|Late summer fig harvest from an improbable source|
I didn't think this fig tree was ever going to make figs. It grows in the shade of the biggest oak on our property, clinging to a rocky slope. Earlier in the summer I realized that it was making little fruits so I moved the washing machine drain line over to it and I've watered it all summer with the greywater. I don't know what kind of figs they are but I'm guessing they are not Texas green figs because those are much larger. I've harvested maybe three handfuls of little fruits off of it this summer and I'm hoping for a couple more.
This tree may never be a big producer but it has inspired a much bigger idea. Why not use that washing machine greywater to water several fruit trees? In a few years we can be eating fruit grown with a valuable household byproduct that typically goes to waste. Win win! I've been researching which types of fruits and which varieties grow well in our local climate and soils. I'm thinking about plums and pears, and maybe a loquat or a persimmon. I will happily take advice because I've never raised fruit trees before! Lay it on me if you have any thoughts or ideas.