As my new garden begins to expand with plants of which I am not intimately familiar I found myself looking up the same care information over and over. Not exactly an efficient way to manage my day or the yard. In our Fourth Year in this home filling in between plants is also taking place. I am having trouble remembering exactly what it is I planted and where. Taking a page from FLYLady I am going to create a Garden Binder. Yes, this will be old school, on paper, physical collection of information.
Not only will there be a general layout of the yard and each garden section but also information on the various plants. In the end I am looking to have a quick reference for basic questions as well as a general year round garden care calendar.
First up, Fig Trees.
In the Spring of 2018 I planted a fig tree along the back fence.
Or rather, it never budded out. Thankfully it was within the warranty period and I was able to replace it with a single stem, healthy plant. While several figs appeared none ripened enough for us to partake of a harvest. Then Winter arrived and I forgot to protect it from the potential of freezing weather. “Maybe it did not freeze too much”, I thought hopefully.
It died again.
I had already figured this out before Spring came by doing small scratches along the stem to see if there was green, living tissue underneath. There was not. Instead of replacing the second fig tree I left it in place to see if it would sprout from the stump as it had done for another gardener I know in this area. Sure enough, it resprouted Now, instead of a single stem plant I have an almost 6′ multi-stemmed plant.
I left it to grow all last summer, again seeing figs but not getting a harvest. This past winter I took precautions and wrapped the tree in burlap and plastic while putting several inches of mulch around the base. A few of the upper branches may have some damage but over all it looks much healthier.
Lesson #1: use winter protection, even though we are on the border of not needing it.
As for care check out some of these links:
Port Kells Nursery gives a nice one page run down of the care of fig trees. If you are looking for quick print off to add to a binder or folder this is a good stop.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac gives a bit more in-depth information on fertilizing and other aspects.
A collection of articles from Gardening Know How covering various aspects of fig tree care.
Gardening Channel gives a brief overview of fig trees.