Saturday, April 13, 2019

Christo I'm not

But I did wrap the fig tree. Because we're under the threat of a freeze this weekend, I decided to try to protect our fragile fig by wrapping it in gardener's fabric. This is the third time I have used the fabric on the fig, but it's the first time that I built a "cage" with wooden stakes to hold it. The tree was much easier to wrap this time.

The fabric is wrapped around stakes that I pounded into the ground, then "secured" across the top and side with clothespins.

We've had this fig tree for a long time, since 2006 I think. The winter of 2012 was especially cold and the tree froze all the way to the ground. I thought it had died, but it put up new stems the following spring. So six years of growth was gone, reset to zero. Two years ago this month we had an unexpected freeze. I had taken the fabric off the tree too early. The young leaves on the fig all shriveled and died and, while the tree eventually put out some leaves, there was no fruit. Last year I think there were three, maybe four, figs.

So, with this weekend's predicted freeze, I wrapped the fig tree again. So far, the temperature hasn't reached freezing. But Sunday morning is supposed to be the coldest. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

And, speaking of Christo, I heard on television that his next project is to wrap the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. I hope he has enough clothespins.


  1. It's magnificent. Cristo you are! Hope it works. This reminds me of the olive trees I used to see in neighbors' gardens in Brooklyn.

  2. Better than a smudge pot, I'd say.

  3. Maybe you can start a program for people to send in clothespins to help?

  4. That should work. Good luck.

  5. I hope this boosts your morale and inspiration to wrap things: when I first saw this I thought "Oh! Cristo!" so you are doing good !

  6. This should be a good preventative protection for Mr. Fig. You're a good tree dad.
    We're getting down to 35° F Sunday... it was down to 62° in the house this morning, so I had to turn the heat back on.

  7. Your fig will be happy this time around. I hope it gives you a good reward for you efforts.

  8. Christo's already wrapped the Pont Neuf, sometime back. I'll save extra clothespins, just in case. Hope you get lot of figs this year.

  9. mitch, it gets a lot colder in Brooklyn than it does here!

    sheila, as long as it works!

    sillygirl, good idea!

    chris, thanks!

    michael, I can hardly wrap a present...

    judy, our heat still comes on every morning. Brrrr.

    evelyn, I hope so, too!

    emm, thanks! Me too.

  10. You will be thanked, I hope, with delicious figs, Walt! Christo's project will be wrapped in polyethelene and tied with red cording. I think you have done a great job with the stakes and clothespins!


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