how-to

If you like to give your seeds a head start on the season by sprouting them on a sunny windowsill, you may be wondering right about now: why are they so spindly and stretching toward the sun? This isn’t a catwalk, ladies!

February 21 2017      Leave a comment     Linda Ly
Jardín

Working from home all day means I’ve become accustomed to the various sounds coming from my chickens in the backyard. There’s the egg song, which they trumpet upon a successful lay. There’s the cooing chatter as they happily scratch and peck at the dirt. There’s the homing squawk when one of them suddenly realizes she’s […]

November 12 2015      36 comments     Linda Ly
Gallinas

I’m often the first to admit that there’s not much you need if you want to start from seed — just a good growing medium, sunshine, and water. But sometimes there are forces working against us, and if there’s a way to boost our chances of seed starting success, I’m all for it.

November 5 2015      35 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Semillas

When we talk about saving the bees, we often think of honeybees, hives, and how we can attract these pollinators to our gardens. We read about neonicotinoids and their devastating effects on honeybees, we petition garden centers to stop selling insecticide-laced “bee-friendly” plants, we see Facebook memes with pictures of half-empty store shelves and captions […]

April 16 2015      111 comments     Linda Ly
Entomología

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      6 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín   Semillas   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      23 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      44 comments     Linda Ly
Jardín