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Subject: Nola pink ripe fig ripe and a 10 Replies: 22
Posted By: noss Views: 551
 
Cliff,

These things don't just affect those in a particular area because they happen all over the Gulf coast and that hits close to home.  We always keep people in our prayers when things like this happen.

During the time the heavy rains were here and the Baton Rouge area, I kept going out onto the carport to see what the rain was doing and it never ceased.  There were times it lessened, but it just never stopped!  For days!  The water came about 3/4 of the way up our driveway, but was shallow.  We live down the road from the Vermillion River and are on a low bluff, so drainage between us and the river has very few houses and on our side, few neighborhoods, so it drains fast.  That doesn't mean we couldn't flood under the right conditions.

I just prayed and stayed watching the TV the whole time like I'm doing now because I couldn't sleep.

I pray that Harvey's second pass will not be bad.  Mike's brother and his wife live in Houston, but so far, so good.  Our granddaughter has friends in Houston and the surrounding area and some have been flooded out.  She lives in Lake Charles with her husband and little daughter, so I hope they won't flood if the rains get heavy.

So many people have no idea what wind-driven rain, surf and water from overflowing waterways can do and it can't be stopped.  I used to cringe when people would talk about having hurricane parties in beach houses!!!

God help and be with everyone in the affected areas.  It soon may be us.  God watch over the people who are out there in harm's way, rescuing people caught in the flooded areas and keep them safe from harm.

One good thing is that along the coast, so many people have their own boats and they go out to help people without being asked.  Now how kind is that?

Stay safe,

noss & Mike




Subject: Nola pink ripe fig ripe and a 10 Replies: 22
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Hello CliffH,

We have been praying for all the areas hit by Harvey.  We hope all is well with you and yours. 

It's just past a year ago when all the flooding happened here where we live and Baton Rouge area and that storm wasn't even big enough to rate a name, but it moved slowly and kept stalling, so it dropped an enormous amount of rain on all of us because it kept sucking up moisture from the Gulf.  I've never seen so much rain, so heavy and so constant in all the years we've lived in Lafayette, which is 50 years!  It never let up, so you never know with storms.

It has just been found that those concrete barriers, on the freeways, that are solid, kept water from moving like it should have to shed a lot of water in the Baton Rouge and surrounding area, but there were no barriers in our area and the flooding was horrendous in some places.  In the Baton Rouge area, there is a convergence of four, or five rivers in the area and they all went out of their banks.  That sure doesn't help things.  I don't know why it is that "planners" never seem to think outside the box to think about what would happen in severe weather conditions, but they evidently don't.

God be with you and yours,

noss & MIke

Subject: What are these red bugs?? Replies: 9
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Thank you, Chapman.  I know they ruin my friend's fruits like the persimmons and pears.  It's only been in the past couple of years I've heard about them.  I've seen them before that, but didn't know what they were.  I thought they were stink bugs and they look like they're in that family.

noss

Subject: What are these red bugs?? Replies: 9
Posted By: noss Views: 274
 
Ray,

I should have said how will neem oil affect the fig trees/leaves in the heat we have here.  I was very tired when I typed the post. 

Is the neem oil the kind of oil people call summer oil?

I haven't seen the bugs in a couple of days, now.  They're probably turning into adults so they can come back and destroy whatever else they desire.

As far as what you said about what further proof do I want?  That was rather ugly of you.  Do you think you are the ultimate authority?  I've never heard of you before and the attitude you showed to my post was uncalled for.

I guess you edited that part out, though, because it doesn't show here.  Too bad it showed up in my email.


noss

Subject: What are these red bugs?? Replies: 9
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Shoot!  I thought they were assassin bug babies!!!  I've got them all over the place.  I guess now I know why they were eating the spoiled figs with the fruit flies!!!

Neem oil?  How will that affect them in this heat we have here?  They resemble assassin bugs in coloring.

So glad you posted photos of these bugs,

noss

Subject: eBay seller portugal-cuttingsandseeds: Figo Preto Replies: 15
Posted By: noss Views: 553
 
Humans can rationalize most anything, but wrong is still wrong and it's not worth it.  We have all kinds of figs in this country, but an addiction is an addiction and people lose their minds when they are addicted to something.  It's a shame, but it's true.

Danny K,  It's disheartening to see people throw away honor for anything and it makes one tired, doesn't it?  You keep your honor.  It's a good thing.

People fall little by little until they cease to know right from wrong, so thinking it's just a fig and it's already here, so why not keep them is a step toward throwing away your integrity.  People scoff when they hear that and do what they want and they're already on their way down.

Not worth it.

noss

Subject: Yellow jackets! Replies: 31
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Grant,

Do you have any photos of your TXE to show us?  I'd really like to see what one looks like, if you do.

noss

Subject: Yellow jackets! Replies: 31
Posted By: noss Views: 519
 
The forum is getting back to normal?  When was it ever normal???

As far as the comments here?  ROTFLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Y'all are really hamming it up.  Too funny.

I once shot a fly with a paper clip/rubber band dealie.  It had flown into a patch of ivy.  I shot the clip into the ivy and hit that fly dead center and it splattered all over my face and hair.  Talk about sick!  I still retch when I think about that.  Ack! 

I share figs with the birds all the time.....

noss 

Subject: Nola pink ripe fig ripe and a 10 Replies: 22
Posted By: noss Views: 551
 
Thanks, Richie.

noss

Subject: ID NC Fig? Replies: 29
Posted By: noss Views: 310
 
The one thing that gets me most is that one would think that it would be easy to get a true O'Rourke fig tree in Louisiana because they were created here!!!  But, it's not easy to get a true O'Rourke, at least it hasn't been easy for me.  I don't know how many improved Celestes I've got, while trying to get a true O'Rourke.  It's a good thing that the ICs are so delicious and productive.  They are like everbearing figs.

Mine are more bell-shaped, brown and hardy.  Love the flavor.

Gene gave me one of his dead-ripe True O'Rourkes to eat when Mike and I visited with Linda and him not long ago and it was so different inside, from the IC.  It was refreshing in flavor, juicy and I really liked it.

Both are keepers, IMO, and they are distinctly different.

When all is said and done, it's hard to beat a Celeste for an all-round fig.

Recently, I found out the two trees I had that I thought were Celestes and the people I got them from also thought they were Celestes are actually what people call Turkey figs.  I think they're Southern BTs, but I just don't know.  The figs are so close to Celestes, but the flavor of the Turkey figs is richer and very sweet.  The eyes on them are very small and they don't split and sour easily.  The Turkey figs don't produce a large crop all at once like the Celestes do, but I like eating figs fresh the best anyway.  I now have a couple of each variety and that will be good.

noss

Subject: Nola pink ripe fig ripe and a 10 Replies: 22
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Hi Richie,

How does it do in the rain?  Is the eye open?  Where did it come from?  I love brown sugar.  Why isn't the fig named Nola Brown Sugar?  It looks so good!

noss

Subject: Abebereira Fig Replies: 25
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Hi LSilva,

Thanks for your fast reply, with the pronunciation of the fig's name.

I hope you can find the figo de Sao Joao and it can produce early enough for you.

noss

Subject: Abebereira Fig Replies: 25
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Abebereira fig.  OK, I'll bite--

What country is this fig from?  How in the universe do you pronounce the name of this fig?

Abe-be-REAR-a?  It sounded Italian to me, but Spanish/Portuguese would sound similar, wouldn't it?

I would just love to know about this fig, since a friend has it.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Which single fig tree would you keep Replies: 56
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Thanks John.  I'll go look for pot feet, then.  I'd like to get some of those to raise the pots a little off the ground.

Sounds like a good thing to me.

noss

Subject: Which single fig tree would you keep Replies: 56
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John,

What are pot feet?  Do you have any photos, or can you let me know a link to them so I may go see them?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Which single fig tree would you keep Replies: 56
Posted By: noss Views: 1,484
 
The ants are the worst offenders when you have aphids, or scale, or mealybugs because they "farm" them, encouraging them to prosper so the ants can eat the honeydew from them.  Keeping the ants killed off will aid in getting rid of the scale and other pests.

It's the tiny "sugar ants" we have here who are the worst offenders of all and they may have done in one of my Key Lime trees.  I had to cut it down quite a way to try and save it and there are several sap runs that I'm worried are borers, but I don't know how to tell about that.  Other than that, there are all new sprouts that look healthy, which are coming from right above the graft line to about a foot above it.  I'm hoping the tree is saved, but am concerned about the sap runs.

noss

Subject: Which single fig tree would you keep Replies: 56
Posted By: noss Views: 1,484
 
Thanks John,

I'd like to hope that older trees can fight off scale, as it's pesky to deal with.  I've only had a problem with hard scale that looks like tiny reddish-brown barnacles and that can be harder to get rid of.  I use alcohol to spray on the trees, then spray them with an insecticidal soap with, or without pyrethrin in it.

noss

Subject: Which single fig tree would you keep Replies: 56
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Hi John,

How is it that the White Marseilles is greenhouse pest resistant?  What kind of pests would be a problem in a greenhouse?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Which single fig tree would you keep Replies: 56
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I would have to say both the Celeste and the Southern Brown Turkey, as both are delicious and versatile.  I prefer the Southern Brown Turkey for fresh eating, but both are very good.

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste or orourke Replies: 29
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agrarian,

I have a little different problem with the rain where I live.  It skips us mostly, or we only get spitting rain here and there.  It goes all around us and it is so frustrating.  The clouds will go over us looking like doom and gloom and spit a few drops, but the majority of the rain falls in other places right around us.  It's been doing that for several years now.  Rain really is the best type of watering for plants.

Lately we have had a bit more rain, but not for long.  I thought we were getting a gully-washer earlier today because it was pouring down, for all of 10 minutes, if even that long.  I went to go out on the carport to watch it and drink in the smell of the ozone and the rain had stopped!

I wish we could get things to even out between all of us, but that's just a dream.

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste or orourke Replies: 29
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I know what you mean.

In my yard the mockingbirds are taking first dibs with the figs and they are laughing at me.  Mostly they are chipping and growling at me to warn me to stay away from "their" figs.  They are feisty little birds.  They even dive-bomb me in my own yard!  The nerve of those little feathered thugs.  And they're teaching their babies to be hostile as well.  The babies are the ones who are ruining the unripe  figs that are just about to ripen.  They ruined about six almost ripe, beautiful Smith figs and pulled the flesh right through the bird netting, which I had to clean off the netting.

I wish I had your luck with the birds not getting my figs, but if it's not one thing, it's the other.

Good luck to both of us,

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste or orourke Replies: 29
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Richie,

I can see why people might think that's another name for the Giant Celeste.  I'd vote for LSU Tiger, but Dr. Johnson said that was a real problem about the name.  If you have an LSU Purple and an LSU Gold, for me it seems like LSU Tiger would have been a great name for that large fig.  Tigers are huge cats.

Then you have a Monstreuse.  Don't know how you spell that.

It's too bad the Giant Celeste has such a large eye and splits.  Just think about a big Celeste to eat--Yum!

agrarian,

That's an interesting philosophy on figs you have, there.  ;D

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste or orourke Replies: 29
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Mega Celeste is its own type of fig.  I've never seen one.

How do they taste?  Do they resemble a Celeste?  Do they have an open eye?

Sometimes people ask if they are the same as a Monstreuse fig, which I've never seen, either.

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste or orourke Replies: 29
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Richie,

Those are beautiful trees and the fruit looks delicious.  Mine don't seem to have such long necks.  Do the brebas tend to have longer necks and are they larger?  The one larger fig at the bottom left seems to be growing from a leaf node and it has a longer neck.  Mine look like bells, usually.

My ICs have from one to three-lobed leaves with some five-lobed leaves.  Seems like they are just the opposite of what the O'Rs are.  I looked at the O'Rs carefully when we were there for the fig field day and saw some rare other lobed leaves on the O'Rs, but I had to look for them.

I love the flavor of the ICs very much.

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste or orourke Replies: 29
Posted By: noss Views: 586
 
bamafig--This doesn't look like any of the tree leaves I've been told are O'Rourkes, so far.

I know Gene has an O'Rourke.  I'll see if he will take a picture of his tree and post it.  That sure is a pretty leaf.

noss

Subject: FMV revisited Replies: 27
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I will report back, Anton.  Not sure if it will be soon, though, but my little trees need to have their health boosted, so I'm going to go looking.

noss

Subject: FMV revisited Replies: 27
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Hello Anton,

Thanks for your fast reply on your experience with the silicon product.

I won't blame you if I decide to use silicon and things don't turn out for me as they have for you.  :)

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste or orourke Replies: 29
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Richie,

I can not get past how hard it is to find a true O'Rourke in the very place where it originated!  Very frustrating.

From what I've seen, ICs have from one to three-lobed leaves and an occarsional five-lobed leaves and the figs look like yours, but I'll tell you-the figs in your photos look like they'd be scrumptious.

I've got ICs that have a greenish tint to them when they ripen and some that are brown like yours.  They're all good.

Where are your newer pictures of the figs?

noss a.k.a. Vivian

Subject: Mother Nature woes Replies: 10
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We have never had a stretch of weather so squirrely that the weathermen get things even more wrong than usual!  It's June and the night temps are going into the 60s.

noss

Subject: FMV revisited Replies: 27
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What kind of silicon supplement are you talking about, here?  I've not seen this mentioned anywhere until right here.  What else is it needed for besides strengthening the cell walls?  Should it be administered to fig trees in general such as fertilizer is?  It sounds like it would be good for us in Louisiana, to protect from the brutal heat we can have here.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Ebay scam Dausername1 Replies: 132
Posted By: noss Views: 3,318
 
Hi again Jerval,

That was a fast reply.  :D

I'm glad that the Figo Preto is the one I thought it was.

How hard are they to root?  Any special things I need to know?  If so, I'd appreciate it if you would give me tips on rooting this fig.

Question:  I notice you have Nero 600m and Nero in your list of figs you grow.  What is the difference between the two with names so close?

Thank you,

noss

Subject: Ebay scam Dausername1 Replies: 132
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Hi Jerval,

After I posted my question to you, I went to eBay and I was the person who bought your last set of cuttings, so everything is evidently fine, here.  It's paid for, as well.  ;)  At least eBay thinks I'm the one who bought it.  I saw your name and figured out it must be you because the name is distinctive enough that I didn't think there would be two people with the same name. 

Now, I'm hoping I didn't get it wrong in thinking this fig is the one that is like the Black Madeira, only is said to be stronger?  Didn't have time to ask that question, but it was late and I was tired, so I bought the cuttings.  If I'm mistaken, that's no problem because the figs in the photo sure looked good, so how can I lose?

Thanks,

noss  a.k.a. Vivian

Subject: Ebay scam Dausername1 Replies: 132
Posted By: noss Views: 3,318
 
Hello Jerval,

I've been looking for a Figo Preto.  May I have your eBay name so I could give yours a try?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Ebay scam Dausername1 Replies: 132
Posted By: noss Views: 3,318
 
Is James Greenfin?

If so, I read through that thread and it was so interesting, seeing how it progressed from people going all excited about being able to get such great fig trees for so little and how great he was for wanting to include them in his building up the stock of trees, to people then saying, "Hey, wait a minute, here.  The trees aren't coming like they were supposed to.  The guy was having trouble with trees that were difficult to root and grew slowly, so things were backing up and then people getting upset that he kept putting things off more and more to now this guy here is sniffing him out as a scammer?

Did I get that correct, or is this James a different person?

noss

Subject: Ebay scam Dausername1 Replies: 132
Posted By: noss Views: 3,318
 
If you don't at least give it a good shot to make a real difference with those people and eBay/PayPal, it is certain nothing will be done, so nothing ventured, nothing gained.  T

This effort you're making is a good one, IMO, so it shows you're not just fussing about something expecting someone else to take care of it.

Good for y'all because you're giving eBay/PayPal something to think about.

noss

Subject: KITTY LITTER ....really ....KITTY LITTER ! Replies: 27
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Hello DannyK.   Hope all is well with you and your trees

Viv

Subject: KITTY LITTER ....really ....KITTY LITTER ! Replies: 27
Posted By: noss Views: 2,484
 
I got a little fig tree from Burpee and couldn't believe how teensy it was when it arrived.  It was in a 2" pot and is about 2" tall and I'm stretching it.

To all of you who got "trees" from Burpee--Were they tiny as well and did they grow well for you gaining size after you planted them?  Mine is too tiny to be put into the ground.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Ebay scam Dausername1 Replies: 132
Posted By: noss Views: 3,318
 
What fig in this universe is worth all this todo y'all go through hoping you'll get THE fig of the century when over and over again, we see that it's only the one right now and down the road it will get cheaper as the next new THE fig of the century has come along?

Have I gotten stuck?  A very few times before I realized I'd rather stick with the people I've known here for years and who have always been friendly and honest.  I wouldn't trade them for all the fancy figs in the universe.

I've never been after THE fig in the first place.  What I've looked for is the best figs for where I live and have found several that are very good and do well here.

Step back and take a deep breath and quit fooling with these scammers and letting them scam you.

May you find your best figs from only the best people.

Old and crotchety noss

Subject: Ebay scam Dausername1 Replies: 132
Posted By: noss Views: 3,318
 
This is not about eBay, but I need to know why I'm getting all kinds of posts on here instead of the digest.  Can anyone help me with this.  I'm not aware of having clicked on anything to remove me from the digest.  If anyone can tell me who to contact, or how to return to digest, I'd sure appreciate it.

I buy from people I know on eBay.  The times I've done otherwise, a time, or two, I've regretted it, so I don't do it.  If I don't know them, I just ignore them.  There is enough chance of getting the wrong thing with people you know (pure, honest errors) that you don't need to buy from someone you don't know.

It's good if we have a list of honest Sellers here on F4F.  Good luck in the future.  :D

noss

Subject: Fig Orchard (with pics) Replies: 18
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Hi Navid,

Nice pictures.  Those hoop structures look interesting.

noss

Subject: Differences between Black Celeste and Malta Black Replies: 31
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Hi Paully,

When Mike is back home and has gotten through his Recurrent Training, I will at least get photos of the trees and leaves (I cut the original tree in half in the spring).  There are some really pretty leaves on the trees.

I will get photos of the fruit when another one gets ripe.  The fruit is very dark and the skin is dull.

They're young trees in their third season.  I don't know if cutting the tree in half set it back any.  It doesn't appear to have done so and they seem to have done well.  After I cut the tree in half, they sat on the carport in the shade only getting early morning sun and not a lot of that.  After getting used to the sun, they were put out in the front bed (Potted).

The fruit is not shiny like Dan's and is shaped more like a regular Celeste, so who knows what it is?  I thought it was very good, even for a young tree and all this heat.

noss



Subject: My Belleclare Kalamata Black Replies: 18
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Good save, Martin.  That's a beautiful little tree.

noss

Subject: a disturbing fig video Replies: 58
Posted By: noss Views: 2,765
 
Gene,

Moi?  Woodstock?  Oh, mais no, Sha, not this puppy.  I hate crowds.  Just makin' fun of TYTY.  Those are some scary people and I don't know how they stay in business.  :)




Subject: Differences between Black Celeste and Malta Black Replies: 31
Posted By: noss Views: 4,020
 
Dave,

That's a good question.  I'll have to take photos of my BC & the leaves when the other fruit ripens.  My BC fruit looked just like the fruit on Dalton's tree at the nursery.

The tree dropped another fig today.  Now, I'm hoping the BC I have is not going to be too much like a regular Celeste.  Maybe they've been talking to my Celeste, "Legacy" behind my back.....

Dan,

I got your email and the pics and emailed you back.  Thanks for taking the time to send the pics.

noss



Subject: I'm under attack Replies: 53
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Ken,

That's what the people in India do.  They wear masks with faces painted on them, on the back of their heads.  They do that in an area along a river where the tigers love people meat.  I wonder what a bird would do?  It just might work, Bass.  Some bugs have big, fake eyes on parts of their bodies like that to scare predators away from them.

Rafed, don't you mean you were caught blue-handed?

Maybe New Jersey Robins are a cut above the Robins in other states?  :)

We had sweet Robins.  Are there different kinds of Robins in this country?  I never looked to see.  But Bass, you're just one state over from NJ.

I know--It HAS to be global warming effects upon their tiny brains.  Dries up their brain juices and makes them behave in bizarre ways.

Canaries are finches and Robins are thrushes.  (I love canaries)

Rather than shoot the Robins, I would move the nest and not worry about what happens.  It's not a good idea to let them stay where they are if there are kids that could be pecked and frightened.

Be glad, be VERY glad that you don't live here in the Land of the Mockingbird.  You talk about getting attacked!  Little feathered thugs and they steal all my figs, that the squirrel doesn't get!

noss



Subject: a disturbing fig video Replies: 58
Posted By: noss Views: 2,765
 
I wonder where she bought hers?

I wonder what that guy was smokin'?

Those people are really freaky and they creep me out completely.  There is something seriously WRONG with ALL of them!

Bass!  Now I probably won't sleep tonight, or if I do, I'll have nightmares about TYTY people after me with those creepy eyes.  Thanks a lot!  :)

I'm with you Celt--But I think maybe we're not the ones who have lost brain cells, though.

I think the Feds need to visit their nurseries and see what else they're growing besides legal plants.

Maybe TYTY people are so fried that THEY think they're growing good plants and maybe now we know why they send out the wrong varieties to everyone? 

Say, HEY, Baby!  What kind of fig is this?  I think I'll send it to somebody.  Anybody.  Ooohhhh--It's a pretty fig.  I think I'll blow smoke on it and then put it on a mirror with its buddies and we can all party.  Oh wow!  Lookit those colors!  Oh, man.

:)

noss



Subject: Spider Mites Replies: 12
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Is there more of a chance of spider mites and other pests if the plants are under shade cloth?

I hope not because to know the temp is 7-10 degrees less is welcome news.

What kind of insecticidal soap do you use? 

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
Posted By: noss Views: 4,505
 
Hello Olga!

You must be a fig whisperer, along with several other people on the forums.  :)

Just how big are they?  Are they bigger than a golf ball?

Good to know they haven't split in the rain for you and I'm anxious to see the pictures.  And wait until you have a good, ripe one so you can tell me how it tastes?

noss



Subject: I'm under attack Replies: 53
Posted By: noss Views: 3,441
 
Hi Ken,

There are many old wives' tales around about birds and one is never try to put a baby bird back into its nest because after you touch it, the parents won't feed it again.  Not so.

Birds don't have keen sense of smell, so they don't smell us on the baby and most parent birds will feed their babies wherever they are found no matter what they have to do.  They know where those babies are.  I'm sure, if someone relocated a nest a long way from where it was originally, the parents might not hear their babies, or if they are just eggs, find the eggs.  Bass' robins sound like they'd be right there and would see where the nest would be relocated to, the way they are attacking them.

Sometimes, even if a parent bird is killed and there are babies, the other birds of the same kind will feed those orphaned babies.

Neat, eh?

noss

Subject: When to pollinate figs? Replies: 14
Posted By: noss Views: 1,716
 
That's about what the conversation was about, Alan.

Thanks,

noss

 

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