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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 โ€” 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.

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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 โ€” all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more ยป

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    Malia Sturgeon
    January 10, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I love living in WA, but I WISH I had your growing season. I so want your morning routine! Awesome!!

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    thefolia
    January 10, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Beautiful photos of the bountiful garden…I love the brave fig…viva la fig and happy nesting in your garden!

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      January 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Happy weekend!

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    loharp
    January 9, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    The errant fig…after your heirloom seed post, I think you could create a new, cold hardy heirloom fig with a great story. You could hold a contest to name it.

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      January 10, 2015 at 12:31 am

      Just the tree alone has plenty of great stories. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s the sole fig tree remaining from a fig orchard that used to exist on this parcel (now a suburban neighborhood). Very, very old tree.

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    Deb at Counting My Chickens
    January 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    You are killing me with your morning routine! My morning routine these days: Bundle up in my parka and snow boots and head outside to make sure the chickens have made it through another night of sub-zero temperatures and then try to coax them out of the coop long enough for them to drink a little water from their heated fount. As much as I love Iowa, there are a couple of months each year when I question my life choices. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      January 9, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      LOL! We actually had frost last week, but it only lasted a few days and now we’re back up to the 70s again. At least you know what to expect every winter; our weather in SoCal has been completely unpredictable the last few winters, alternating between hot (90s!) and cold (20s) in the same month.

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