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The Making of a Fig Pig

When Steven Biggs and his wife Shelley bought their first house, he was excited to have a garden in which he could finally grow figs. The house was a small, 1950s bungalow—and, with a small second washroom in the basement, it was a big step up in the world for a couple that had, until then, shared a single washroom.

ANYONE who has lived in an older home knows they come with surprises. The surprise for Biggs and his wife came the first autumn, when they realized the cold basement washroom had no heating. Sitting/standing in that dark, frigid little room one morning, Biggs realized that it didn’t have to be a washroom over the winter. “What on earth are you talking about?” groaned Shelley, as he explained that the second washroom would be a storage area for his fig trees over the winter.

So they went back to life with a single, shared washroom.

Garden Writer and Journalist

Biggs is an award-winning journalist and author specializing in gardening, farming, and food production. As a life-long gardener, he has gardened wherever he’s lived—creating allotment gardens, container gardens, indoor gardens, and gardens in the overgrown backyards of rental houses.

Along with studying horticultural science at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) he has worked in greenhouse and nursery production, plant propagation, biological controls, horticultural supplies, and farm marketing. In the garden, he favours a practical, no-nonsense—and fun—approach to things. His book No Guff Vegetable Gardening, co-authored with Donna Balzer, is a Canadian bestseller.

Biggs lives with his family (and a couple dozen fig trees) in Toronto, Canada.

Read more of Biggs' work on his website