Hello neighbors! I’m located in the northern part of Montgomery County, MD a few miles west of Germantown. I focus heavily on figs but also grow apples, european pears, asian pears, persimmons (asian, hybrid, native), pawpaws, jujubes, blueberries, elderberries, aronia berries, blackberries, raspberries, hardy kiwis, goumi berries, gooseberries, and probably a couple I can’t remember.
I’m in zone 7a and grow most of my figs in the ground. They have really gotten large after the past two mild winters. However, I am anticipating significant die-back from this winter.
I finally decided to cull several of my apple varieties and switch to the most disease resistant varieties available (e.g. Empire, Enterprise, LIberty). I never get around to spraying very much and have never had a decent crop. I’m hoping by switching varieties and spraying more I might have some success. I should spend less time on the fig forum and more time on this one so I can learn more, haha.
The cicadas did a number on many species of my fruit trees last year so 2022 will be a re-building year to some extent.