Life in a little off-grid surf community

I’m often asked what it’s like when you’re in The Real Mexico and living as the locals do, being entirely self-sufficient, exercising an immense amount of patience (what I call “Baja time,” which isn’t all that different from “island time”), and as a result, becoming surprisingly flexible, resourceful, and creative.

When the nearest major town is an hour away (and the first eight miles to the highway are all off road), you really learn to make do with what you have and appreciate the things you always take for granted.

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February 9 2015      23 comments     Linda Ly
Viajes   Vida

The five little things that made my week…

First eggs of the year

1. Five eggs in one week! Giiiiiirl, Kimora is BACK! As is the egg holder that we had stashed away all winter. (Now if only her sister would get the memo…)

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February 6 2015      14 comments     Linda Ly
Diversión

Drip irrigation: assembling and installing your system

In my last post, I went over why you should install a drip system, what a drip system even was, and what makes it a more versatile system than soaker hoses.

Now you’ll learn how to install one and if you’re still not convinced by the end of this post to switch from your current setup, maybe a special promo code for my preferred vendor, DripWorks, will sway your mind!

For most people who have never installed a drip system, choosing an all-inclusive garden bed irrigation kit is an ideal way to go. All you need are a few raised beds and a faucet nearby, and you’ll have everything you need to equip your garden before spring arrives.

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February 4 2015      21 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín

Special advance book signing in Seattle! Meet me at NWFGS!

Seattle folks! I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be making a special appearance at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show the weekend of February 14 and 15, 2015, at the Quarto Publishing Group booth #2360.

What makes this appearance so special? Other than it being my first public appearance as Garden Betty and my first event in Seattle, it’s also an ADVANCE BOOK SIGNING! Hurraahhh!

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January 30 2015      14 comments     Linda Ly
Diversión   Libros

Drip irrigation: watering your garden while saving your resources

In summer, keeping a vegetable garden well watered means keeping an open tap like you haven’t seen since your last kegger in college. But if you live in California, the little rainfall we see in winter can make it seem like summer year-round. And that makes our finite resource ever more precious in spite of the few rainstorms that did pass through in December.

Since 2011, California has become increasingly thirsty, with 80 percent of the state suffering extreme to exceptional drought. A recent scientific study found that the last 3 years of drought in California were the most severe conditions ever experienced in the last 1,200 years. And it’s looking like another dry year ahead.

For those of us in urban areas, it’s sometimes hard to wrap our heads around the fact that our water supply is dwindling. After all, we simply turn on the tap and water magically falls, as much as we’d like. But I think a lot of gardeners (especially edible gardeners) feel the struggle, financially and emotionally, every time a new seed is sowed or another bounty is brought in.

In a conservation-conscious area, this could mean a bit of creative planning, cutting back on raised beds or finding ways to reuse gray water. But irrigate your garden right, and your crops can continue to drink up without exceeding your city’s water restrictions. In fact, you’ll be able to tend your vegetable garden while saving water at the same time.

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January 28 2015      44 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín

Win an advance copy of The CSA Cookbook! (Three winners in all!)

My first book, The CSA Cookbook, is slated to release on February 16. (I shared a sneak peek of it recently!)

Can you believe it’s been one year in the making? Nope, neither can I, even though I feel like I’ve been saying It’s coming! It’s coming! for soooo long now. It’s exciting stuff, and I’ve been bowled over by all the kind comments and emails of encouragement from readers near and far.

Now, it’s really coming. And as a show of thanks for your immense support and incredible patience, I have three copies of my book to give away to three lucky winners this week!

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January 26 2015      163 comments     Linda Ly
Libros

The five little things that made my week…

About the Author page

1. My mug on an “About the Author” page. This makes me smile because my parents never understood what a blog was, why anyone would read a blog, and what it means when I say I’m a blogger. (Plus, they just think it’s a funny word to begin with.) But I think they’ll take author!

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January 23 2015      17 comments     Linda Ly
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