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Five Things Friday

Happy pug at the dog beach.

The five little things that made my week…

1. That face. That tongue.

Sandy paws at the dog beach.

2. Sandy paws.

Chickens in a round of cabbage pinata.

3. A lively round of cabbage piñata.

Backyard bananas.

4. Sweet, apple-like bananas in the backyard.

Figs coming into season.

5. Figs, figs, figs… come to mamma.

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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    Alixander
    October 3, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Magnificent!! I hope that someday my growth reaches even a fraction of yours! I am limited in South Dakota, but I do my best! Have you considered aquaponics?

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      October 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      No aquaponics for me; I have a lot of ground to work with here!

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    Lisa
    May 31, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Love the pics! My fave is the chickens—I’ve thrown one of those in the run, but haven’t made a pinata yet, what a great idea! They also love corn on the cob, stripped those cobs completely clean.

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      May 31, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      The chickens were especially loving those cabbage leaves because a few cabbage worms were hiding in them!

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    Cary Bradley
    May 31, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Now, that is the way to prepare cabbage! What a terrific idea. I’d heard of hanging millet sprays in the winter to combat boredom, but never thought to hang veg. I’ve been stumped when pruning from veg garden, how to hold the leaves for the girls when I’m too busy to stand and hold it for them. Hanging from above is perfect. Thanks for the terrific idea! Oh, and luscious figs look terrific. I grew up in Montebello with a fig orchard in my backyard. Heaven on earth. Our tree had both white and black figs. Orchard started by a sweet old Italian couple who’d subdivided the area and planted a fig tree in each lot! Joe and Mary Runco, lovely neighbors and friends.

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      May 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      I also stuff a suet cage with greens and hang that in their run. The ball is great fun though – I can hear the little bell ringing as they bop it around with their beaks!

      And wow, a fig orchard right in your own backyard sounds amazing! If I knew I was going to stay put in a house for a while, I’d plant a hundred fruit trees of all kinds. The family that lived here before us had the right idea; most of the fruit trees on the property are at least 20-30 years old, and they planted a few more right before we moved in. Best gift ever!

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