October 24, 2013

According to John: Fig Harvest!

I had a very robust fig harvest this year! One of my trees is Black Mission, the most esteemed (my favorite) and available fig variety in the world. My other tree is a fancy French variety, of which I can’t remember the name right now.  Figs are special, loaded with antioxidants and among the richest sources of calcium, fiber, magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium and vitamin K. Figs have always been considered valuable, throughout history and mythology. Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves and Buddha attained enlightenment under a bodhi tree, which is a type of fig tree. Ancient Greeks considered figs sacred and associated them with fertility and love.


Our Fig trees are in soil that has been fortified with micro-nutrients and generous amounts of potassium which aids fruit production and helps fig trees fight disease. Our production continues to be tremendous year after year. The Black Mission has two crops, one around Father’s Day that is a little more mildly flavored and then a heavier, full flavored crop starting at the end of July and extending through to about mid August. The fancy French, super human tree has one long crop from about mid July to the end of August.  As seen in the photo, the French Fig tree is tremendously vital and seems to grow exponentially as Spring and Summer progress.


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Fall is a wonderful time to plant fruit trees. The warm soil and cool air make for ideal conditions to get trees and shrubs in the ground. When planting, add a generous amount of John and Bob’s OPTIMIZE, MAXIMIZE, NOURISH-Biosol and PENETRATE to the planting hole. This will boost root production and ensure healthy, stable growth in robust soil. Be sure to water them well and take care of them throughout their first winter. You will be harvesting delicious, healthy figs in no time!