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Five Things Friday

Joshua tree

The five little things that made my week…

1. Starting the week with a little desert escape… the perfect backdrop for focusing on some long-overdue writing and reading.


2. Coming home to beautiful pomegranates on my tree.

Cluster of mandarins

3. Mandarins! This will be the first winter we have mandarins on our tree.

Newly seeded bed

4. Seeding a new bed for fall with Chinese kale, dinosaur kale, collards, komatsuna, and rapini… or the “bitter bed,” as I call it.

Tomato hanging in for winter

5. Tightening the lines on my Florida weave trellis and discovering a little green tomato hanging on… along with several new blossoms! Let’s see how my tomato plants fare over winter.

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »


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    friv 2 friv 3 friv 4
    December 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Thanks for reading! I’ve heard it’s quite easy to winter-sow leafy greens up north…

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    Friv Jogos
    November 4, 2013 at 2:00 am

    The still images but also gives us plenty of natural emotions

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    November 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

    So jealous that you can garden through the winter. Here in NJ (The Garden State of course!) we’re just about done. I’m planning on a large cold frame next year but that doesn’t really create much of a substitute. My hope would be to produce enough salad greens for the winter. At least my Meyer Lemons continue to produce inside!

    Thanks for a great blog…


    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      November 4, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks for reading! I’ve heard it’s quite easy to winter-sow leafy greens up north, so maybe you could also give that a try.


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