Fantastic Figs are in Your Future this Fall

NOTE: Amy Hill knows figs are the fruit I’ve been waiting to grow. After previewing her fig story I was tempted, but then Amy sent me some of her super yummy fig recipes and I was off to the garden center for my first fig plant.

Sustainable gardening relies on selecting the right plant for the right place and now is the time to plant figs.  Amy Hill introduces us to the fig tree, Ficus carica, which is well suited for our region. Amy tells us simple strategies for being successful with this southern favorite.

 

Key Points

  • Be sure to plant figs early in the fall so they will have enough time to get established before our cold weather sets in
  • Figs need full sun —that’s at least 8 hours of sun
  • Once established, figs are drought tolerant but will drop fruit in dry weather
  • A good crop requires constant moisture so add a layer of mulch and water during drought
  • Over fertilizing can reduce crop production

Resources

  • Tips for growing figs
  • Amy’s favorite way to enjoy figs
  • Other great ways to use figs
    • http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/summer-fig-watermelon-salad-feta
    • http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/fig-bars-0
    • http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/fig-glazed-roast-turkey-with-cornbread-stuffing-recipe.html
    • http://www.southernliving.com/food/entertaining/fig-recipes/rosemary-flank-steak-with-fig-salsa_2
    • http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/small-batch-fig-jam

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Last Days of Summer

Sumer will soon draw to a close and now is a good time to begin planting your fall garden.  Learn how to add wildflowers and figs to your landscape.  We’ll also take you on a tour of a couple of places to visit as the weather cools down —the Japanese Tea House at Duke Gardens and the Mason Farm Biological Reserve.  And finally, find out what to do with all those leaves that will soon be falling.

 

 

RESOURCES

  • 2015 North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association conference - September 21-22, Cary, NC
  • Welcome WPVM 103.7 FM listeners in Asheville, NC on Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM
  •  Duke Gardens - Japanese Tea House
  • Wildflowers to Feed a Bee
  • NC Botanical Garden - Mason Farm Biological Reserve
  • What to do with all those figs?
  • Gardening Chores for September

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