Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

Today's Tip: Mow vegetation short around the base of fruit trees and bushes to reduce winter habitat for rodents.

Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t — Book Review

Book Review


Can I grow figs here in the "north country?" This book has me convinced; Check back to see how it goes!

Can I grow figs here in the “north coun­try?” This book has me con­vinced; check back to see how it goes!

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:

Book 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
Pho­tos: Yes
Illus­tra­tions: Yes
Appen­dix: No, but sev­eral web­sites with fur­ther infor­ma­tion are men­tioned through­out the book.
Index: Yes
Pub­lisher: No Guff Press.
Pub­li­ca­tion Date: 2012
Price: CDN$19.95 (Cana­dian dollars)