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Fighting the Birds for Those Delicious Figs

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    Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Figs have been cultivated for over 12,000 years, probably originating in the Middle East -- at least archeological remnants of figs almost that old been found in what is today Jordan.

There are over 1000 different species of figs, Ficus, --from the fig vine that grows on brick walls, to the ubiquitous indoor house plant, and of course, the delicious fruit that grew in everyone’s grandmother’s back yard.

The fruit she used to make those delicious fig preserves that turned homemade biscuits into food fit for the gods. Right now my fig tree is in full production, and it is a daily fight between me and the birds to get the fruits that ripened overnight. If only they would dine on the top of the tree that is far over my head and leave the low hanging figs for me.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.