I planted my Fig tree 3 years ago. It had a abundance of Figs last year….and the birds loved them. I didn’t get a single one. Figs ripen only on the tree, so you can’t pick early. And I’ll be darned if the birds don’t know exactly the minute they are ripe. I wake every morning at 5am. The first thing I do is check my gardens. I have tried covering up the tree with a net to keep the birds out. But the tree is high and I can’t keep them from going under the net….tricky birds! I even stopped feeding the birds for a while, which I really didn’t like to do. I love feeding the birds, and watching them. But then I get the doves. The doves are so messy, they poop on everything. Then I spied something shocking on my back lawn. Hawks had spied my birds, and started attacking them almost weekly. It was heartbreaking to see. I tried throwing rocks toward it, sprayed with the hose, even turned the sprinklers on them, to no avail. It kept tearing apart the dove.
So, not feeding them was the only option. I keep the fountain filled with water for them, but that’s it. I refuse to provide the hawks with a smorgasbord with doves as the entree.
So anyway, I cut the tree to my height….5’3″…..more manageable, and easier to throw a net on. I also added cinnamon around the base to keep the ants away. Well this is how it looks now….(also the pic above)
Now a good friend of mine loves figs. When he discovered I had a fig tree…..he was so thrilled! I gave him about 20 figs last night, and this is what he did with them this morning:
Fig Jam!!!! Yum! Then there was a knock at my door….it was him at the door with a tub of his delicious Fig Jam! I have never had fig jam, and I tell you….it is delicious! Oh my! You can eat it with cheese, crackers, bread…just delicious!