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"The process of photosynthesis is like a fine, critical thread that invisibly suspends all our food and the dining experience before us". Lloyd Godman 2005


St Andrews Garden, Victoria Australia

Fig Trees

there are three Fig trees in the St Andrews Orchard - 2 were planted in the winter of 2005 - the other in the winter of 2006


Fig Tree brown turkey Planted winter 2005

Photograph - Nov - 2007



Establishing the tree is one thing, protecting it against wildlife is quite another - the tree is surrounded by wire netting supported by star pickets to stop attack from wallabies who eat the leaves. The netting runs to the ground to stop rabbits who might ring bark the tree.


When in fruit it is also covered with netting to prevent opossums and parrots who eat the fruit. The Star pickets also prevent large Kangaroos who frequent the orchard from bashing into the tree and breaking it down.

This tree was completely eaten down by Wombats in Feb 2005

Nov 2012 - These early season ("breba") figs are beginning to ripen - they form on the old wood - prized because there are only a few of them.

The second heavier crop is just forming above the leaf steams on the new seasons growth, the green wood and will be ripe March April.