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Five Things Friday

Pineapple plant

The five little things that made my week…

1. After nearly three years, the pineapple top I planted has finally sprouted a new pineapple!

First tulip of the season

2. The tulips have started to bloom. That first flower is always a lovely surprise, as I’ve usually forgotten where I’d planted the bulbs.

My hen hiding in her new nest

3. Frantically looked all over the yard for my hen, Iman, only to find her hiding in her new nest — in the leaf mold compost!

Pugs at Ocean Beach

4. Ocean Beach outing in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge

5. A rare fogless day in the city. That bird was a lucky shot!

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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    Holly
    May 16, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Found you by your EXCELLENT step-by-step on vermicomposting, and I’m enjoying your blog very much. (Just got my worms in the mail. So excited.)

    Was wondering if you might consider writing an entry on leaf mold composting. I know it’s super, but I’m specifically trying to figure out the best kind of container for setting this up, and I’m not finding much in the way of info online….

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      May 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      You don’t need much by way of a container to contain your leaf mold. A big, freestanding pile of leaves will do the trick (as long as it’s in a protected area that’s not too windy), or you can build a simple plywood or chicken wire enclosure to hold the leaves. It can be as simple as screwing 4 pallets together to make an open box, or rolling out several yards of chicken wire and securing the ends with wire or zip-ties to make a cylindrical container.

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  • Linda Ly
    Linda Ly
    April 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you!

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    Zazi
    April 22, 2014 at 3:24 am

    How i love this blog since seeing it last month, i am in South Africa

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      April 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Thank you for stopping by — all the way from South Africa! Wow!

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    Ally
    April 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Love the photo of the tulip. So beautiful!

    -Ally
    http://www.a-girl-and-her-fork.blogspot.com/

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    mistiaggie
    April 18, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Do you have to plant tulips every year or do they come back every year? They don’t do well multiple years in our climate of SE Texas

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      April 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      This is my first year with tulips, but with other bulbs I’ve planted like narcissus, they come back every year.

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