gardening

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      27 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Verduras

I recently dug and divided the salad burnet in my herb garden and a thought occurred to me — why didn’t more people use this ancient herb? With its clean, crisp cucumber flavor, salad burnet is surprising to those who try it for the first time, and appreciated the more it’s used in the kitchen. […]

September 28 2014      23 comments     Linda Ly
Hierbas   Jardín

For a while I was lucky with my raised bed garden, and had few problems with pests and diseases. But this summer, a vicious case of wilt (I’m guessing Fusarium wilt) weakened or stunted several of my plants (mostly peppers) and a hungry colony of flea beetles had taken up residence in my tomatillo crop. […]

September 6 2014      44 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín

Before I started gardening, I used to think winter squash referred to the squash that grew over winter. Only after harvesting my very first “winter” squash did I realize all the pumpkins, hubbards, butternuts, and turbans that arrived at the turn of cool weather actually took three or four months to get there!

August 20 2014      26 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Verduras

I grow a few different varieties of strawberries (as well as blueberries and other berries) but the stars of all my summer berries, hands down, are the Yellow Wonder alpine strawberries (Fragaria vesca). Alpine strawberries are just about the most perfect patio plant you could hope for. Green, lush, prolific, and full of melt-in-your-mouth berries […]

August 11 2014      8 comments     Linda Ly
Frutas   Jardín

1. One of my favorite things about summer. (There are four or five varieties of tomatoes in there!)

August 8 2014      7 comments     Linda Ly
Diversión   Frutas   Gallinas   Jardín   Verduras

The five little things that made my week… 1. A harvest of Mexican Sour Gherkin cucumbers. Sometimes I’ll trick friends into trying one by saying it’s a mini watermelon.

July 25 2014      22 comments     Linda Ly
Diversión   Frutas   Jardín