Call for cookbook ambassadors!

Are you a blogger? And are you curious in what The CSA Cookbook has to offer?

With my book arriving any day now, I’m putting out a call for cookbook ambassadors! That is, bloggers who are interested in reviewing The CSA Cookbook on their blogs in exchange for a free signed copy. You can post an honest review, share a recipe from the book, or run a reader giveaway — it’s your choice!

I have a limited number of free copies to send to bloggers, so I’m looking for a few good people with passionate voices and a love of vegetables. If this sounds like you, tell me about your blog!


February 23 2015      18 comments     Linda Ly
Libros   Noticias

Hey Atlanta! I'll be speaking at the Garden Bloggers Conference

If you’re in Atlanta (or planning to travel to Atlanta) for the Garden Bloggers Conference, I’m happy to announce I’ll be speaking at this event!

Join us February 25 to February 27, 2015, as an inspiring lineup of speakers present on a variety of “blogging as a business” topics, from branding and monetizing your blog to website security and social media strategies. Nate Berkus, Oprah’s go-to design guru, will be keynoting the conference. (It’s my first gig and I’m on the same speaker roster as Nate? Holy moly!)


February 12 2015      14 comments     Linda Ly

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.


February 9 2015      22 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…)


February 6 2015      14 comments     Linda Ly

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, like the one offered by DripWorks, 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.


February 4 2015      12 comments     Linda Ly

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!


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.


January 28 2015      24 comments     Linda Ly