That's right! Figs! On the edge of their hardiness zones.
Lots of them, too. I didn't count them but I think there are about 56 figs out there. Because maybe I did count them!
The big question is whether or not the figs will ripen before the first frost, which on average is around October 11th. But we've had frost as early as September 23rd and as late as November 10th.
The answer will come in a few months, perhaps sooner!
This is the first season since I planted the figs a few falls ago that I've actually had figs. The figs pictured are on the variety 'Chicago Hardy'.
I also have figs on another variety, 'Brown Turkey'.
And with 56 figs, or thereabouts, even if the squirrels or chipmunks or raccoons eat a few, there will surely be a some left for me. But wait a minutes. Figs aren't from around here. Will those squirrels or chipmunks or raccoons even know what they are and know to eat them?
I'm hoping they don't know a thing about figs, but I might net these just in case.
"Fig Watch 2018" also includes watching some pawpaws ripen.
I know from experience that raccoons know exactly what pawpaws are and how to steal them and eat them. I will be figuring out some way, some how, to keep them from getting these five pawpaws, to avoid the tragedy of them swiping all of last year's pawpaw crop.
Stay tuned for the first fig tasting and the first pawpaw tasting here at May Dreams Gardens!