gardening

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. 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 […]

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… 1. Heirloom tomato seedlings doing their morning stretch in front of the window. I’ve started eight varieties this season […]

March 6 2015      17 comments     Linda Ly
Diversión   Jardín   Verduras

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 […]

February 4 2015      12 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín

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 […]

January 28 2015      24 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín

When other gardeners ask how I amend my soil, the answer is almost always with compost tea. It’s a safe and natural fertilizer that revives and replenishes the soil food web, a highly complex ecosystem comprising a community of good and bad bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, earthworms, and arthropods. To put it simply, the soil […]

January 21 2015      29 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Mierda

Pink peppercorns are often thought of as a gourmet spice, packaged in small, expensive jars and called for in fancy cookbooks. But in California, bucketfuls of the vibrant berries litter the ground all fall and winter, sometimes considered a nuisance by the gardener who has to rake them all up. It almost seems a food […]

December 2 2014      15 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín

I am a fan of the year-round herb garden. While plants like parsley and cilantro may come and go with the seasons, I can always count on a small plot of perennials to thrive when nearly everything else is starting from seed or starting to seed. Just outside my kitchen door I tend to the […]

November 25 2014      15 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín