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Five Things Friday

Odd carrot

The five little things that made my week…

1. Harvested a very tenacious carrot this week. As you can tell by the leaves, it started growing outward along the surface for a while, then found its way deep into the soil, going deeper, deeper… the carrot ended up being over a foot long and I still haven’t found the end piece that broke off. We had to get out the shovel for this one!

It's raining avocados

2. It’s raining avocados in my yard.

The last few fava beans

3. The last few fava beans are still hanging in there.

Steaming Romanesco broccoli

4. Steaming heads of Romanesco broccoli.

Watermelon

5. Today alone, I’ve managed to eat half a watermelon already. Yes, it’s hot here.

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 โ€” all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more ยป

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    Vera Greutink
    May 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    What a luxury to have avocados growing in your backyard! Unimaginable to a cool-climate gardener ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      May 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Well, there are definitely cool-climate crops that I envy as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kristen
    May 6, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Beautiful broccoli! Do you get more than 1 head per plant? I live in Huntington Beach (same zone as you) and it’s my first year gardening. I planted a broccoli from seed and only got 1 head per plant– and they took forever! Started in October, just harvested the first head in April.

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      May 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      LOL yes, broccoli is a slow grower. Since the head is technically the flower bud of the plant, you only get one main head, and maybe a couple of smaller ones (though not always). Broccoli leaves are edible though, so it’s worth growing just for those!

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    Misti
    May 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Jealous of your avocados! I also grew fava beans this year after seeing them on your blog last year. Not sure I’ll grow them again due to the amount I’d need to have a big harvest, but they were quite tasty.

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      May 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      You can actually eat favas without shelling the beans — they’re delicious grilled, pod and all. And the fava leaves are edible as well. I grew a couple of plants this past winter just for their leaves so I could keep cutting them back.

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    Lisa M.
    May 3, 2014 at 7:05 am

    What do you do with all those avocados? Cool pics this Friday :0)

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      May 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      I eat them all! (Well, and give a few away to friends that pop by for a visit.) Thanks!

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    Zazi
    May 3, 2014 at 3:13 am

    The size of that carrot, its massive. Ur garden sure has a way with vegetables wish mine can come close to yours *I am new in this gardening and enjoy it so much thus have growing nicely tomatoes*

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      May 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Those kinds of carrots just come with luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

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