Hauled home 4 buckets of clay (thank you T.) this afternoon. It was enough to finish the lower insulation layer on the oven. Weather permitting I should be able to start of the body of the oven next weekend.

I am really noticing a difference in comfort levels when mixing the mud with my bare feet in July as compared with Nov. My tootsies were pretty numb by the time I got done. brrrr

I planted a couple of small fig trees in the ground on the south side of the house this spring. Since the figs still in the containers have started dropping leaves I decided to check on the in ground figs today. I actually found a ripe fig on one. A ripe fig in Ky on Nov 1. That has to be a record for me. Once the inground trees go dormant I will build a little cage (they are only about 18″ tall) of chicken wire and fill it with leaves to help insulate them for the winter. I’ve never tried overwintering them outside before so I am not sure it will work.

5 thoughts on “Progress”

  1. I’d love to hear how your figs do with protection. I’m in the same zone as you, in So. Indiana, and mine die back to the ground without protection. I’m still getting ripe fruit from my Hardy Chicago and Brown Turkey plants which are over 5 ft tall now after 3 years.

  2. What type of figs do you have? How old when you planted + did they bear fruit first season? Thanks!

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