Title: Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t
Author: Steven Biggs
Strong points: This little book is fun, funky, and yet very comprehensive in providing essential information.
It does just what it says it will — help you grow figs in cold climates, outside the normal growing range for figs. (The author is from Toronto.)
2012 Silver Award of Achievement, Garden Writers Association.
Weaknesses: With all the information packed into this book, there is little space left on each page; so little that the margins are very slim. This makes it a bit difficult to read at times, but it’s a minor quibble considering all the wonderful information filling up the space.
Green thumbs rating:
A very handy book that is definitely a fun read! It will have you inspired to grow figs in cold climates in no time. All the basics you need to be successful are here — a great explanation of the unique growth habits of figs; appropriate varieties; soil, water and fertilizer needs. From pests to picking, there is even a section on propagation (which is said to be quite easy). You’ll also find plenty of helpful hints on how to easily overwinter your plants. Not too long ago, I realized that the insulated but cool tack room of my barn is the perfect overwintering room. (We already use it as a root cellar for our vegetable crops.) More recently, I was given several perfectly-sized large pots by a landscape architect friend of mine. Now all I need are the plants. Let the fig pig-out begin!
ISBN: 978–0-9868144–1-9 (trade paperback)
# of pages: 60
Appendix: No, but several websites with further information are mentioned throughout the book.
Publisher: No Guff Press. www.NoGuffPress.com
Publication Date: 2012
Price: CDN$19.95 (Canadian dollars)