In June 2011, this was the closest I came to eating the first fruit off my Fig Black Genoa.
But those hopes were dashed you see. Winter stopped them growing any further, and then some bloody rodent came along and finished the job.
So now it is Autumn 2012, and what do we have here? A new batch of fruit arrived to said fig, it ripened, I picked it, and the rest is a fruit salad breakfast.
About 18 months on from creating this forest garden and the rewards are starting to come in a big way. Next year this thing will supply enough for me, the birds, and those rodents (well maybe the first couple, definitely not their 2000 relatives).
What I’m finding is that a rich soil well watered will prompt excellent fig tree growth, and I owe much of the quality of my soil to the use of coffee grounds – What was a dry soil is now full of life and the display of healthy and productive plants.
In a previous article I have written in detail about making coffee compost and how those grounds are good for fruit trees, and recommend this as an item of further interest.
- Great Time for Planting (pitsponefarm.wordpress.com)
- A Fig Tree for every garden. (readsnursery.wordpress.com)
- Memories of Figs (freshairlover.blogspot.com)
Look’s good, remember Fig preserves on hot homemade biscuits in my child hood.
I now have a Lemon fig,Green fig, Brown Turkey & a LSU purple.
They love my coffee compost.
Wow I checked out some photos of the LSU purple on google and the thing looks incredible. What does it taste like compared to the others?
That fig looks yummy – my fig tree has not been looking very happy lately – off to read your other posts and see what I can find.
Awesome to hear, thanks for stopping by. I find that fig trees grow the best with a moderate amount of water, rich soil (powered by coffee grounds), and plenty of sun.