In American culture, the number 13 is considered unlucky. But in Chinese culture, 13 is a very lucky number. When the numbers are spoken in Mandarin or Cantonese, they sound like the words for “growth” and “living” and signify a lifetime of prosperity. With all the awesome things that happened this year — the lucky 2013 — […]
Exciting news! If you’re a subscriber at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, you may have received your pre-ordered copy of The Whole Seed Catalog a few weeks ago… but if not, you can find this special edition on your local newsstands now!
On this day three years ago, I wrote my first post on the blog. I had no idea what I was doing at the time, despite starting a “gardening blog.” Don’t be fooled — those luscious tomatoes and hefty squashes in that picture were already there when I took over the garden (planted by the […]
There’s a new place where you can find me each week, and that’s over on KCET’s new Living section! The nation’s largest independent public television station recently launched their online Living division, which features all the things that make life good: food, travel, green living, and home and garden. My focus is on Home & […]
I’d first heard about the California Right to Know Act last winter, when a fresh packet of seeds arrived from Baker Creek, bearing information about the statewide campaign to require GMO labeling on food products. A couple months later, a woman petitioned me in front of my local supermarket, hoping to collect the 555,236 signatures […]
If you follow my Facebook page, you may have noticed a few recent posts from my new project, This Is La Buena Vida, which launched this past weekend! The site aggregates all of the images from my new Instagram account @GardenBetty. As a photo-centric blog, This Is La Buena Vida is my personal pinboard for […]
Well whaddya know, I’m an expert at something! (Granted, I don’t always feel like an expert after slugs have decimated my seedlings or fresh manure has burned my plants. But I do know my way around a hori hori knife and never let a good beer go to waste.) I’m so thrilled to be featured […]