The five little things that made my week…

The CSA Cookbook is published!

1. It’s here. It’s finally here. After many a delay from port disputes, The CSA Cookbook officially makes its debut on the marketplace today! If you’ve received your copy or made a recipe, please share your creation by tagging #thecsacookbook on Twitter or Instagram!

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March 20 2015      14 comments     Linda Ly
Diversión   Libros

How long do seeds really last? (Plus, a cheat sheet on seed storage life)

The beginning of spring usually sees me sprawled in the middle of the living room floor, with all my ammo boxes, laying out rows and rows of seed packets sorted by vegetable, and then by variety. Some are even color-coded… and I suddenly realize I have a rather strange obsession with collecting 12 different types of purple tomatoes (and counting).

Inevitably, a handful of seed packets get tossed in the compost pile as I double-check the dates… peppers from 2012, onions from four years ago. Yikes.

Some seeds I’ve only sown once or twice but still have half a packet left, some I’ve saved… and saved… and saved… because they’re so easy to save by the bagful every year (I’m looking at you, beans). Still others are rotated every few seasons as I try new varieties, and by the time I make it back to those Parisienne carrots, it’s already been a couple years. Are they still good? Should I get new ones? How long do seeds really last, anyway?

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March 17 2015      19 comments     Linda Ly
Semillas

Chicken-keeping tips and tricks: collard wraps

This might fall into the obvious Duhhh, you don’t say camp, but sometimes the simplest things are the smartest. And we all like pictures of cute little chickens, so hear me out for a second.

Oftentimes when I feed my flock their fermented grains, I scoop them into a separate dish before I serve them. I do this because the dish is already in the kitchen, and I just want to make a single trip to the coop to release and feed the girls.

But lately, with my garden exploding in greens, I’ve been taking the tiny extra step of harvesting a leaf from my collard crop and filling it with fermented feed. In essence I’m making those same collard wraps that are so popular on paleo blogs and in health food restaurants… and chickens can’t get enough of them either.

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March 13 2015      8 comments     Linda Ly
Gallinas

Emerging seedling

It’s a sight that every seed starter dreads: a seemingly healthy seedling, perhaps even the first to sprout, suddenly slumped over the next week with a wizened stem.

Withered stem caused by damping off

You may have even blamed lousy seed germination for a meager crop of seedlings when in fact, microscopic plant pathogens were at work below the surface. Collectively, these pathogens cause a condition called damping off.

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March 10 2015      5 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Semillas   Verduras

It’s almost spring and for an edible gardener, that usually comes down to three things: starting, transplanting, and then loving on those luscious summer tomatoes! Are you ready?!

The five little things that made my week…

Heirloom tomato seedlings in a window

1. Heirloom tomato seedlings doing their morning stretch in front of the window. I’ve started eight varieties this season in a rainbow of colors from yellow to blue! (Which variety are you most excited about?)

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March 6 2015      17 comments     Linda Ly
Diversión   Jardín   Verduras

Cabin in the woods

It was quiet on the blog front last week, and for good reason — I found myself in the middle of the woods in Washington, near the base of Mount Rainier, with no wifi or data service in the little cabin my friends and I had rented for the week.

Though I hadn’t planned on being disconnected, one week of a little less technology was much welcomed. And I wasn’t fully off the grid, anyhow; I was still able to post photos from the one place I did have 4G which, ironically, was on top of a 6,800-foot mountain.

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February 24 2015      6 comments     Linda Ly
Aventuras   Libros   Viajes

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!

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February 23 2015      18 comments     Linda Ly
Libros   Noticias