Garden of Eatin'

Signs of Spring

Apple blossoms

I know it’s not spring yet, but in my neck of the woods (which I affectionately call “the land of 72 and sunny”) it already feels like spring, and it even looks like spring too. I guess that prognosticatin’ groundhog was right after all — spring is near, and this is what I’m seeing around here…

The first apple blossoms on my apple tree are starting to bud.

My avocado tree is bursting with more avocados than I can eat! (Especially when my hubby hates avocados… I know, what kind of Californian is he?!)


The next generation of seeds has been started. (I can taste all those summer tomatoes already!)

New seeds

The worm compost that I’ve been working on all winter is finally ready for the garden.

Worm compost

All of my chickens have finished their molts and are laying eggs again! (My favorite mornings are when I open the coop to find three fresh eggs waiting for me!)

Fresh eggs

The days are getting longer… and I can never get enough of seeing a sunset like this every day.


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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 »


  • julie
    February 21, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I cannot deal with my avocado envy. I’m giving the northeast only a few more years and then I am moving your direction !

  • Devona Mcgill
    February 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Oh how I wish I lived closer. I would be more than happy to help with the avocados.


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