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Year 10

Year 10

Every story has a beginning.

Mine unfolded on September 9, 2010. I had a fun idea: I wanted to start a blog. I took a picture of my summer harvest and wrote my first post.

I told a few friends and my mother-in-law (I also told my own mom, who had no idea what a blog even was), and opened up the comments to anyone who might accidentally stumble upon my little corner of the Internet.

I wrote about anything and everything: seedlings, sunsets, surfing, making potting mix. “Content” was simple back then because I didn’t see it as content, I just wanted to share what made me happy. And if I could get a free pair of garden clogs out of it, hooray!

But exactly one year later, out of the blue, I was awarded “Best Gardening Blog” by Country Living magazine, in a time when blogs were still quirky and novel and something you did as a hobby.

That was when everything changed for me.

(Keep reading to the end for something fun!)

Garden Betty hanging 10 on the edge of a boulder

Never did I think that little passion project could turn into my job, or that 10 years later, I’d still be hustling all things Garden Betty and doing work that I’m absolutely obsessed with — in a good way. I love the unexpected turn that life has taken, and the opportunities my blog has opened up over the years.

In the decade that I’ve been sharing all things gardening, chicken-keeping, cooking, and traveling, I’ve also…

Gotten married, visited 14 countries, written three cookbooks and republished one, gone on a cross-country book tour on the road, had a baby, had another baby, and summited dozens of peaks on foot, chairlifts, or long drives.

I’ve camped all over the American West with a newborn. I’ve brought home six pullets and five chicks. I’ve said goodbye to our pugs. I’ve lived in three different homes and moved to another state where the frost-free growing season is just July and August (for real).

I’ve canned hundreds of jars in my kitchen and cooked countless meals for family, friends, and strangers.

Garden Betty grilling over a fire near a lake in the backcountry

For the past 10 years, this little space has always been where I wanted to spend my time. When I started my blog and gave it a funny name (which I’ll get into in a minute), I didn’t worry about who was going to read my words or like my posts (mostly because I didn’t think anyone would).

I just wanted to write, play in my garden, and practice taking pictures of it.

Somewhere along the way, you joined me in this journey and I’m so glad you did. Your curiosity, kindness, and enthusiasm has pushed me to learn something new every day so I can share it with as many people as possible.

Without you, Garden Betty would not be what it is today.

But about that name… I wanted to blog about my garden. And I wanted to infuse a little personality into the name, so I decided to use a nickname I’d always had in California — Betty — a moniker given to a girl in the skate/surf/snow scene.

Garden Betty. The domain was available, and I bought it that day. No thoughts whatsoever as to branding, trademarks, any of that.

To be honest, if I’d known it was going to turn into a business, I might’ve gone with a different name. But it’s short and catchy and I’ve gotten used to answering to Betty (while also answering lots of interviews about how the name came about).

So, that’s the boring backstory to my blog name!

I’ve rambled on enough. Shall we celebrate?

To thank you for being a part of my story, I’ve got a bundle of cookbooks and a few of my favorite things to give away to two readers. (US residents only, sorry!)

Prize pack featured in Garden Betty's 10-year anniversary giveaway bundle

None of this is sponsored, I bought the items with my own money to support companies I love. There’s a gift card to Gardener’s Supply Company, heirloom seeds from Baker Creek (which accounts for more than half the plants in my garden in any given season), the same exact mug I use every day from United by Blue (perfect for holding a huge amount of coffee, chai, or tea), the best Tellicherry peppercorns from The Reluctant Trading Experiment, and non-toxic sunscreen from Goddess Garden.

These are all things I use almost daily, and I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

Enter your email address in the Rafflecopter form below (which will also sign you up to my email list, if you aren’t already on it) and while you’re here, drop a comment and let me know a favorite tip (or blog post) you’ve learned from Garden Betty that’s stuck with you.

The giveaway ends midnight (Pacific Time) on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Two winners will be chosen at random and emailed the next day.

I appreciate you! Here’s to the next 10 years!

Enter this giveaway

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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 »

123 Comments

  • Caren Magill-Myers
    September 26, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Loved your story, Linda! As a fellow OG blogger I’m inspired by your evolution. You’ve done such a great job with your brand.

    Reply
    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:38 am

      Thanks so much Caren!

      Reply
  • germancarsonly
    September 26, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Congratulations, Linda. I love your blog and your cookbooks. Even the early one you no longer claim.

    Reply
    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:37 am

      Thank you so much! (And that first one, The CSA Cookbook, has simply been republished under a new name with a new cover as The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook.)

      Reply
  • Chrissy
    September 26, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Happy 10 years! I found your blog randomly as I drove past the ancient lava fields by Mt Whitney area. I was curious about its history and so fortunately found your blog with a google search! It was neat that your blog covered my other interests as well: camping, canning and edible gardening. Now I’m looking forward to hearing about your home design progress. All the best to you and your family!

    Reply
    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:37 am

      Wow, what a blast from the past. Those lava fields were so interesting and I’m glad they connected us! Thank you for being here!

      Reply
  • Shannon
    September 26, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Best tip, that I can eat sweet potato leaves. I put them in my morning smoothie every day!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:36 am

      Oh yum!

      Reply
  • Bianca
    September 26, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I found you looking for recipes but like you, I’ve found that tending a garden is also tending the soul. It’s the best therapy out there. I love your commitment to farm to table and love for the rare & unusual at Baker’s Creek. I’m so thrilled that you’ve been able to make a life making the world a more beautiful place.

    Reply
    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:35 am

      Thank you for sharing these beautiful thoughts!

      Reply
  • Kellie
    September 26, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    I found your blog this spring and was enchanted by the rabbit holes of no waste cooking, science nerd quality research, your detailed and practical advice on soil amendments and AACT (I promptly went out and got my garden a setup!) but my favorite article yet has to be on the hydrophobic properties of nasturtiums. Just geeky and fun and celebrates why I love growing things in the first place. You’re simply fabulous Linda, and your work is a contribution to mankind!

    Reply
  • Diana Fuzere
    September 26, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Congratulations on the 10th Anniversary of Garden Betty! I love everything Garden Betty and have followed, read and tried ideas from you posts for years. My favorite: Starting seeds in any and every container I can find around the house. Yogurt cups, shredded cheese cups, whatever I happen to have. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:33 am

      You’re welcome! So happy you’re here!

      Reply
  • Rebeca
    September 26, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    I had to stop getting your newsletter for a while because Gemma was born just after my son Jackson was stillborn and I struggled with 3 more miscarriages after that. I was so inspired by the way you immediately took her on camping trips and wished I could have done the same. Although we don’t go camping we had been looking forward to introducing him to gardening and swimming early on. Anyway, I’m glad to be following you again and wish you all the best and congratulations on 10 years!

    Reply
  • Barbara Liszcz
    September 26, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Congrats on 10 years, Linda!! I’ve learned SO MUCH from following your lovely, informative blog. You are an inspiration to many. I look forward to the next 10 years of great content and fun things to share! Best wishes to you and your family, always. 🙂 xo

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:28 am

      Thank you so much Barbara!

      Reply
  • Jingle Orencia
    September 26, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Congratulations! Found you by accident by google – pinterest searching for edible weeds and found your article on ground coverings…which lead to reading about tomatoes, herbs, pesticides as I am a wannabe Urban-farmer girl in the ‘burbs….I enjoy reading your blog on Saturday mornings:)

    Reply
  • Andrea G
    September 26, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    My favorite tips and articles from you has by far been homemade chicken feed! Along with your blog and others, I gained knowledge and confidence to feed my chickens without relying on premixed feed. It has opened so much possibility and learning! Thank you for sharing your experiences!

    -Andrea G

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:27 am

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad it inspired you to make your own feed!

      Reply
  • Kathy Munn
    September 26, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Morning! Have followed you for a long time and enjoyed following your family grow and your love of being in nature. It has been rewarding to see the entire family involvement, including pets, in pursuing that lifestyle whether gardening, camping, skiing or surfing the ocean, etc. Plus the photography is gorgeous and recipes are outstanding.

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:26 am

      Thank you SO much Kathy!

      Reply
  • Sonja Bradfield
    September 26, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Happy 10 years! I’ve followed you since 2014 and I’ve learned so much over the years. I think mostly though I now have a dream of getting chickens someday and whenever I have enough land I definitely will. My town in NJ allows them but I have a teeny yard 🙂

    Reply
  • Jennifer Zimmerman
    September 26, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    You inspire

    Reply
  • Cindy
    September 26, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Love your website…Have learned so much about composting and gardening…

    Reply
    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:25 am

      I’m so glad my site’s been helpful for you!

      Reply
  • GLORIA J KISER
    September 26, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:25 am

      Thanks Gloria!

      Reply
  • Jennifer Alley Gron
    September 26, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Congratulations! I found you when I was looking for shiso tea recipes and kept reading!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:25 am

      Thank you for being here!

      Reply
  • Cheryl
    September 26, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Congratulations! You have become my go-to whenever I have a garden question,.

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  • Melinda
    September 26, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Congratulations on 10 years! I’ve been following you for a few years for your recipes and canning techniques. Can’t wait for my garden next year to be able to use all of your other tricks!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:24 am

      Thank you. And good luck on your garden next year!

      Reply
  • Sarah Kijowski
    September 26, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Congratulations! I found your blog when I wanted to make my own chicken feed and learn about fermenting it. It’s such a happy place. All the best to you!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:24 am

      Thank you Sarah!

      Reply
  • Cary Bradley
    September 26, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Congratulations! I can’t believe it’s been 10years! You’ve provided so much luscious content choosing one is truly Sophie’s choice! Your roasted Chile verde salsa is a go to EVERY summer. Love too that you introduced me to mycorrhizae and making my own chicken feed, and Azure although I can’t access here in RI yet, it saved my daughter inCal who was desperate to get flour for her new sourdough obscession. Haha! But today I’d choose our AVOCADO mattress! Bought one for our daughter too! Can’t thank you enough for the content you choose as your research saves me days of work on issues I’m passionate about, and you do the work for me! Also of course, the seed varieties you find, and what you love about them. Aerating compost tea? Who knew aerating helps? Go GB! Thanks sooo much!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:24 am

      Cary, you’re one of the longest-term readers I can remember. I appreciate you being here, all these years later!

      Reply
  • Tamara
    September 26, 2020 at 10:21 am

    I have the no waste cookbook. Love it

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:23 am

      Yay! Thank you.

      Reply
  • Nancy Antonecchia
    September 26, 2020 at 9:50 am

    I recently found your blog and am so glad I did. I’m enjoying watching you plan out your new homestead but just recently was especially glad for the reminder and how- to on cleaning my tools . Something I often forget to do.

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:23 am

      Thank you for following along on the build!

      Reply
  • Michelle DeFazio
    September 26, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Love how solid, detailed and often unique your posts are. Very glad I recently found your blog!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:22 am

      I appreciate you being here!

      Reply
  • Jamaica
    September 26, 2020 at 8:40 am

    The latest thing I’ve learned from you over the years is about humid acid. In fact I’m amending my garden with some tomorrow!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:22 am

      Oh nice! Such a great amendment for healthy soil.

      Reply
  • Doug
    September 26, 2020 at 6:01 am

    I found your new camp cookbook on amazon and every recipe we tried was amazing. So we started cooking them at home too. We have incorporated lots of tips but very recently I read your 6 tips for juicier burgers and they’re gold. Thank you !

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      November 15, 2020 at 1:20 am

      Love it! You’re welcome!

      Reply
  • T
    September 25, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I really want to try the nasturtium “capers”, but ours haven’t done well since you made the post.

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      September 25, 2020 at 11:25 pm

      The nasturtiums haven’t done well, or the capers didn’t turn out well?

      Reply
  • Belinda Hottinger-Niemeyer
    September 25, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Hello. I saw you in Santa Rosa at the Heirloom festival some years ago. I couldn’t afford your cookbook at the time but I later bought it “The CSA Cookbook” I use it all the time.

    Reply
  • Lottie Heinicke
    September 25, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    I am new to your blog, I can not wait to explore.

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      September 25, 2020 at 11:25 pm

      Welcome! Thank you for being here!

      Reply
  • Kaye Lyssy
    September 25, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Love your blog and am enjoying seeing your new adventures with 2 kiddos and your plan for the future!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      September 25, 2020 at 11:25 pm

      I so appreciate you being here!

      Reply
  • Kori
    September 25, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    I found Garden Betty and the first thing I did was can Nastradamus seeds, and collected and canned radish seed pods – two things that were super new and interesting to me!

    Reply
    • Linda from Garden Betty
      September 25, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      Aren’t they fun? The next thing I want to try is roasting watermelon seeds (they’re edible, just like pumpkin seeds are).

      Reply
  • Pamela Herron
    September 25, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    I discovered your blog because Ploughshares Nursery in Alameda share your posts frequently. I love learning about canning and pickling tips and about composting. Keep sharing info! It helps all of us!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      September 25, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      Aw lovely, thank you to Ploughshares Nursery and thank you for being here!

      Reply
  • R Trittel
    September 25, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    I just love your blog. You give such practical advice and have such lovely photos. I cannot wait to see how your new garden comes along.

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      September 25, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  • Terry
    September 25, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    This is our (my husband and I) first year of gardening and we came across your soil recipe after experiencing some failure of not being able to get anything to grow. Now we mix our own seedling starting mix and soil potting mix according to your recipe and are finally experiencing success! It’s been so much fun learning along the way and we’re thankful for you sharing your knowledge. Your journey has inspired us! Thank you!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      September 25, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      Hooray! I love hearing things like that!

      Reply
  • Claire R
    September 25, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Congratulations, Linda! It’s a joy to read about your work and learn from you!

    The thing I’ve learned is to just start somewhere. It doesn’t have to be perfect or beautiful, just try and see what happens.

    Here’s to the next 10!

    Reply
  • Jenny K.
    September 25, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Your blog introduced me to Mexican Sour Gherkins – and they’re now tied (with ground cherries) for my favorite thing to grow!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      September 25, 2020 at 11:28 pm

      Mexican Sour Gherkins are a staple in my garden! I absolutely love them.

      Reply
  • Carol
    September 25, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    You showed me that camping food can be delicious!

    Reply
  • Kelly G.
    September 25, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Seed starting!! You got me hooked!!

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    • Linda from Garden Betty
      September 25, 2020 at 11:29 pm

      Yay! I’ve toned down my seed starting since I’ve been living in a temporary home the last couple years, but now I CANNOT WAIT to start ALL THE SEEDS again!

      Reply
  • Cindy Koepke
    September 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Favorite tip: use more of the vegetables! Yum.

    Reply
  • Cindy Koepke
    September 25, 2020 at 11:59 am

    My favorite tip: to cook with as much of the veggies as possible!

    Reply
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