After working in the garden late this afternoon, I decided to pick figs and make fig preserves this evening. But most of the figs were partially eaten, and the uneaten ones were not ripe enough to pick. What a disappointment!
If it were birds, I wouldn’t have minded too much. But later I was sitting on the deck and noticed the fig tree moving. I didn’t think that a bird would cause that much motion, so I watched for a few minutes… and then I saw the squirrel. After he helped himself to what he wanted in the tree, he jumped to the ground and ate the partially eaten figs that I had discarded.
Since I didn’t have enough figs to even think of making preserves, I decided to play with an orange marmalade recipe. I LOVE orange marmalade. And figs go well with oranges. So I’m planning to cut up my few figs and add them to the marmalade recipe and see how it turns out. I bet it will be good!
Two hummingbirds have discovered the feeder I put up yesterday. They have entertained us on and off all day. It always amazes me how such exquisitely beautiful little birds can be so contentious in asserting proprietary rights to the feeder. It’s like watching a tiny WWI airborne dogfight!
I also started more fall vegetable seeds in little plastic cups this evening. I used to have good luck direct seeding almost everything. But this year it is so hot that it is impossible to keep the garden soil evenly moist.