Monday, May 19, 2014

Got Figs!


 Yes, I got my fig trees from Lowe's, hardy Chicago variety. Good to -20 and they don't need a separate pollinator. I also got these lime green buckets to grow them in,  $7 from Wal-Mart. Everything in my garden lives in a container, with the exception of the pear trees.
I am so tickled to have figs growing here, and then I thought....will they fruit before I die? What a weird thought! But seriously. I am 66, and it dawned on me that I will not live forever, altho I do feel like I am only 17.
O well. I guess when you are a gardener, you believe in tomorrow.
 It has been raining for days, and that makes me so happy. The fog on the ridge behind us hides the trees, and changes the landscape. The temps have been lowish but not scary, no frost worries at all. And the plants are thriving. 
 The peppers have blossoms on them an the beets are almost at the thinning stage. I will add the thinned out stems to a salad.

 The squash and green beans are going nuts, much to my delight. Little teeny squash and cucumbers are appearing along the stems. You have to look very carefully. Not a bug in site, and no weeds at all. Best of all, no bending over.

Yesterday we bought five butterfly koi from W-Mart and here are two, swimming alongside one of our goldfish. Here's what they will grow into:

 
 Juliet cherry tomatoes and Mortgage Lifter have fruited.
I've put some flowers in the tubs with the cantaloupe plants, to make them look more than just a bin of dirt.

 Along with the store bought plants I also seeded cilantro, parsley and chives, and they are all coming up, in abundance. My patience has paid off. I have one small pot of Hot and Spicy oregano to add to this herb garden.

 Daylilies, Stella D'Oro, are blooming, and in the tub, the dahlias are huge, as well as the rutabaga. I planted Stargazer bulbs and 8 of them have shown up, some too close to the rutabaga plants, so I seeded more rutabagas and they sprouted almost overnight. The rain certainly helped.

Abundance! The basil is being overtaken, and perhaps I will move some of them to a sunnier locale. Or not. I have LOTS of basil plants and many more seedlings to find homes for.

All my rootless transplanted hosta have taken hold, even in the sun and are none the worse for wear. Sigh...so happy.

15 comments:

  1. Incredible! Instant garden... it all looks so lush!

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  2. I can't believe how fast your garden is filling in! It has been cold here the last 3 or 4 nights - I am talking about being in the 30's and low 40's so I think it is slowing things down here in northeast Ohio. My zinnias don't even have their second leaves yet after two weeks. It will be fun to watch the koi grown!

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  3. I'm so jealous of your beautiful garden!

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  4. Figs grow here in Las Vegas, too, and our soil is so bad that when you want to plant anything the gardeners have to use a pick-ax. They seem to thrive when planted in the awful ground, though! Your garden is amazing!

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  5. Figs thrive with their roots constrained, and they will soon provide wondrous shade for your fish.

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  6. Wow, your garden is sky-rocketing! So much hard work, but now you have so much to enjoy, and I'm thinking maintenance will be really easy with the raised containers.

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  7. Thanks so much for the garden eye candy!!! I have been dying to see what was happening!!! Thanks for the awesome post!!!

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  8. Anonymous2:35 PM

    Love your blog. Why do you put most everything into containers? I understand the no bending, but not the plants that grow year after year. Also, I am amazed at how much you get done in a day ... superwoman. Arlene

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  9. I hope I haven't bothered you with this comment before, but I had a planter of herbs and flowers here in CA... the rosemary took over the whole planter and killed off everything except a cushion flowering something. If I did it again, I'd plant the little rosemary in a pot of it's own. (Superstitions say by the back gate is good luck.) Looks like you are having lots of good luck with your container gardens. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Hugs

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  10. You have got more than FIGS, you have a whole meal...... great pay off of all that work.

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  11. I can't believe how FAST all your 'gardens' have grown!!!!! Guess they are very happy!!!! As are you and hubby!!!

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  12. Figs are remarkable trees. I have one here I California. I don't know what variety but it has green figs. When it was young the neighborhood kids broke half of it off. We left the other half still growing and it's been doing well ever since. It fruits twice a year. I really don't know what to do with all that fruit. Nice garden.

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  13. Figs are remarkable trees. I have one here I California. I don't know what variety but it has green figs. When it was young the neighborhood kids broke half of it off. We left the other half still growing and it's been doing well ever since. It fruits twice a year. I really don't know what to do with all that fruit. Nice garden.

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  14. I love your new easy work garden. You will need to bury the fish pond at some point. It will either get too hot in summer or if it freezes in winter (does it freeze where you are?) the fish will die. A general rule is with at least two foot below ground level, there will be unfrozen water for them to survive. I don't know how you will protect them from the heat. Polystyrene? There must be some way to install it without it being ugly.

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  15. I LOVE your garden beds!! Those tins make everything *cough weeds cough* look a whole lot easier to maintain!!

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