Saturday, September 23, 2023

GardenDC Podcast Episode 166: Figs

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we chat with Jon Traunfeld, Program Director of the UMD Home & Garden Information Center, all about growing figs. The plant profile is on Cleome and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out Dr. Allan Armitage**, who returns to share the Last Word on Critters.

**Dr. Allan Armitage is offering GardenDC listeners a discount for free domestic shipping when ordering his books through June 2024 at, simply enter the code LASTWORD at checkout.

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:

~ GardenDC Episode 22: Fruit Trees, Crape Myrtle, and Low-Maintenance Lawn Alternatives

~ GardenDC Episode 25: Growing Paw Paws

~ GardenDC Episode 82: Persimmons

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Show Notes: 01:18 Welcome Jon Traunfeld, Program Director of the UMD Home and Garden Information Center 01:56 Were you born with chlorophyll in your veins and a green thumb? 03:07 Traunfeld’s education background 03:48 Traunfeld’s life and career 05:56 The relationship between USDA to the extension and the agricultural based colleges like University of Maryland 07:16 What is the Master Gardener program? 09:27 What is in Traunfeld’s personal garden like… 10:17 Traunfeld’s Fig tree 12:00 Confirming Fig Varieties 12:54 Fig Propagation 13:53 What is the best time of year to take cuttings? 14:35 What is the best length to cut at? 15:51 Other ways you might inherit a Fig Tree 17:06 Average price of a fig tree 18:10 What's fabulous about figs? 19:34 Figs can be grown in containers and barrels 21:16 Planting Fig trees 24:28 Weather for fig trees 27:11 What winter care do Fig trees need? 28:21 Traunfeld whacked his tree back! 30:36 Best advice for pruning figs 32:58 You only need one fig 34:08 Certain figs need a specialized wasp to pollinate them 34:49 Finding Figs in grocery stores 35:08 How to tell a fig is ripe 37:10 Ways to enjoy Figs 39:28 Traunfeld describes the flavor of Fig 41:00 How to deal with Wasp and Hornets that love ripening fruit 43:33 Best Fig varieties for our region 45:01 Should Little Miss Figgy be fertilized? 46:38 Traunfeld gives his best fig growing advice 47:27 Want to contact Traunfeld? 49:12 Want to start a podcast with Spotify? Learn more from Kathy Jentz 50:31 Plant Profile: Cleome Hassleriana 52:10 What's new in the garden this week: Milkweed pods have burst open! 52:48 Upcoming Events in the Washington DC region 54:53 The Urban Gardener by Kathy Jentz and Teri Speight 55:58 Groundcover Revolution by Kathy Jentz 57:19 The Last Word on Critters with Dr. Allan Armitage

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Interview Edit and Show Notes: Christine Folivi


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