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Five Things Friday

Fig harvest

The five little things that made my week…

1. The figs are coming in fast and furious. I see fig and burrata salad, prosciutto-wrapped figs, roasted fig pizza, balsamic fig jam, spiced fig jam, and just plain juicy fresh figs in my immediate future.

Fig beetles

2. Most people will see this and feel discouraged. I, on the other hand, see it as a small sacrifice of a fig to have an afternoon’s worth of activity time and high-protein snacks for my chickens!

King of Siberia tomato

3. This beautiful ball of sunshine weighed in at a pound-and-a-half. (It’s a Golden King of Siberia.)

Dragon Tongue bush beans

4. I don’t repeat a lot of plants year after year, but Dragon Tongue bush beans are a staple in my summer vegetable garden.

Lemon harvest

5. Lemons find their way into a lot of things in my kitchen, but this weekend a few of those will be sliced and frozen for flavoring water, and the rest will turn into strawberry lemonade!

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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    August 25, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    how beautiful <3
    I just discovered your blog and I am in love :*

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      September 9, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thank you Mariam! I appreciate you reading!

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    Flying on Jess Fuel
    July 27, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Ahhh! So jealous of your harvests, especially those beautiful figs! We had a heck of time this year between the drought and grasshoppers & squirrels destroying/stealing everything! :-/ Grrr… higher hopes for the winter garden!

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      August 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      We have a squirrel that likes to take up residence in our fig tree, but thankfully he’s been munching on the figs that we can’t reach anyway. He IS an annoyance though! 😛

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    July 26, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Hey Garden Betty….

    All those figs, and only one of them actually looks ripe in the picture. Are those a type of fig I’ve never seen? Most figs are to be picked when they’re brown and very soft to the touch.

    • Linda Ly
      Linda Ly
      August 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      You’re likely thinking of Mission or Brown Turkey figs, which are dark in color. Mine are a different variety that stay mostly green (with tinges of purple) when they’re ripe. I actually don’t know what variety they are, as my tree is several decades old. But they’re incredibly sweet and juicy!

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