Spring is starting to show in the garden. The fig tree is lighting the way with its buds being the fattest of all the trees. Looks like a candle doesn’t it? All the other fruit trees have buds swelling as we move through the calendar toward mid February when more blossoms should pop. The days are becoming longer and the chance of frost is decreasing. In fact, the last day of frost in Bakersfield, California is somewhere around March 3. Victory Seeds has a nifty list of cities and average frost dates. That gives Farmer MacGregor time to dormant spray at least one more time…two if it doesn’t heat up so fast.
PS…The fig tree is a volunteer that I don’t have the heart to dispose of. It probably came compliments of a bird visiting my neighbor’s tree. I have no idea what variety it is and would like to see if I can get any fruit from it. It’s in a pot with ivy. I considered pruning it espalier but think I’ll just let it grow with light pruning.