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Book review: Grow Figs Where You Think You Can't

Grow Figs Where You Think You Can't
By Steven Biggs

Each year, as I plan my edible garden, I like to try a couple of new things. That's how I discovered tomatillos a few years ago. Now they're a staple. Figs, however, were a fruit that I never even contemplated planting. That is, until I saw a sign in a yard near my house that read “Fig Trees for Sale” and learned around the same time that Steven Biggs (a garden-writing colleague) had written a book about them. Grow Figs Where You Think You Can’t is a pleasant surprise for fig lovers who associate the fruit with the sunny Mediterranean. According to Biggs, growing figs requires no more care than a potted houseplant and his book aptly dispels the notion you need to live in the tropics or have a fancy greenhouse to harvest a crop of juicy figs. Furthermore, most people think you need to bury your fig trees over the winter. But since they go dormant, a cool room will do as a winter hotel.

What makes this book unique

A self-described fig pig, a moniker borrowed from British garden writer Christopher Lloyd, Biggs uses the same approachable tone that made No-Guff Vegetable Gardening so accessible to any level of gardener. Steven tackles his subject with infectious passion and humour, using photos and drawings to illustrate certain growing and plant care instructions. I look forward to applying my new-found knowledge to my first fig plant.

Price: $19.95
Publisher: No Guff Press


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