So nice to meet you! First, the professional media bio (ooh, fancy)…
Linda Ly is the founder and creative force behind the award-winning blog Garden Betty.
As a leading resource in the home and garden sphere, Garden Betty reaches millions of readers every year with original digital content on modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring.
The blog celebrates the art of living slow and eating well, with stories, tutorials, and recipes from Linda’s farmlette in Central Oregon.
Garden Betty has been honored as the “Best Gardening Blog” by Country Living and a “Top 10 Gardening Blog” by Better Homes and Gardens.
Linda Ly’s expertise in edible gardening and her penchant for crushing common food myths led to her first book, The CSA Cookbook (2015), which took a unique top-to-tail approach to using vegetables.
With the popularity of the zero-waste movement, Linda’s debut book has been revised and republished as The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook (2020). It makes people rethink what they consider edible and helps them use up the entire plant they grow or buy.
Linda, her blog, and her books have been featured in dozens of national publications, including TIME Magazine, HGTV, DIY Network, Travel Channel, Outside, Food & Wine, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian.
But you’re here to REALLY get to know me, right? So let me elaborate…
My name is not Betty. (‘Nother story, ‘nother time.) But I do love to garden. And camp. And paddle. And hike, bike, surf, ski, snowboard… pretty much anything that brings me outdoors. I see it as a lifestyle, not merely a heap of hobbies.
I love feeling the sun on my skin, the sand between my toes, and the fresh air in my face. I love scaling up mountains as well as sliding down them.
I feel incredibly lucky to live on the sunny side of the Cascades. Life is slow here, but in the absolute best way. There’s never any shortage of epic adventure or craft beer, or someone fun to share them with on a weekday.
I love to explore my PNW playground and on a hot summer day, this is what it looks like…
It’s really hard to get any work done here.
By day, I’m a thrill-seeking, dirt-slinging, chicken-wrangling, pickle-making, bread-baking blogger who loves to get my hands dirty while learning as much as I can.
By night, I’m a hustler and a designer with a love of far-fetched ideas and a knack for marketing. I’m married to a city-boy-turned-mountain-man, and together we raise two feisty little girls and a flock of laying hens in our home in Central Oregon.
In my garden, I grow mostly food. I am amazed by all the food that comes from the earth (and how little we see of it in the store).
I’m a bonafide garden foodie and my favorite meals come from my own backyard harvests. Most of my gardening is guided by instinct, and part of it follows the principles of permaculture.
I believe in the notion of il dolce far niente — the sweetness of doing nothing. Living life by instinct and passion, not by routine and shoulda-woulda-gotta. Indulging in the simple things. Relishing every breath.
I like watching sunsets slowly dip behind distant peaks. I like the smell of burning wood and bonfires — especially in my own backyard.
I like wearing the same pants for five days while I’m out exploring the unknown. I like poking at bugs and chasing after critters.
I like road trips with good people, great food over laughter. I like getting on a red-eye flight and waking up in a different country the next morning.
Garden Betty began as a creative outlet in 2010 (and turned into a full-time endeavor in 2014) to share my love of being outside. I draw endless inspiration from the organic processes of slow gardening, slow food, and slow travel.
(And yes, driving through 37 states in 48 days can still be done slowly.)
I am a believer in the “work to live, not live to work” school of thought. And if you truly love what you do — not just for work, but also in life — that energy will come back to you tenfold.
Every day I embrace the creativity around me, from the spirit of the people I meet to the beauty of the places I discover (or even rediscover).
And what I’ve discovered is that there’s no place like home, but life is too short to not get out of the house. Out of your comfort zone. Off the treadmill of life. Just more often than you think you can.
Sometimes all it takes is a day to get away, or an uninhibited moment that can change everything you thought you knew.
Through my stories and pictures, I hope I can inspire the homemaker, wanderer, adventurer, joy-seeker, and life-lover in you, too!
This year I am so excited to build a new (and much bigger!) garden from the ground up in our new home. Follow along!