Sunday, August 14, 2011
The First Fig
Both Oklahoma and Washington, DC are considered to be in the "humid subtropical zone," and since both areas have similar hardiness zones (our part of OK is in zone 7a; DC is in zones 7 & 8) we assumed it would be as easy to grow tall and happy fig trees here as it is there. What we didn't take into account was the ocean. DC is near a coast, and Oklahoma is land-locked, so our state does not benefit from the moderating effects of that big body of water that mitigates damage from frosts and freezes. As a result, our fig trees die back to the ground each winter.