Books by Lee Reich:

Growing Figs in Cold Climates

(2021, New Society Publishers)

Growing Figs in Cold Climates is a complete, full-color, illustrated guide to organic methods for growing delicious figs in cold climates. Here are five methods, some pruning techniques, and suitable varieties for making this possible across cool and cold growing zones of North America, Europe, and beyond. Also some ideas for small-scale, commercial fig production in cold climates.

A fresh fig is a soft and juicy fruit, with a honey-sweet, rich flavor. And very perishable, so is picked underripe commercially, which is why fresh figs from the market never develop full flavor. If you already grow figs, this book will help you grow better or more figs, or be able to manage them more easily. If you haven’t yet experienced the rewards of growing figs, you have a treat in store for you. Easy and delicious!

Softcover, 115 pages. - 24.99

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There is an additional charge for shipping: $3.00 for the first book, plus $1 for each additional book. Buyers in New York State must also pay sales tax. These charges will be added during checkout.

For international orders, please contact me for shipping information.


  1. Tyren
    Posted October 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm | Permalink


    I am interested in purchasing the books Growing Figs In Cold Climates and The Pruning Book and was wondering about shipping to Canada (Southern Alberta). Secondly I was wondering, since I am fairly new to gardening, if you have any recommendations on a good book on plant diseases as well as any other useful books. Lastly have any of your opinions changed since writing Weedless Garden or have they largely stayed the same?

    Thank you in advance for your time.

    • Posted October 20, 2021 at 7:48 am | Permalink

      In answer to your first question, it is prohibitively expensive for me to ship to Canada.
      Book recommendations: For pest problems, “Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener”
      Changes in Weedless Gardening: Over the years, I’ve continued the basics, with a few tweaks. For instance, I now do tarping and I will occasionally use an organic herbicide for large areas. I haven’t re-read my vegetable section but I’m sure I grow some of those a bit differently than 20 years ago. But basically, the basic principles and practices are sound, and work well.

      • Tyren
        Posted November 16, 2021 at 11:24 am | Permalink

        Thanks for the reply.

        If I understand correctly, tarping would be putting a tarp over a garden bed over winter and removing it when you plant. What would the negatives be of this practice?

        I thoroughly enjoyed the book Growing Figs In Cold Climates. I am thinking of getting a fig but not sure how I feel about ordering a plant over the Internet (since they don’t seem to be available locally).
        I have not bought a plant online before, if you have, do you have any advice on things I should ask/look out for?

        Lastly, in your opinion, are the symptoms of fig mosaic virus quite distinct or can other things (like nutritional deficiencies, ect) be confused for it?

        • Posted November 16, 2021 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

          Many reputable nurseries sell over the internet. For figs, one that I would heartily recommend is Raintree, who advertises on my blog page. Fig mosaic looks different from nutritional disorders; it also causes plants little harm.

  2. Mitch Hunter
    Posted November 21, 2021 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lee, what zones does this cover? What are my options in southeast Minnesota, zone 4b?


    • Posted November 22, 2021 at 5:15 am | Permalink

      Yes, it applies to zone 4b also. I’m in zone 5 and I used to grow figs in Madison, WI, where winter lows reached -25.

      • Mitch Hunter
        Posted November 29, 2021 at 1:03 pm | Permalink


  3. Johanna Garrison
    Posted February 4, 2022 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Hi Lee,
    I really enjoyed listening to you and Joe talk figs on his 2/3/22 podcast, thank you. Talk about great timing… I was apologizing to Ziggy, my fig tree, last night because he’s started budding, oh dear. We don’t have a cool room – our basement is heated as well and he’s been sitting near a window. I should probably move him to a dark area to stunt growth? I give him a weekly drink, but not too much. I wasn’t going to overthink it; Ziggy’s a recent gift from friends so I was going to repot him in April/May and set him outside in a sunny spot, maybe with a little fish emulsion. I’m assuming his present condition will impede thriving later in the year?

    I’m in Saratoga Springs, just up the road. My husband is a New Paltz alumnus and we visit that area often. I wonder if you know artist Mike Dubois in Woodstock – he’s a good friend.

    Your farmden is absolutely beautiful! Wishing you a fulfilling, joyful year.

    Kind regards,
    Johanna Garrison

    • Posted February 9, 2022 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Ziggy needs all the light he can get and as cool a location as possible, with just enough water to keep from wilting or drying out. No fertilizer! You might want to repot him now. Cutting back some roots might convince him to prolong his sleep.

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