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Five Things Friday

Shiso babies

The five little things that made my week…

1. Shiso babies sprouting up after the last few storms. This mint-like Asian herb (also called perilla or tía tô) volunteers like a weed in my garden, but I keep it around for its beauty and fragrance. (Not to mention it’s a fantastic herb.)

Bolting brassica

2. I have brassicas bolting all over the garden right now, telling me it’s time to take out the winter crops and get my beds ready for spring. (By the way, did you know you can eat these delicious flowers?)

Golden snow peas

3. A winter crop that is still hanging on: golden snow peas, which are edible from leaf to pod. I snack on them when I’m working in the garden, and love them raw in a salad.

Purple-tinged carrot leaves

4. I forgot to label them, of course, but I think these purple-tinged leaves are from the black Pusa Asita heirloom carrots I seeded a couple months ago… can’t wait to pull them up and check them out!

Overwintered pepper plant

5. Thought this pepper plant had died over winter, as we had some fairly frigid temperatures, but here it is, sprouting new leaves!

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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    Sarah Ku
    March 13, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I love perilla leaves! I just picked up the seeds the other week from the Korean market, we use them a lot in Korean cooking.

    • Linda Ly of Garden Betty
      Linda Ly of Garden Betty
      April 26, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      They’re so easy to grow! Be careful, a handful of seeds goes a long way in the garden. 🙂

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    March 12, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I feel like that pepper plant–so happy to have survived a Missouri winter that my leaves are sprouting! I just love Five Things Friday, although this one is making me hungry. Think I’ll make a soup with something green in it, along with more sunchoke roots–before they start sprouting again, too (Jerusalem artichokes, plant once, dig many, many times).


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