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      13 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

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!


January 26 2015      143 comments     Linda Ly

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!


January 23 2015      17 comments     Linda Ly

The CSA Cookbook is coming soon! A peek inside its pages

The CSA Cookbook title page

Yesterday, the very first copy of my book arrived in the mail. Tears of joy, everywhere. (Better than pee everywhere, which is what I nearly did in my pants!)

It is just so surreal to finally see a project I’ve worked on for an entire year take tangible form. After feeling reluctant to open the package, then overwhelmed with the first sight of the cover, then nervous as I thumbed through each page, hoping there wasn’t a spelling mistake we missed, I grew more and more excited as I made my way through all 224 pages of The CSA Cookbook.

I can’t even put into words how proud I am of the finished product and how grateful I am for the incredible team involved in its creation, from my editor and designer to my photographer husband and recipe testers.

There’s often an unsettling fear of inadequacy with a project of this scope (Will the food turn out well? Will my readers enjoy it? Will the critics hate it?), but I can confidently say that I believe (I hope!) you will love this book as much as I do. At the very least, I think you’ll find it an interesting and useful reference to keep in your kitchen when you’re looking at a pile of produce and wondering how you’ll ever go through it all.

If you’ve been on the fence about preordering the book, I hope this post will nudge you toward getting a copy of your own. While The CSA Cookbook can be called a farm-to-table book, it’s not just any farm-to-table book. It takes a nose-to-tail approach to cooking with vegetables so you have as little waste as possible in the kitchen. If you grow your own at home, it’ll help you look at vegetables in a whole new way, with recipes for using the edible but unconventional parts of your plants like pepper leaves, bean leaves, squash shoots, radish pods, and watermelon rind.


January 23 2015      27 comments     Linda Ly