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Seasonal observations of the UCCE Master Gardeners
by Howard Fitzpatrick
on September 10, 2022 at 12:22 PM
We used to enjoy the figs from a tree in our back yard with the occasional surprise when picking a beauty to discover that a bird got there first on the back side. Once the invasive pest red squirrels appeared about 25 years ago, no more figs. They happily eat the figs green.
by Melissa Sandoval
on October 3, 2022 at 3:42 PM
I have long been a picker of wild figs. However all are not worth picking. One year my husband found a huge wild fig in the early summer and took me back to it at prime fig picking time. We followed several country roads, parked our car and hiked down the railroad tracks. My mouth was all set for delicious figs. When we got to the tree, not a fig was to be seen. Not one in any stag. And no downed ones either. After a bit of research I decided this wild fig was seeding that didn't come with a fruit/flower. So sad.  
Thanks for your article, Kathy. I did not realize how damaging the wild ones were to our California wild lands.
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