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It’s time to write about fig trees

Over the years, I have learned that when the Universe drops a tidbit of information at your feet, it is best to pay attention before you file it away in your brain. If a second piece of data turns up, begin to suspect that you have received it for a reason. Inevitably, the Universe will rap you on the forehead with a third tip before many weeks have passed.

In 2017, I wrote about wanting a fig tree. This year, I got one.

Two weeks ago, Lisa Deaton, Area Forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry, sent me a link to the University of Maryland Extension Weekly Report for Nov.24, 2020, which contains an article on pruning fig trees.

Last week, I received a phone call from a Gloucester resident named Lillian, who asked me about the right time to prune fig trees. Her call was the rap on my forehead. It’s time to write about fig trees again.

My childhood memory of fig trees is that everyone seemed to have one, and nobody paid much attention to them. Some fig trees grew so ...

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