gardenofknox asked: The picture of your fig preserves looks delicious! What recipe do you use (fig jelly is my favorite)?
Hi there! The fig preserve is really simple! I got this “recipe” from a friend’s mom. (I put recipe in quotes because it’s really more of an eyeball it and taste as you go kind of thing.) Wash your figs and cut them in quarters. Put them all in a big pot and coat them with sugar. Cover the pot and let the figs sit for a couple hours so that they can kind of marinate in their own juices. After some time (once the sugar has dissolved) start cooking the figs. Add a vanilla bean or some raspberries or a bit of lemon depending on the flavors you like. (When I made it I added some lemon juice, lemon zest and a little bit of vanilla bean paste.) Cook on low until it has the consistency you like - some folks like their preserves with chunks and others like it really cooked down and smooth. Just taste as you go and you really can’t go wrong! Jar your preserve once it looks the way you would like. The preserve will keep in your refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. I love eating fig preserves with brie or goat cheese on crackers :) Enjoy!
peonyandbee asked: Just read your farewell (for the winter) post and wanted to say thank you for sharing this blog with us. Your story is an inspiration and your posts are certainly a highlight to my day. Thanks for doing what you do! Have a safe and wonderful winter and holiday season. Until next year!
Wow, thank you so much! Messages like yours mean so much to me. Thanks for following the garden and especially for taking the time to say hello. Your kind and thoughtful words made my day!
End of the Season
Hello friends and followers,
Thank you so much following Opa’s Garden for another year! My heart is so full with the joy that the garden has once again given me, and I’m so glad that I have been able to share it with so many of you! The garden has pretty much been cleared for the winter. I may post a few pictures or updates here and there, but for the most part the blog will probably be pretty quiet for the next few months. I look forward to seeing you again next year! Happy gardening!
fancyfoxdesign-deactivated20131 asked: I was wondering if you get those big green beetles on your figs. I have no idea what they're called except that we used to get them on our fig trees. We used to have way more figs than we could eat so it wasn't a problem sharing the fruit with them. They're quite large and this beautiful iridescent green all over.
Hey! I haven’t noticed any pests on our figs this year. I did a quick google search and discovered that what you are describing my be a figeater beetle. I hope you are able to get rid of them and/or still have a good fig harvest. Good luck!