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Hooray! First ripe Figs for this season. Just picked this morning.

It's a White Adriatic - turns out to be green-skinned ;-) and with a whole 12 fruit on, the best it's done so far.

Last year I made the mistake of putting some 'tree paste' on it - bought that 'tree paste' from Green Harvest. Said to be similar to the Biodynamic tree paste. It's not. All it did was make the plants grow the biggest and best they've ever been but no fruit to speak of.

Early this year I bought some genuine Biodnyamic Tree Paste from a farm around Bellingen. A whole 5kgs which I have used as general fertiliser as well as tree paste. Anyway, it did the trick and we have fruit this year.

The fruit is small when green - maybe 1-2 inches in diameter. Overnight they swell up to at least twice the size and become soft. That's when you pick them. Now they've started to ripen I imagine that I'll pick one/some each day.

The plant grows in a 200 litre wicking bin (the like of which I cannot now buy :-() and is heavily pruned each year.

Doesn't look all that ripe, does it? We're used to seeing Figs much darker than that inside. It did have a fine flavour and was as sweet as … Looks are not everything! Not big but quality over quantity ;-)

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 28, 2013 at 21:44

With ONE Fig, Andy? :-O

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on December 28, 2013 at 20:52

And you didn't phone to get me to come over with some blue?  Shame on you ladies!

Comment by Valerie on December 28, 2013 at 20:41

Beautiful with goats cheese, Serano and Vina Cotta. 

My friend used to trim his to the stump every winter and every year if would grow back to take over the entire tiny garden and feed the whole neighbourhood.

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

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