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Subject: Whole foods fig plants Replies: 30
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,551
 
We are in the sticks.  Dammn!  No whole foods close.  We have Sprouts, but they don't do anything cept herbs.

Subject: Why do I love figs? Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 517
 
What other tree? 

My Pakistan Mulberry has fruited and is 6' tall all from cuttings stuck in the ground last November.  There are other fruits, you know?  AND this mulberry will grow 80' tall, and we are going to stop it at ladder + JD high.  Grand kids need a tree house.

Suzi

Subject: Jumbo (Bursa figs) 235 gr really.My hand in the photo.Not baby hand Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,233
 
It's like an apple!  Make some fig pie!

Suzi

Subject: A 40 brix fig Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,177
 
There are many figs with high brix, and more with low brix.  Drop of honey and taste test is the best in my book.  I do test the grapes, but their juice is pure.  Not so with a fig.

Suzi

Subject: Free fig tree no roots?? Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 478
 
Hey, dude is giving it a try!  Craigslist is free, and he might just get a sucker!  This gives me an idea.  Not figs but some Sago Palms!  I HATE them, and they are priceless!.........   Hmmm You dig.  YOURS!

Subject: I know Martin isn't listening, but Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 724
 
jdsfrance, we barely have winter here in Southern California, but most figs go dormant in December.  But I know it's deep winter for Chicago then.  I just want to send it bare root so I don't have to ship it in dirt.  Our spring is in March.  I'll ask our niece when she would rather have me ship it.  She has a basement, so it might not be a problem.

Subject: More Reasons to Love Staten Island - Figs Soaked in Grapa Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 452
 
Enjoyed the read.  Got memories of Grapa.  Left those on the beach in So CA.

Suzi

Subject: It was fig sampling night again... Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 367
 
Nice Grasa!  I always thought Rattlesnake Island was an interesting name.  Thought about getting it because we do have rattlers here.  Glad you like it.  Your figs look great!

Suzi

Subject: Parasite Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 580
 
Yuck!  I'd follow Chivas advice.  I've seen it here in So CA, but the main parasite we have is mistletoe, and it seems to prefer Sycamore and Oak trees.  Takes years, but it will kill them.

Suzi

Subject: A good breakfast. Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 465
 
Nice variety of figs there!  Thanks for sharing!

Suzi

Subject: I know Martin isn't listening, but Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 724
 
OK, I'm officially confused.  This was just a simple question.  What is Newcastle?  and coal?

Suzi

Subject: I know Martin isn't listening, but Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 724
 
I wish to send a Hardy Chicago, bare root to family in Chicago.  When would be the best time to do that.  Hardy Chicago had some sort of good figs here in so ca, but should I send it in Jan?

Just asking

Subject: Negretta waking up Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 578
 
Pattee, I am no fan of bunnies!  They are about as cute as a snake when your plants are involved.  I'm working on getting that BB gun.

Suzi

Subject: Little bit off topic Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 556
 
I've seen him too, but I didn't connect it until now.  I really have.  Overandoverandoverandoverandover.........

Suzi

Subject: Negretta waking up Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 578
 
Rafed, did you notice my wish list?  xoxoxoxoooooooooooo

Negretta is a hot weather lover, and that is why she didn't wake up.  I need someone to air layer one for me.  Happy to pay.  I live in the place that fig loves, but I've lost many to fungus gnats or cuttings cut before their time....

Suzi

Subject: Geganta and its' summer cuttings Replies: 10
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 558
 
Good job, Rafed!  I hope the fig is worthy of your efforts.

Suzi

Subject: Wire Pot Experiment Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 880
 
Got you beat by 11!  Still, I really like your invention!  Figs never call wanting money or asking if they can move in............  Go Figs!!

Subject: Wire Pot Experiment Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 880
 
Root pruning AKA air pruning pots are kinda new, and some old folks will NEVER get how good they are, so ya just have to move on!  I love your concept with the inner and the outer mulch.  Amazing! 

Funny, I'm old.  A grandma.  But I try to keep up so my brain don't go dead, ya know?

We had figs and grapevines planted in pots at the last place.  Those in pots circled and got root bound, but those in the air pruning bags had so many roots and growth, the difference was huge!

If I couldn't put everything in ground like I now can, I'd be making JD imitate your invention!

Suzi

Subject: Wire Pot Experiment Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 880
 
I like it!  Good job!

Suzi

Subject: Now you can get Amazon to donate to Figs 4 Fun Foundation Replies: 30
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 11,434
 
I always order through Amazon Smile.  Just did, in fact, but Birthdays and Christmas is coming.  This is my favorite avenue of donation.

Suzi

Subject: "Re-Introduction" Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 576
 
I'll trade ya my maybe rooted Tena for a couple cuttings of Peter's honey... or you could be a sweetie and air layer it for me.  We'll meet for the trade on the backroad from here to Temecula!  Soccer Season?  I'm kinda the opposite of Martin.  I just love the honey figs!!

Suzi 

Subject: Message to Jon and my friends (update post #$49) Replies: 160
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 6,925
 
You are a spirit guide, Tam, but not sure Rafed is tuned in.........  I'm sure he'll look and maybe change his mind.  We LOVE you Rafed!

Subject: Message to Jon and my friends (update post #$49) Replies: 160
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 6,925
 
21 YESSS!!!
Suzi

Subject: Vista: Show & Tell Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 993
 
I heard Vista can grow to be a really big tree.  Will you plant in-ground or keep in pots?

Suzi

Subject: My First Drop of Honey Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 820
 
I'm just bumping this to get us thinking about figs and not fighting.  The two don't mix! 

I would love to fight whatever critter robbed my entire Verte crop!  But that's probably a coon or possum........ 

So what do you night posters think about my breakfast?

Suzi

Subject: Message to Jon and my friends (update post #$49) Replies: 160
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 6,925
 
Are you sure, Rafed?  You are one of the good ones!  Who's gonna run the Superbowl pool?  Not Jon!

You have my email.  Stay in touch.

Your loyal friend,

Suzi

Subject: My #3 Underarted Fig Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 449
 
Mine was pretty good this year, but it's too young to know.  Thanks for the photos!

Suzi

Subject: My #2 Underarted Fig Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 744
 
I don't have a Beal, but I do love the Honey type figs.  Could you describe it's flavor?  I know, I always ask...  Vintner... We like to know the tones........

Suzi

Subject: pollinating and breeding new fig types Replies: 31
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,571
 
I LOVE these experiments!  Such fun!  Thanks for the thread and all the updates.  Keep them coming!!

Suzi

Subject: Ed's Large Unk Replies: 3
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 329
 
That's one big fig!  It looks really tasty, but I guess it was on the tree too long.  There are many others I see!

Thanks for sharing!

Suzi

Subject: LSU PURPLE Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 378
 
I wonder how the southern LSU varieties do in California's dry heat.  Guess I'll find out.  Have LSU Scott's Black and LSU Gold.  Scott's Black is an in ground baby from a buried cutting that has decided to take off and grow.  LSU Gold has been in-ground for a year and putting on good growth this year.  Looking forward to the figs.

Subject: OT: Flea beetles Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 347
 
Some think tobasco sauce works.  Nothing ventured?  Gardenweb might be a better place for you to get an answer.  Lots of veggie growers there.

JD and I have noticed this bug around, and finally today I ID'd it looking at California insects.  Man, we have a lot of them.  This one doesn't eat bugs.  It's called The Cow Killer, but it doesn't do that.  It's really a wasp with an excruciating sting.  Guess we'll be showing it proper respect from now on.
cow killer ant.jpg 

Suzi


Subject: LAST CHANCE ----Needs to be said - the need for civil communication Replies: 85
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 3,429
 
I like your preacher!  Prayers for your recovery, Larry.

Suzi

Subject: I'm back! Replies: 5
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 372
 
Welcome back!  You've been gone so long, we forgot what you look like ;-)  Where are you located?  I'm sure any new cuttings you start will be accompanied with LOTS of advice.  Have fun.  Different methods work best for different members.  We all find our way eventually.

Suzi

Subject: My First Drop of Honey Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 820
 
This morning first thing, I went out to pick that fig.  To my dismay it had ants on it.  The cinnamon / Tabasco treatment didn't work.  Tanglefoot is on it's way for my other trees from Amazon.  I blew the ants off, and tried to pick it.  It didn't drop in my hand, but I didn't want to lose it to the ants, so I tugged.  It was really soft and I actually ripped the top of the fig a little.  The stem didn't want to come with it.

MLS.HoneyDrop.jpg 

Notice two (not one) honey drips, and even some on the sides.  No wonder the ants were interested!  I licked, and one drop was harder than the other.  The flavor and texture were pure honey.  Tasted like orange blossom honey, which, if we had the wasp (we could, but I've never seen one), would make sense.  We are surrounded by citrus groves, and bees abound.  Now here is the tease:

MLS.DeadRipe2.jpg 

The drip you see is the part that I couldn't lick off without destroying my fig.  The fig was really soft and I didn't want to mash it.   This fig is hands down the best I have ever had!  So juicy and sweet with a faint crunch.  Definitely a honey fig!  It tasted like honey with a hint of sweet melon.  Pure joy!  And here is a close up of one half.

MLS.DeadRipe.jpg 
 

Suzi



Subject: LAST CHANCE ----Needs to be said - the need for civil communication Replies: 85
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 3,429
 
Hey Jon, thanks for tuning in.  Ignore is the best action.  Well said.
Suzi

Subject: My First Drop of Honey Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 820
 
I have a lot of fig trees and most don't drop honey.  Just wait!  Tomorrow I will pluck the honey dripper from the tree.  She actually has two drips... they are encased like a balloon.  She is soft, but not dropping into my hand at a little tug.  tomorrow.

I am a tease, but YOU have teased me for years!  Deal with it!!

Suzi

Subject: Figo de Quarteira Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 677
 
waynea, whatever you are smoking, could you share?

Subject: Diverticulitus and fig seeds Replies: 10
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 337
 
Charlie, I am so sorry you have this.  I have it too, but years go by before I get it again.  I know it will happen, but I do enjoy life and the beautiful home JD and I share.

I will pray for you.  Not a fun thing.  Been there a lot of times.

Suzi

Subject: LAST CHANCE ----Needs to be said - the need for civil communication Replies: 85
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 3,429
 
Charlie, you are a smart guy!  Assistant mods.  Usually these wars are in winter when people have cabin fever.  I didn't know what the fight was about, but I do know there was one.  I'm not stupid, and I figured it out.  Sad.  I will never volunteer to be an assistant mod.  Got a vineyard and orchards and grandkids to tend, but some will.  Should we nominate?  I nominate sweet Synvessa AKA Sue.  I know I spelled that wrong, and dirtTexas, and you Charlie!

Suzi

Subject: Figo de Quarteira Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 677
 
Looks delicious!!  Describe the flavor please:
Crunch
Berry, or Rich Figgy
Juicy or dry

All that.

Suzi

Subject: My First Drop of Honey Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 820
 
I just wish someone would tell me.  Do you lick?  Or do you cut it off?  I am not in the mood to share.  Jeeze!  JD is a night owl.  I get up early, so I get the fig.  It's his fav, so I wait to cut when he gets up around 10 AM.  That last fig is soft, and the honey is huge!  I'll cut it early morning, take photos and post. 

After my Tabasco/cinnamon treatment, I still see ants, but that drop of honey is huge!  See ya tomorrow AM.

Suzi

Subject: My First Drop of Honey Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 820
 
Mike, I just walked out to look at it, and saw ants!  OMG!  So now I have coated the area with cinnamon and sprayed with Tabasco.  My mission is to see if a local hardware has Tanglefoot.  That fig should be ripe in a day or two... The honey drip is a little bigger on that one.  I was surprised that it wasn't sticky on the pictured fig in this thread.  It actually had a hard seal on the outside, kinda like a water balloon.

I promise to take photos of the INSIDES of the last Mary Lane Seedless and post them in this thread.  Maybe tomorrow if it's ripe

Suzi

Subject: My First Drop of Honey Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 820
 
I wasn't thinking about that.  There is ONE more on the tree, and it has the drop, but it's not yet soft enough, so I'll check daily and THEN I'll try just the honey.  This is so much fun!  Can't wait to try just the honey!!

Did you lick it or slice it off?

Suzi

I'll move my rubber snake in closer to that last fig.

Subject: My First Drop of Honey Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 820
 
I am always amazed at the photos here of figs with honey ooozing out.  Today I discovered the honey drop.  Sorry I didn't take a photo of the cut fig, but it was perfectly ripe and perfectly delicious.  Very juicy.  Mary Lane Seedless with Honey:

MaryLaneSeedlessHoneyDrop.jpg 

Suzi


Subject: An apology, of sorts ... Replies: 30
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,062
 
I loved your post.  JD is a lot like you!  I can talk food and wine onandonandonandon.  Recently I got a sinus infection and it hurts my head to talk.  JD was noticeably happy!  He likes what he likes, and really has no clue.  He wouldn't know the dif between instant or fresh brewed coffee.

Also like your screen name!  I have a Pinterest board called Cherokee Soul.  I collect all things Indian there since I have two strains in my blood.  Mohawk and Cherokee......  Oooops!  I'm talking ;-)

Suzi

Subject: OT Weather Data Post Replies: 1
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 215
 
Over at garden web in the orchard forum, there is a long post about weather with many links to web sites for tracking. 

I know some of you tend towards science.

A bit over my head, and a bit into meteorology, but if you think you need such info, it's there.

Suzi


Subject: Today was my "1st Year Anniversary" of F4F Forum Membership :) Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 770
 
Happy Anniversary!  Enjoy all those nice figs!

Suzi

Subject: FIG ID Help Possible Italian Honey or Kadota? Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
Well, my Kadota doesn't have a berry taste at all.  It is juicy, figgy, crunchy, honey sweet.  I bought mine at a nursery.  My Verte, however is very berry sweet.  Could be the difference in climates.  Both mine are in ground.  Another possible difference, but my Kadota is very yellow and roundish.  The birds got one, I got one, and there are two unripe on the tree.  First year tree.  It has some time to go.

Suzi

Subject: Dark Portugal, goat cheese, bacon, and a lesson on what not to do! Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 531
 
I thought your recipe and photos were Pinterest worthy!  Wow!  Sorry the flavors disappointed.  Maybe next time try prosciutto?  There are tons of recipes for fig, proscuitto, rosemary, and goat cheese pizzas.

I'll have to have figs running out my ears prior to trying other than fresh.  Thanks for your good advice!

Suzi

 

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