I love visiting other gardeners because I come home with new ideas.
Last week I visited Toronto-area fig enthusiast Alberto.
Alberto grows figs in pots, but says that he likes in-ground trees best because they get big…and that means more figs.
I agree: more is better!
He’s made protecting the trees as simple as possible using old doors. “The neighbours must wonder what I’m doing when I take old doors I see in the garbage,” he says with a laugh.
He attached a sheet of foam insulation to one side of the door. In late fall, he bends the trees to the ground, and simply lays the foam-backed door atop the plant. It’s enough protection in his zone.
I asked how he deals with larger branches that are difficult to bend. Alberto says that he hammers a metal rod into the ground, and then secures uncooperative branches to it.