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Five Things Friday

Errant fig ripening in winter

The five little things that made my week…

1. This errant fig. Even after all its fig siblings have long been harvested since summer and all the leaves have fallen off the tree, somehow this one fig has managed to grow and continued to ripen in winter!

Mandarin tree

2. My mandarin tree. This is the first year it’s so prolific, and I am totally loving my morning routine of going outside, picking a mandarin, and sitting in the garden, peeling and eating it while watching my chickens.

Orange tree

3. Not to be outdone, this is my orange tree. If you feel you don’t have the time or resources to plant an edible garden, just plant a fruit tree. You will thank yourself in a couple of years.

Winter seedlings

4. Seedlings getting hardened off (now that Southern California is past its freeze — imagine that!) and ready to go in the ground this weekend.

Winter bee on basil

5. A winter bee on my African blue basil. So happy to see these little guys still buzzing around.

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 »