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Five Things Friday

First apple blossoms of spring

The five little things that made my week…

1. Spring starts much earlier in Southern California than most parts of the country, but a sure sign of the change of seasons for me is when the apple blossoms on our tree begin to appear!

Jasmine buds

2. Any day now… the thousands of pink jasmine buds outside our bedroom window will bloom and burst with the most heavenly fragrance.

Blauwschokker peas

3. When it comes to vegetables, I’m a fan of anything purple. (You may remember the purple peppers, beans, artichokes, carrots, and cabbage that I’ve grown in my garden.) This season, I’m all about the purple Blauwschokker peas from my GrowJourney Seeds of the Month package. (It’s one of the reasons I’m really enjoying my membership… I never know what will turn up in my mailbox.) They’re meant to be soup peas, but I’m planning to harvest them young to use like snow peas.

Tomato seedlings repotted

4. First round of tomato seedlings repotted… check. Just a few more weeks and I think they’ll be ready to go in the garden! (Learn how and why you should repot your tomato seedlings… sometimes twice.)

First eggs of the year

5. After a long winter hiatus… homegrown eggs are back, baby! (I don’t use artificial lighting in my chicken coop to extend egg laying, and I explain why in this post.)

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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    February 24, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    With the crazy weather year – did your chickens do a full molt or did it affect them in some way?

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      Linda from Garden Betty
      February 25, 2017 at 1:07 am

      They do a full molt once a year, typically starting in August. (All healthy chickens molt in some way, whether all at once or in increments that may not be noticeable.) But the weather had no affect on them otherwise… they’ve actually been loving all the rain because it means more weeds to eat and more worms to find!


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