I happened to glance out the window just now — something I’m doing less and less, the sight of all the gardening not getting done gets me down — and what did I spy? Eureka! The first two ripe figs on my ‘Mission’ fig tree.
Now if you’ve read any of the other posts here at HVGJ, you know I don’t really give a flying…well, you know, about growing edibles. Mostly. Growing a fig tree of my very own has long been on the list of gardening goals, and this year I finally found a nice sized tree at an even nicer price (score!). But plant care has taken a back burner this season, and I thought the hurricane was destined to have her way with my young and flimsy fig.
I can only imagine what the neighbors thought if they caught sight of me leaping off the front stoop in my bare feet and untamed hair racing for those fruit. Even more exciting was turning them over to discover I hadn’t been beaten to them by insects, which happens often. And yes, they tasted fabulous.
Other edibles on my need to grow list include the ‘Meyer’ lemon I’m carefully watching on the deck, the one and only fruit has been holding on since late winter. I’d also love to get my hands on a Citrus medica, the Hand of Buddha, technically not edible but it is fruit bearing. Where is that greenhouse fairy to store all these plants in when you need her?
(I also happened upon this lovely bit of info while investigating exactly which insects like to dine on figs. I always kind of admired folks who could eat bugs, I just never really considered myself one of them. And no, it’s not going to stop me from enjoying the rest of the fruits once they ripen!)