raven ranson wrote:airwells are a big part of what we do. This has proven most useful with fruit trees. 48 trees out of 50 survive with a small airwell, and 1 out of 25 survived without. Planted at the same time, in the same soil, three years ago. The larger the airwell, the more the tree thrives.
Encouraging plants to capture their own dew has been the easiest way so far.
S Bengi wrote:This year I harvest my 1st bitter orange. Harvesting figs and 'orange-relative' fruit makes me feel happy.
S Bengi wrote:They die back to about 18inches (1.5 foot).
I throw a old chainlink gate over mines in the winter (1st snow). It bends the fig plant down to the dirt, others even add some leaf litter/stone/straw.
Come spring (April 15th-last frost), remove the weights and it will naturally correct its orientation in a month and then resume growth.
Some years I just let it winter prune to 18inches, other years I protect the Chicago hardy fig. But I always get to harvest and eat some fresh figs.
J Anders wrote:Why won't a full wall work at that particular location? Would a small greenhouse work? Clear plastic pipe over the trunk might make the difference? Anything you can do to make a micro climate would help.