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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A Fig’s Life
There is nothing better than a fresh fig. If you dare to dabble with growing them in the cooler temperatures of the Northeast, it requires being vigilant; knowing when to haul them outside and when to lug them indoors for their dormant rest period. In case you need a refresher course, there’s one in the archives Go Figure that might help you out. But back to the fig’s life as we currently have four thriving fig plants.
Three of the plants are various varieties purchased as bare root stock. However, it’s the first fig, my fig, which I received from a local woman moving to a new house. It was a tiny shoot and when I say tiny, it was literally something most would have tossed out. But this little leaf in a tiny clay pot has blossomed into the best producing, best tasting, and straightest growing of the bunch. Did it require some patience? Heck, yeah. It took approximately seven years before it decided that this year it would become the featured star fig plant.
So today’s post isn’t about technique or what to do next. It’s that thing called patience which even in the horticultural world can be so hard to grasp. Moliere reminds me that “Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” And so it is with this fig’s life. It’s time to enjoy its fruit.
P.S. I gave Annie’s Gardening Corner a background facelift yesterday. It seemed like the natural mid-life mile marker thing to do; a little ‘nip and tuck’. Let me know your thoughts and if you find any bugs that need to be worked out. I found a couple but I won’t point them out. It's those fine-tuning and adjustments that can be worked out as we continue along. And if you like the new look, you can send your thumbs up.
© Top Image – Figs picked this morning from Annie’s Fig Tree
© Middle Image – Annie’s Fig Tree reaching to the sun
© Bottom Image – Figs for breakfast
© All Images by Ann Bilowz
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