We have had a great fig year this year and are going to have a great one if we can keep these birds from eating everything, because we've had a wet spring. And of course be sure to keep the water going because the little figs will dry up if they don't have plenty of moisture. But we have to keep these birds from eating the figs, as you can see they're just pecking holes in them, coming and going.
You can use bird netting which is available at some of the local nurseries but the problem with that is if they get on the netting and get at the figs that they can reach through the netting, they'll peck them. You might want to use some of this Grow-Web or grow cloth, or some of those types of products to weave together or fasten two together and use those because birds can't peck through those as well as they can the bird netting.
The important thing is you've got to have good recipes as to what to do with all those figs once you get them ripened. Of course, I've got those available to you on the KENS webpage, all you've got to do is dial up www.kens-tv.com scroll down to the bottom of the page and there is Parsons recipes and you can get some of the new updated fig recipes. Or, if you are not on the Internet, send me a self addressed stamped envelope to the Weekend Gardener P.O. Box TV5 San Antonio, TX 78299 and we will get you one of those in the mail, so you can have some good fig eating and hopefully the birds won't get everything.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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