Thomas Jefferson was a big fan of the fig. He grew several varieties at Monticello and experimented with the viability of figs as a commercial crop in the United States. There is a marvelous stand of figs on the southwest side of Monticello's vegetable garden. I bought two Marseilles fig trees from the Monticello greenhouse last summer. They did well all year and in the fall I built a small fence around each and filled it with cedar chips. They're just a little larger than Diana's "stick". I've placed them against the southern facing brick wall of our home. I'm hoping the house will protect them and that I can keep them pruned within the confines of the eaves. If I never get a single fig, their foliage alone earns them a place in my garden.
Hi, thanks for the historical info. I didn't know Jefferson was a fig fan too. I wasn't sure where Monticello was and looked it up. Here is the link if anyone else is interested: http://www.monticello.org/visit/directions.html Monticello is in Charlottesville, VA.