Summer is slowly winding down at Pop! Farm, which means we say goodbye to our sunflowers, fresh tomatoes, and fragrant basil. It's been a great summer for many gardeners, but cooler weather doesn't mean you have to stop growing! It's a great time to plant greens like kale, lettuce, and spinach, and if you keep an eye out, our Negronne fig tree should have figs ready for harvest some time later this month or in October!
The fig tree is planted close to where Pop! Farm meets Pop! Field, at the western edge of the garden. We got the fig tree this year for free from TreeBaltimore's Fruit Tree Fair in Druid Hill Park in April - an amazing event that everyone should look out for next year. The tree has doubled or tripled in size since we planted it, and it should come back even stronger next year!
This type of hardy fig was grown by King Louis XIV at Versailles, and it should provide not one but two harvests each year. The first group of fruit will be on the old wood from previous years' growth, and the second harvest will come from that year's new growth. As with all of the fruit trees at Pop! Farm, the fruit will be for anyone and everyone to share!