Resilient fig

Fig leaf buds

I love fresh figs which I first tasted from a productive outdoor fig some years ago. I decided to plant a brown turkey fig in a sunny spot close to the house, protected from winter winds and in rather poor soil (all indications provided on the enclosed planting flyer).  Prior to planting the fig, I checked in with the Deva of the Garden and the deva of this fig to find I needed to add lots (lots and lots!) of bone meal to the soil.  Later I read that figs love calcium – one more confirmation that I was getting accurate information through the non-physical team process.

The first fig I planted died from drought. The second fig I planted survived the next year’s drought and the blackberries which kept sending up shoots in its bed.  However, the succeeding winter seemed to have killed the fig since the branches were dead.  As I searched for another locally grown fig to plant in its place, I began to notice some green at its base.  Amazing!  It was still alive and put out three new branches last year.  Here’s how large it grew last season before the frost stopped its growth for the year:

Fig

As many of us experienced this year, we had a very hard winter with lots of snow and cold days.  This spring I found the fig had died again.  All three fresh branches were brittle and broke off easily.  So disappointing. . .  I would have to try again with another new plant.  Or so it seemed until a few days ago when I discovered the fig was, once again, on its way to growing new limbs (as shown in the first photo in this post).

How very resilient this fig is. . .  Despite drought, bitter cold and invading blackberries, it managed to create a strong supportive root system. Now I will do my part and make sure it stays well-watered this year. I will also investigate how to better protect the young limbs next winter.

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