Freaky Fig Trees

In May of 2011 my husband and I took our first steps into gardening for food production. Neither of us had ever planted anything edible in our lives, though we come from farm stock. He bought a few berry bushes and fig plants to start us out. He didn’t spend much money on them, as we were clueless and figured if they died, we could always start over the following year. We kept them all in pots until we  figured out where we wanted to plant them. The  blueberry bushes gave us a handful of berries and more for the squirrels that first summer before we planted in our backyard in the Fall. Last summer we had a nice  crop of blueberries

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 and blackberries.   170422_4210171941960_106694488_oOur fig trees are a different story. At the end of the Summer of 2011, our two little fig plants surprised us with about 12-15 delicious figs. We decided to try overwintering them in our house because all we had read about their care in the gardening zone 5A said we had to wrap them or bury them and that just sounded like too much work for first time gardeners.  The small trees started growing buds and leaves in February and added almost a foot of growth to some of the branches before I transferred them outdoors. We had high hopes for them. Then a scorching summer hit and not only did their leaves scorch and fall off, but we had no figs between our two trees.

Once again we are overwintering our figs indoors. We brought them inside in mid November. This is what they look like only 2 months later.


I measured some of the new growth and one branch has added 2 feet, which I find amazing. If you know anything about figs. I would love to hear any tips you might have. I just hope we get fruit this summer.