Saving figs from theft
I thought I would post a funny post at the expense of myself and maybe in the process get some help!
It started with the outright disappearance of my prized figs. One after the next would disappear just after I would say "I'll give this one more day to get extra sweet." I'd come out in the afternoon and find a stem but no fig. Time and again it happened. One day I let the dogs out and watched as they snuck into my patch of trees and started ripping them off. I have two dogs, mom and daughter and they were tag teaming me like a pack of wolves. I would chase them from one side and while I'm chasing one out, the other would sneak in behind me and snatch another. I always hated being monkey in the middle.
As I smartened up and started guarding the figs, that's when the all day troop came in. That is...the ants! One by one I would pick those few figs that survived the dogs and as I cut them open, an entire community of those little black bugs would come pouring out of it! Needless to say I never just bite into a fig. Many a fig did the all day parade invade!
Ok I'm not done. Late in the season I thought well maybe the cold weather will finally keep the ants at bay. Moreover I figured if a bunch ripen all at once, maybe I can overwhelm them with sheer numbers. There's no way they can handle all of these figs at the same time?
I'm glad to say they couldn't and they didn't...
A classic case of too much supply and not enough demand. So that's where new demand was generated right before my salivating eyes! No not he demand of this desperately hungry grower. Nope because why would i possibly think I would get to taste the fruits of my labors. No I went to the back of the food line. Have you ever tried to take a fig from a swarm of hungry, drunken and angry wasps before? No, neither have I! As Clint Eastwood said 'a man needs to know his limitations'. I'm bigger but they're badder. So, I barely got to taste a fig last yr. For the first time my trees had plenty of fruit and thanks to global warming most of them ripened. But it was all a mirage. I was robbed by not one, not two, but three different bandits! Can I win?