Two of my favorite gardening resources got together to discuss how to grow figs and the outcome is an information-packed article coupled with a podcast!
Lee Reich, whose books include Grow Fruit Naturally: A Hands-On Guide to Luscious, Homegrown Fruit, The Pruning Book: Completely Revised and Updated and Weedless Gardening, shares his secrets for growing figs with Margaret Roach — a gardening expert in her own right.
FYI – in case you’re thinking it’s too cold where you live to grow figs, read on. Both of these gardeners live in Zone 5 and still grow figs. And the topic of growing figs is one of my favorite.
I have two fig trees in my Southeastern PA zone 6 – one is the Celeste the other was a cutting from a tree brought to America in 1910(?) by a friend’s great grandfather.
Both did beautifully for years, providing so many figs that I gave them away, diced and froze them and made fig jam!
But in the last 2 years, the very cold winters have really hurt them. I am back to just getting stems with leaves growing up from the roots in the ground that survived. I hope to get figs again next year or the year after because this is a superb fruit.
One of my favorite ways to eat them is right off the tree! But if I manage to get a few in the house, I chill them, cut them in half, place a small round of goat cheese on each half and drizzle balsamic vinegar mixed with honey on each half. Heaven!
I hope you enjoy Margaret Roach’s interview with Lee Reich and give figs a try!