I confess I’ve only eaten the figs in stores and never, ever a freshly-picked fig. And this, as it turns out is why I don’t really like this fruit according to Canadian garden author Steven Biggs.
Who knew you could grow figs in Canada?
Let me cut to the chase very quickly with my good news and bad news review.
If you’ve ever thought about growing figs in your northern garden, get this book. It’s a fast read, full of the information you really need to know and understand. In about 50 pages, the book covers the how of growing, fruiting, propagating and for me, the most important part – overwintering this USDA Zone 8 plant in a USDA 4-5 garden.
Let me be clear though, Steven Biggs turns out to be a “fig-pig”, one of those people addicted to this fruit and I suspect he’d be growing them anywhere he lived.
He just happens to live in Toronto, Canada and not known as a hotbed for growing zone 8 plants other than in greenhouses.
But it turns out you don’t need one to succeed and in fact, you really don’t want to let your figs anywhere near a greenhouse for the winter.
This book covers the waterfront for growing this plant in cold climates. From sun requirements, to pruning and training options, soils, watering, feeding, harvesting, overwintering, propagating, insect and disease control are covered. In short, almost everything you need to know is in this concise book.
I’m glad Steven sent this book to me for review and I’m delighted to tell you to go to his website at Grow-Figs.com and order one for yourself as I’m not giving mine up.
Oh yeah, the bad news is that it turns out my better half loves fresh figs and we’re going to be setting up a small fig orchard if she has anything to do with it.