From A Local Fb Garden Group. They’re Called Poached Eggs? So Cute
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#39 My 3 Year Old Climbing Roses
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#40 Enjoying My Husband’s Hard Work Today
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#41 Texas Heatwave Harvest – Tomatoes And Jalapeños
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#42 How Old Are These Aloe Plants? Person In Photo Is About 5’7″
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#43 One Of Our Little Organic Farmers! Giving A Damn And Doing What Is Right Are Rewards In Themselves. – Eliot Coleman
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#44 A Glimpse Of My Garden
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#45 Our Garden. No Plant Purchases This Year, My Wife Germinated Everything From Seed
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#46 My Hydrangea Bush’s Color Continuum
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#47 Absolute Perfection
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#48 I Have Never Been So Happy To See Seeds In My Entire Life. Home Depot For The Win!
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#49 Homegrown Carrot
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#50 Moss Garden I Put Together Using Moss Collected From Parking Lots
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#51 Everything Is Suddenly Blooming!
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#52 If You Build It, They Will Come
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#53 Another Excuse Not To Cut The Lawn Today
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#54 Made A Tart From A Key Lime Tree I Grew From Seed 9 Years Ago
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#55 2015 vs. 2022
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#56 Never Done This Before.. Wondering If Anyone Will Take Some!
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#57 My Mother’s Garden/Pond/Chicken Coop
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#58 Before And After Of Our Medicinal Herb Garden
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#59 How To Garden
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#60 After 3 Years, My Blood Orange Tree Had Its First Harvest! About 30 Oranges!
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#61 I No Longer Have Sunflowers…
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#62 Just Did A Delivery To A Customers House, Had To Take A Picture Of Their Wisteria… Wow
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#63 About 18 Months Between These Two Pictures!
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#64 Left A Patch For The Bees
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#65 My Hydrangeas Can’t Decide What Colour They Should Wear This Year
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#66 Finally Cleared Enough Ivy To Get Into One Of The Old Overgrown Greenhouses On My Land. Jackpot!
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#67 I Built A Greenhouse Out Of Reclaimed Materials, How Did I Do?
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#68 My 7-Year Old Helped Us In The Garden Today. She Snuck This Note And Bouquet Onto My Nightstand
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#69 My Grandma In Front Of Her Forsythia. She Is Very Proud Of Her Plants
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#70 Has To Be The Most Oranges I’ve Ever Had On One Branch
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#71 Before And After! 2 Year Update On My Super Tiny Walled Garden. It’s My Favorite ‘Room’ In The Apartment. I Feel So Lucky
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#72 Happy Hosta
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#73 Glass Gem Corn That My Mum And I Grew In South East England
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#74 My Mother-In-Laws Lemon Tree Made A Interesting Hybrid
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#75 I’m Usually Just A Lurker Here But This Baby Just Bloomed Last Night And Had To Share
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#76 My Uncle Grows Organic Red Rice Just For His Family
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#77 First Berry Harvest!
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#78 I Don’t Mean To Brag, But Bees Love Me
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#79 My Peace Of Heaven
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#80 Hi Guys, My Garden Comes From Vietnam. Nice To Meet You
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#81 These Are Apparently “Weeds” But They Make My Backyard Look Magical
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#82 All From My Grandma’s Trees
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#83 My Wife Thinks I’m Crazy. This Past Year We Harvested At Least 400 Lbs Of Potatoes And 100 Lbs Of Jalapeños
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#84 Lupinus From Our Garden
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#85 First Blueberry Harvest Of The Year!
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#86 After 22 Years Of Apartment Living, This Is Now My House
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