My fig tree sits in a huge container on my driveway. Making it very convenient for me to check for ripe figs on my way to get the morning newspaper (this has been my routine for the past few weeks).
Picked my first fig of the season on 8/19/13. It was perfectly ripe, soft to the touch and no blemish. Popped it into my mouth on the spot, sweet as honey, oh, sooooo delicious.
Oops, this is (was) the first fig, must take a photo. Too late.
Not the first one but they made it into the photo
Had lunch with friends and brought figs to share. One of my friends was thrilled to see the figs as they brought back memories of picking figs from her grandmother tree. Also shared the bounty with neighbors and other friends.
Having company next week, not knowing how long the harvest will last, decided to save some in the freezer. The variety of fig I have freezes well.
Figs on Tree
The fig on the lower left should be ready in a day or two
Notice how the fig on the lower left is drooping while all the others are standing straight and tall? The drooping tells me that the fig should be ready in a day or two but I usually wait longer before picking to allow the fig to ripen a bit more and get sweeter. Of course, by doing so I am taking chances since I am not the only one eyeing the ripe figs. So far I am winning, the critters have not yet realized that the figs are ripening.
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Picked my first Asian pear of the season. Noticed some critters are enjoying my pears. (there are a few partially eaten fruits on the ground). Am determined to not have a repeat of last year’s loss (click here for last year’s episode), so am checking my pears daily. As soon as one is ready, it gets picked.
The pears in this section of the tree was not thinned at the proper time resulting in smaller fruits
Pears will self-thin. Not knowing how many baby pears will fall off the tree on their own, I wait a little while before thinning the clusters, was a bit late. Will try to do better next year.
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Not much to do in the garden right now except to water, some weeding but mostly harvest and keep an eye out for critters.
Ping Tung Eggplant, Okra, Cucumber & Asian Pears
The above photo is showing part of my harvest for the week. Not photoed are more red noodle beans, yard long beans, broccoli, mustard, Swiss chard, callaloo (amaranth), kale tomatoes …
Speaking of tomatoes, I took great care while harvesting the biggest ripe yellow tomato in the garden, it was the size of 2 fists. Brought it up to the shed for weighing. Would you believe I dropped it. Yes, I did. Was not happy with me.
But am happy that my garden is producing well and I am able to share my bounty with friends.
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Yes, my bloomerang-reblooming lilac is blooming in August, not as profusely as in the spring but still gorgeous and fragrant.
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