I want to talk to you today about this fig tree, but first, you have to promise me something. Don’t go tell my friend Tommy that I told you what he told me.
Tommy’s Fig Tree Secrets
When I was down at Alderman Farm’s doing my permaculture design, I saw this humongous fig tree outside the back of their home. It was easy 30 feet wide and maybe 15 feet tall, and I asked them, “What did you do?” And he said they really don’t do anything but maybe there were two secrets.
Secret #1 (you did promise not to tell him I told you this) He said that Patti put some manure on it every year right out of their barn.
Secret #2 One day, he went to do some repairs under their house and found that a water line had developed a small leak, and he could see the fig tree’s roots going all the way under the house. And it was supplying it with a nice steady flow of water. He said, if he had guessed anything, one of those two or the combination thereof caused his fig tree to grow so big.
Where to put our Fig tree
So I said what the heck! I’m willing to try it and I’ve got this little cesspool of a pond. What this is, is inside of our little chicken run or coop where we actually pen up the chickens overnight, there’s a little watering trough that I made a video on a while back on how I built it, and it overflows into this little pond, which we keep open during the day, so the chickens can go out and the ducks can come in. The ducks wallow in it and whatnot and it gets really mucky.
Sometimes in a good rain it overflows, but we thought we could maybe emulate the Alderman’s and put the fig tree here with the constant nutrition from the birds and the constant water from the water that we drip in the coop. Maybe we could emulate what the Alderman’s were seeing at their farm.
So, here we are. It is late August which is late summer in my zone, and I’m seeing brand new growth on this fig tree. I’ve never grown a fig before, but I can’t think of many trees around here where I see brand new growth on a tree that would typically have flowered and fruited a long time ago.
Brand new growth!
What do you think?
So, I’m wondering what you think. Do you think that there’s something about this system that is already starting to work?
Do you think that maybe this is simply because it’s a new tree? I just bought it from the nursery this spring. Maybe it’s just now starting to spread out its roots, because it was just planted about two months ago?
Or what other situation could have caused this? Maybe you’re going to smile at me and say, “Jared, it’s a fig tree”, or “all trees do that, you’re crazy, pay a little closer attention.” I don’t know. But this is what I call positive reinforcement, so I’m excited to see it.
Have you emulated someone else?
Is there anything that you’ve done in the past because you saw it worked so well at someone else’s property and decided to try it yourself?
It’s a SECRET!
But whatever you do, don’t tell Tommy I told you.
Or Patti. Don’t tell her either.
See you all next time.