Figs are like a fruit holiday. They have two short seasons each year. Figs are a little sensitive to cold weather, and therefore not very available in many parts of the world. Including my part of the world, much to my dismay. So what’s a fig lover to do? Grow them, of course!
Each week when I do my grocery shopping, I allow myself a single impulse item. I usually choose something small and immediately edible, like a chocolate square. But one sunny April afternoon, our local grocery store put out a cart full of very young fruit trees. I saw this little pomegranate tree (a leafy stick covered in aphids), and I was in love. Despite the looks of this tiny tree, I believed in its potential. Ten dollars is more than I would usually pay for an impulse item, but I justified the cost with dreamy imagery of my future self picking home-grown pomegranates by the bushel. Of course, there were a few potential complications. Minor things, like the fact that I live in an apartment, I don’t have a yard, and one day I may have to move cross-country to an agricultural zone too cold for fresh pomegranates. Details, details! Screw it, I put the tree in my shopping cart anyway.
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