The fig trees that were planted the previous week seem to be very happy in their new locations. This one was planted at the foot of the herb bed. Before the tree was planted, a trench was dug out in front of it and then covered over.
Our fig trees came from Italy by way of a friendly gardener. In the winter, the trees will be put to bed in their trenches and covered over with dirt and plywood to keep them warm. Being Mediterranean plants, they can't tolerate Chicago-style winters. We've been assured that this method will work.
Check back with us next spring to see how the trees do.