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Subject: Green House Figs Replies: 9
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 921
 
Would you like some elephant poo to fertilize your figs? haha. I bet they could come up with some real exotic fertilizers!

Subject: The Hardiness Challenge Replies: 59
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 11,237
 
wahhh wahh Jon... it sucks to be you, growing bananas and figs in the ground all year. haha. If only I had your climate!

Subject: Past Season (Fond Memories) Replies: 3
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 505
 
Hey Martin,
Who's the young man with the big fig tree? Your son? Get the whole family involved!

-Little John


Subject: Bring in House or Leave in Cellar? Replies: 2
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 555
 
Hey Eve,

I have rooted plants that were cuttings this spring that are doing the same thing. I seem to remember Jon mentioning on this site somewhere that its normal for 1st year plants to  occasionally hang onto their leaves for dear life. My greenhouse seems to be hovering around 35 to 40F and those little trees still have leaves but no new growth. I have a couple inside and they're doing fine. If they get a little leggy I'll pinch them but so far no sign of that being necessary. I'd say that you should bring your plants inside and put them in a south facing window so that they can get as much sun as possible. Next year they will sleep.

Good luck,
Little John


Subject: What to do? Replies: 8
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 708
 
I just sent a package to upstate NY and one is coming to me in Wis. in trade. I'm not worried about cold. My green house is hovering around 35F and my trees are ready for anything.... except a trip to Nome, AK. haha.  As long as there are no leaves I say go for it.

-Little John


Subject: I got cuttings! Replies: 19
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 1,103
 
Its understandable to have hope. Even when experience tells you something different. My point is, sounds like your human.

Subject: Fig trees in Maryland? Replies: 2
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 1,203
 
You might look for Gene. I think his website is "East Coast Figs" just google him. Maybe you can visit.

-Little John


Subject: The joy of having a greenhouse Replies: 28
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 2,643
 
I'm thinking that a fig would survive in that gap. The patio enclosure usually has firewood stacked up against the inner wall. But that begins in the fall so the fig would get sun from east through the glass enclosure for most of the year. Then it would get over head sun and some light from the west through the green house. I think I'll wait until I get a fig thats a few years old and then I'll put it out there. Maybe a hardy chicago or other variety that I come across that shows potential. I don't have a marsilles vs but that might be an option as well. I think I'd probably have to wedge a couple of straw bales in there to protect the fig in the winter but I'm excited to give it a try. I may try to put some figs in the raised bed in front of the GH as well and try the bending technique that CCC1 has described in his post. So many experiments, so little time!

Thanks,
Little John


Subject: The joy of having a greenhouse Replies: 28
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 2,643
 
Question to fellow fig lovers. In the first series if pics that I posted, #3 you can clearly see the white rain barrel. If you look closely you can see the narrow gap between the greenhouse and the patio enclosure. What do you think if I plant a fig or 2 in there. Do you think it would survive the winter here in WI? Maybe I could stack some hay bales to enclose the tree. Any thoughts?

-Little John


Subject: The joy of having a greenhouse Replies: 28
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 2,643
 
The door is attached to my house (see pics below). There used to be a double door entry to the basement. It was blocked up when I bought the house in '97. I busted it out and put a ramp up into my GH. If I remember correctly my costs were as follows.....
-250 Cement Blocks (free/ salvaged)
-Masons to pour footing/ lay block, etc ($1,600)*
-Treated lumber ($500)
-Exhaust fan ($150)
-Polycarbonate Panels (Free/ work Trade)
-2 Windows @ lower front ($150)
-Benches (Free/  work Trade)
-Diamond Plate Aluminium Ramp (Free/ salvaged)
-Exterior door into GH ($150)

*The concrete work included the installation of a cement floor in my 6x12 wine cellar I built the year before. I also put more drain tile around the foundation that connected with the existing tile I layed previously. You can see the white flexible pipe in one of the pics.
  Ummmm, if I'm forgetting anything just ask.

Peace,
Little John... Letting My Fig Flag Fly (Jimi reference)








Subject: The joy of having a greenhouse Replies: 28
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 2,643
 
As luck would have it, I did a trade with a local veggie farmer. I worked off the bill with hours in the field. He placed a big order with Farmtec and added my materials on the list as well. Farmtec sends out catalogs and has a website. If I remember correctly the poly that I chose lets in about 80% sunlight.

-Little John


Subject: The joy of having a greenhouse Replies: 28
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 2,643
 
Jason,

You might need a GH if you wanted to grow date palms. :-)
I wish I had z8 weather up here. Maybe global warming will work in my favor in a few decades.

-Little John


Subject: Winter Protection - Bending Tree to ground Replies: 11
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 1,349
 
oh man, I'm gonna be doing that next year!

Subject: The joy of having a greenhouse Replies: 28
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 2,643
 
  I started building my greenhouse in '03 and a year later it was finnished. I dug it down into the earth to create a heat sink. You can see the pics below. Only a few years ago I put a vent through the wall for heat. The pipe from my woodstove has made my greenhouse experience even more pleasant. The glazing that I used was a series of polycarbonate panels. If you have the resources I highly recommend the poly.

-Little John
Sheboygan, WI

PS- Sorry about the over sized pics, I tried to resize with out luck.










Subject: beauties of Kalamata Replies: 7
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 842
 
ditto!

Subject: White Christmas Replies: 26
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 996
 
Martin, don't leave us midwesterners!! We'll miss you! Before you go you must pass the fig torch to many other Chicagoland folks. My Dad retired to FL about 10 yrs ago, he was sick of the snow too. At least I had him plant a fig. Good luck on your journey...where ever it may lead you.

-Little John
Sheboygan, WI

Subject: beauties of Kalamata Replies: 7
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 842
 
wow, nice size on that one! great color too.

Subject: fig varieties from Spain Replies: 36
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 17,757
 
Axier lives in Spain and is a Spanish native. Search his name on the other forum and you can see some real interesting posts that he's made. His collection is amazing!

-Little John 

Subject: fig varieties from Spain Replies: 36
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 17,757
 
Is there a way to translate those PDF's to English for those of us who don't speak fluent Spanish?

-Pequeno Juan


Subject: monterey fig Replies: 5
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 501
 
The only thing that I've heard of that sounds kinda close is the Moreton Bay Fig. Its not a Ficus carica though.

Good Luck on your search,
Little John

Subject: Winter Resort for Figs in OK Replies: 4
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 724
 
Hey Ox,

I love the idea. Hope you don't have any mouse problems this winter. Last year Bass had a problem with mice and I think he did something similar. Maybe your barrels will work better since you mounded soil around the base. Please keep us posted!!

Good Luck,
Little John

-Paully, great use of discarded appliances!


Subject: Egyptian fig varieties Replies: 11
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 2,569
 
Bass you have mail

Subject: Egyptian fig varieties Replies: 11
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 2,569
 
Hey Bass,

You said that you have a Lebanese fig? In September I got cuttings from a man in California. He got the tree from his neighbor who was French Lebanese. She went home for a visit and brought back cuttings and grew a tree in her yard. This man that I know said he's had someone from the university come over to try to ID the fig with no luck. All I know is that the fruit is similar to Black Mission. Are you familiar with any Lebanese varieties like that?

Curious,
Little John


Subject: Is this a male or female fig? Replies: 14
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 3,718
 
Gorgi, he's in Turkey....not Montreal right now.

Subject: Paradiso in Philadelphia Replies: 22
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 1,982
 
Bass & Nelson,

Thanks for putting this out there. The article is great!! I love the comments at the end....."I want Giovanni to be my Grampa"...hilarious!!!

Thanks,
Little John


Subject: Same fig? Replies: 2
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 498
 
looks like one is a little farther along than the other.

Subject: Cuttings are done. Replies: 1
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 543
 
You have mail!

-Little John


Subject: will my figs ripen Replies: 9
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 1,465
 
Ken,

I see why you have problems with the beetles getting in the BT figs. The eyes on the ones in the pics are pretty big!

Good Luck,
Little John


Subject: Ken's fig video Replies: 3
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 763
 
Wow,
Great video! Thoughts of being a small child running through a fig orchard...I wish I could go back in time and do that! Bliss on every tree.

-Little John


Subject: German Giant Fig Replies: 20
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 3,808
 
Wow,
I'd love to harvest monstrous figs like that as well!! Sign me up, where can I get one? Unless someone is having fun with photoshop....then that would just be a cruel joke.

Curious,
Little John


Subject: propagating on mini blinds Replies: 2
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 616
 
Good to hear of your experiments. Please keep us posted as to what your success rate is.

Thanks,
Little John


Subject: What do you do with all of those figs? Replies: 5
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 882
 
Cecil,

Thanks for the welcome and the great recipe.

Sue,

Wow, great links! I'll have to explore them some more when I have the time.


Peace,
Little John


Subject: What do you do with all of those figs? Replies: 5
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 882
 
Hey SandSquid,

Glad to see that you found this thread. A few days ago I posted some questions on your old fig wine thread at GW. I'd love to get some answers.......

sandsquid,

How did the next batch go? Did bumping the ratio up to 5 lb per gal and adding the banana make a big difference? I've evolved my wine making to omit the campden tablets with no bad results. Whats your opinion on campden tablets? I've found that more and more people don't like sulfites in their wine.

Curious,
Little John

PS- How can you bring yourself to make wine from all of those figs? It better be pretty amazing stuff.



Subject: What do you do with all of those figs? Replies: 5
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 882
 
Hello everyone,

  Like the subject line says...what do you do with all of the figs that you harvest? The reason that ask is I'm curious about putting up/ preserving figs for later. Last September my girlfriend and I were in Los Angeles for our annual job at the LA county fair. We have 2 days off a week while we're there and I was lucky enough to connect with one of the locals for a foraging expedition near Lake Arrowhead. We found an abandoned old shack and the remains of an old homestead. To my great surprise we came across a fig tree loaded with fruit!! When the day was done we each went home with a large grocery bag full of figs. I really wasn't sure what to do with these golden beauties but after some dialog with my partner we decided to trim the stems and put them in a pot with a small amount of water. We made a nice fig sauce...nice enough to blow away even the best apple or pear sauce I've tasted. We then fired up our camp stove again and pulled out our mason jars. I'm glad to say that we still have some jars left in our pantry but sadly they're going fast. This year I've thought about making fig wine. I make a lot of wines but I don't know if I can bring myself to use the figs for that, they're kind of precious. What do others do with their figs? Do you have any recipes?

Curious,
Little John


Subject: What the heck is that TyTyGa place? Replies: 7
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 1,202
 
I'm glad to hear from everyone about TyTy. I was considering getting one of their "super giant" figs. I don't think I could care for it properly though as I'm not a model with slicked back hair...haha.

-Little John


Subject: Hi, let me introduce myself Replies: 8
Posted By: Wildforager Views: 906
 
Hi Theresa,

Good to find another cheesehead here!! I'm in Sheboygan and if you'd like to swap cuttings or chat about figs just let me know. Hope to hear from you.

Peace,
Little John


 

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