gardening

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      23 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

One of the things I’m often asked on the blog, when readers see me take off on a road trip for days or weeks at a time, is this: Who takes care of your garden when you’re away? Or especially in the summer: How can you even leave your garden with all those tomatoes growing?! […]

November 20 2014      19 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Viajes

It looks like flat-leaf parsley, has a clean “green” flavor like parsley, belongs to the same family (Apiaceae) as parsley and is sometimes called wild Japanese parsley, but mitsuba (Cryptotaenia japonica) is a distinct herb that’s often used in Japanese and Chinese cooking. Mitsuba means “three leaves” in Japanese and refers to the way the […]

November 4 2014      15 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín

After announcing preorders of my book last week (shameless plug if you haven’t yet preordered!), I had a few readers ask what a CSA was and why I’d written a book about it. According to the USDA: CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland […]

October 20 2014      25 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Libros

One of my favorite things about growing heirloom varieties is learning the history behind the seed and how it arrived in my hands. In the case of these fish peppers, they come from a long history in African-American culinary culture that predates the 1870s. Fish peppers are distinctive plants due to their vividly striped fruits […]

October 6 2014      29 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Verduras