Fig tree is exceptionally prolific this year. There is a fig at the base of nearly every leaf and the figs are much larger than previous years.
(The fig on the right in the above photo will droop when it is ready for harvest.)
When I wheeled it outdoors (after over wintering in the garage) I sprinkled a handful of lime onto the soil surface, waited 10 days and sprinkled on a handful of organic granular fertilizer. Once plant is fully leafed out and hardened off, I fertilized bi-weekly with fish emulsion fertilizer (at ½ strength). I also placed the container with the fig tree inside another larger container (above right photo) and made sure the outer container is filled with water everyday. (Hired my neighbour’s kid to fill the container daily while I was on vacation.) Because the container is much too small for the size of the tree, I needed to do all this to provide the tree with sufficient nutrients and moisture. Since it is not practical to replant it into a larger container, this fall I will need to prune the roots and repot with new potting soil.
This variety freezes well, so I will definitely try to save some for the freezer.
First fig harvest, Tuesday, 7/31/2012
Aren’t they gorgeous!!!!! Well, 2 did not make it into the photo. They looked ready (were drooping), felt ready (soft to the touch) but were they taste ready? Biting into one (make that 2) is the only way to find out. Both were sooooo sweet, like honey. Oh yes, ready for harvest.
Dug in all the potatoes.
Top tray, left to right: Adrondack red, Purple Peruvian and Fingerlings
Bottom tray, left to right: Blue (from Healthfood store), All Blue and Adrondack Blue. Well, that’s what I think they are. They got a bit mixed up. Will be able to tell better when I cut them at a later date. Click here (and scroll down) to see what the inside of 5 of the varieties look like.
The Red Thumb never produced or perhaps got mixed up with the others somewhere or maybe still buried in the ground. I forgot that I planted the potatoes in a trench and also mounded the plants as they grew. Don’t think I dug deep enough when I was havesting. Planted lettuce seedlings immediately on the vacated site so have to wait until later to find out how many potatoes got left behind. Next year I am going to plant my potatoes in containers (only one variety per container). Will surely make harvesting and keeping track a whole lot easier.
To prevent the critters from nibbling at more of my eggplants, each fruit is now wearing knee-hi’s. Hope they do not suffer in this heat. Click here to see one of the damage.
Other harvests for the week:
∞ Blackberries, small handful most mornings. A few may make it to the breakfast table.
∞ Green and white bittermelons, shared with my cousins.
∞ Brocoli and gai lan side shoots, went into a stir-fry
∞ Swiss chard, shared with neighbour
∞ Oak leaf and cimmaron lettuces. These were seedlings planted in a shady part of the garden end of June and are doing well despite the heat. Harvesting the outer leaves for salad, tender and sweet.
∞ Red and green Chinese long beans. These went into the freezer.
∞ Yellow pear tomatoes, went into the lettuce salad
∞ Pickling and Japanese cucumber. Shared wth friends and neighbours.
Belamcanda chinensis – Blackberry Lily
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