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Five Things Friday

New tomato transplant

The five little things that made my week…

1. Healthy new tomato transplant in August… for tomatoes in November, and hopefully longer!

Freshly seeded bed

2. A freshly amended and seeded garden bed. This one will be home to spinach, lettuce, chard, and mustard greens.

Potting station

3. Potting station in the backyard with Filius Blue pepper plants going into bigger pots.


4. Lemon Queen sunflowers feed the bees all summer and then the chickens in fall.

Behind the scenes at my photo shoot

5. Photo shoot for Baker Creek’s forthcoming magazine on newsstands this fall… stay tuned!

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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    August 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Tomatoes in November sound heavenly. I’m going to attempt to bring some potted ones inside, but I’m not terribly hopeful they’ll keep producing in my drafty house.

    I have a few lemon queen sunflowers growing now, and they’re very pleasant, but I’ve got some red Velvet Queen seeds I’m eager to try out next year.

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      August 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      I just got some Titan sunflower seeds that I’m excited to grow next. In ideal conditions, the flower heads can get up to 2 feet in diameter!

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    Misti @oceanicwilderness.com
    August 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Exciting to be on BC’s magazine! I’ll keep an eye out for it in the mail!

    I’ve grown lemon queen’s before they are fun!


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