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August - Figs in Andalucia

By Nick Nutter | 8 Jul 2019
White Figs

Once again we were treated to a last blast of heat as the summer supposedly comes to an end, though I do not think it was as bad as last year. The fig trees I planted last spring are fruiting for the first time. The ripe fruits are highly valued by many birds, parrots, blackbirds, tits, as well as ants because they are packed full of sugar. It is a daily job picking fruit as it becomes ripe to beat the birds and ants to the bounty.

I planted two figs, a black fig that appears to be the more vigorous of the two and a white. Both will need pruning this autumn to keep them under control. The flavour of the white fig is more subtle than that of the black.

I am already thinking ahead to the autumn planting season, clearing and tidying rows as they become available. Dig in as much well rotted garden compost as you can at the same time. Fresh manure should be going on the compost heap at this time of year to rot down. We will not be planting anything that appreciates fresh manure until next spring. I intend to plant brassicas, cauliflower, cabbage, brocolli and romanesco. They will do best in ground that has grown peas or beans earlier in the year. They like the nitrogen that those plants introduce to the ground.

I will also be putting in plenty of onions and leeks. This year I am trying some white onion sets that came from Morrisons in Gibraltar as well as white onion plants from the plant supplier. Let’s see which do best. Onions like a well drained soil with plenty of garden compost added.

One of the problems with being able to plant or sow as soon as a previous crop is over, unlike the UK where you tend to get one crop per year with some intercropping if you are lucky, is that it is difficult to break the planting area into three distinct zones for crop rotation so each row here has to be treated as a zone and prepared for the next crop. Next month I will produce a list of all the veg I grow through the year and where it fits into a rotation plan

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