The inventiveness of Seattle gardeners never ceases to amaze me. Out of space in your garden but craving fresh, home-grown figs? Colonize the parking strip and plant them on an espalier, as this gardener has done.
Ficus carica, the common fig, is native to the Mediterranean and grows in Zones 6-9. Its fruit matures to green, brown, or black depending on the variety. Raccoons love them, so I’m not sure how to protect the ripened fruit from them and other marauders. Maybe cheesecloth?
The espalier is an old technique for growing trees and other plants in narrow spaces and can be either free-standing or against a wall. Here is a link to information about how to make an espalier structure and also a list of which trees and other plants might benefit from using this method. This shot shows the fairly simple hardware used to anchor the wire to the support posts.
Simple C-shaped heavy-gauge wire hooks help train the branches to the desired shape.
Oh man, now I want a fig tree… maybe I could shoe-horn one in on an espalier somewhere, on the south-facing wall of our house?? That fruit looks just too good to me.