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Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux Replies: 20
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 896
 
My tree is too new.  No figs this year, but I see what is going to be ahead!  looks delicious! 

Suzi

Subject: OT Apples and Pears Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 388
 
That all looks great!  Harvest is done here.  I even had to buy a special apple peeler, corer, slicer thing there were so many, and my freezer is full of apple pie filling.  Next year, I'll be smarter!  I'll ferment the cores and peels for cider.

Enjoy your harvest!

Suzi

Subject: OT: Time to batten down the hatches... Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 657
 
That looks pretty nasty!  Hope you come through with zero damage! 

Suzi

Subject: When did Hardy Chicago start to ripen where you are? Replies: 23
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 946
 
In Southern California, they ripened mid to late July.  None left on the tree.  They were delicious!

Suzi

Subject: --- From a seed to a fig in 18 months! (ripe photos added) Replies: 51
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 2,012
 
Congratulations on a successful seedling fig.  Protect that fig from birds, let it ripen, take photos of it... you know the drill.  Be sure to post the outcome!

Fun thread!

Suzi

Subject: Fig shoots as edible food? Replies: 26
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 668
 
JD hates Asparagus.  Only time I get it is when he goes fishing, and I won't be trying my fig leaf stems.  Thanks for being the guinea pig Figgy Frank!! 

Suzi

Subject: Afternoon Snack Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 449
 
OK!  I'll put it on my UC Davis list for next year if they have it. 

Thanks!

Suzi

Subject: Afternoon Snack Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 449
 
So what is the taste of this delicious looking fig?  Thanks for sharing!

Suzi

Subject: Small but nice...found abandoned in a lone fig shrub Replies: 5
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 430
 
Wow!  Looks delicious!

Subject: Normans Yellow Emerges Tiniest Plant ever! Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 513
 
Today, she has two leaves and protection from rabbits.......  Still adorable.

NormansYellowDay3.jpg 

Suzi


Subject: Fig shoots as edible food? Replies: 26
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 668
 
I hope I remember this in a few years when my trees get bigger.  I wonder if this works on ALL varieties.  Some leaves smell like cat pee.......... 

Nice to know you can eat many parts of the fig tree.  Somewhere I read they use the latex for cheese or yogurt?

Suzi

Subject: 2 new brebas (VdB and unknown) Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 437
 
jdsfrance, Negronne is another name for VDB. 

Grasa, is the green one an unknown?

Subject: Kadota at SuperKing Market for $3.99/16oz box Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 543
 
Well, right off the tree, fresh as a daisy, my fav!  Nothing bettah!  I have not yet tasted a fig better than a fresh Kadota from the tree.  I have a lot of figs, VDB can't stand up to Kadota!  Period.

Suz

Subject: Darkman ? Replies: 2
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 254
 
Sometimes members take a break.  I took one for 2 years ish.  Life interferes.

Subject: Normans Yellow Emerges Tiniest Plant ever! Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 513
 
gorgi!  You make me laugh!  My first little adorable baby boy went with me and my cousin to the movies as a 2 month old.  I went for sodas and popcorn, and looked at all the teen boys around with their zits, attempts at facial hair, and attitude, and I shook my head.  Is this what's ahead?  Absolutely!  No zits, but attitude and facial hair everywhere!!  He knows it all, and always has, and he is now facing the drama he caused me.. twin daughters and a handsome son.........

I know Normans Yellow baby won't always be adorable, but she will have delicious figs in the future!  I won't post photos of how adorable she is, but I will post photos of how big she is and how tasty her figs are. 

:-))

Suzi

Subject: Normans Yellow Emerges Tiniest Plant ever! Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 513
 
Thank you Charlie!  He is a trooper.. acutally, she!  She will be a mama of many figs!  Be sure you post photos of your Normans Yellow when they start to root and leaf out!  Good luck to you!

Suzi

Subject: Insect egg mass on fig leaf Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 486
 
Neem oil, with a little soap in a gallon of water sprayed all over your fig should cure this.  Neem kills everything.  The oil confuses the bugs and they forget to mate, forget to eat and they die, and their eggs are confused too... they don't think straight, and they never mature.  So sad............  Oh, it's organic too.

Suzi

Subject: Normans Yellow Emerges Tiniest Plant ever! Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 513
 
Otmani, how are you protecting the shoots?  We put a 12" diameter x 18" high fence around each bunch of cuttings, so when they sprout, they have protection.  Little Normans Yellow surprised me.  We didn't get the fence up because the cuttings weren't in ground so long, and it seemed like nothing was happening.  We couldn't believe something so tiny could be a fig.  I just knew it wasn't a weed.  Seen too many fig leaves in my life.

I took a full res photo, blew it up, cropped it, looked at it 100%, and only then could I see this is the beginning of a fig tree.  I love it's little leaf ridges and it's strong stem!

Fingers crossed your Conadria will come back for you!

Suzi


Subject: Normans Yellow Emerges Tiniest Plant ever! Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 513
 
Otmani, The baby has protection now.  It's got a nice gopher wire cage around it.  Nothing can touch it, and it's in a planter surrounded by concrete, and gophers are too lazy to dig under the driveway for nothing.

Your Conradia might come back.  if the cutting has roots, the only damage the rabbit did was to prune it.  It will grow back.  I was devestated when rabbits munched my baby Native D'Argentile, but it's back big time.  This one is so tiny, I doubt any self respecting rabbit would want to eat the dirt that would come along with it in the bite, but it's protected. 

It's in shade until around 3 PM.  Then it gets some sun.  Seems happy for now.  I have no idea if it even has roots.  But it's the first shoot to show of 5 cuttings I buried in little trenches.  Some of those cuttings had girth, so they will be slower to show, but I'm pretty sure I'll get at least one of Normans Yellow out of it, and since I adore this baby I hope this is the one that survives!

Suzi

Subject: Harvey's fig harvests in August 2014 - Updates Replies: 79
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 6,411
 
Nice photos Harvey.  It's nice you put the dates on there.  That way, you will know which year was better due to age of tree or climate.  Weird year here in California.  Me south.  You central.  Still strange weather.

Suzi

Subject: Jack's Quarter Pounder Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 426
 
I will always remember Alexis... Not to sound like she's dead or anything, just probably busy with life.  That does happen.  I have her Adriatic, and they are starting to ripen.  Can not wait!!  Alexis is gold in my book!!

Suzi

Subject: No one is immune... Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 485
 
It does happen to all of us.  Be safe in the hurricane.

Suzi

Subject: Normans Yellow Emerges Tiniest Plant ever! Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 513
 
I know.  It's just adorable.  JD just went down to put a gopher wire cage around it.. like 12" in diameter to protect it from rabbits.  They seem to love little baby figs, although I doubt they would consider this worth their trouble.  It is tiny.  They did get my baby Native D'Argentile, but that little thing came up big strong, and now has 6 leaves!!  It towers over this little one.

I'll post updates on little Norman now and then.  I love this fig.  Norman was my dad's first name.  What's not to like?

Suzi

Subject: Normans Yellow Emerges Tiniest Plant ever! Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 513
 
I can't figure out why this photo is split.  It shows when I try to edit.  Hmmmmmm

Trying again:  And here it is in relation to a sprig of grass for size reference. NormansYellowEmerges.jpg 

Subject: Normans Yellow Emerges Tiniest Plant ever! Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 513
 
This is the cutest little fig ever!!

A couple weeks ago, I received some cuttings of Normans Yellow from Fatnsassytexan.  I dutifully put them all in trenches in the shade under the citrus in the fig cutting nursery.

We had heavy rain over the last two days, and yesterday I noticed this tiny leaf emerging with little figgy ridges and a strong stem.  Here it is today.

NormansYellow8-4-2014.jpg 

And here it is in relation to a sprig of grass for size reference.

NormansYellowEmerges.jpg     

Thank you Tim!  Today it will get it's own chicken wire cage to protect it from rabbits.  Others may grow too.  I buried all the cuttings you sent.

Woo hoo!

Suzi




Subject: A visit with friends and my first fig :) Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 429
 
That is a really nice story.  Thanks for sharing!

Suzi

Subject: It would have been my first Fig ever Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 518
 
I wouldn't count on those organza bags.  My birds peck right through them.  Rubber snakes lurking near the figs will keep birds away.  So far those plastic snap containers that cherry tomatoes come in have worked for me.  But netting is the best by far.  Unfortunately here, it's not just birds wanting the fruit.  BIG ole possums, raccoons, coyotes, stuff like that can pretty much gnaw through anything.  We have chain link around the entire back, but those buggers can climb.  The front has Wrought iron, so I guess a determined animal can squeeze through those bars.

Good luck with your next chance at your first fig.

Suzi

Subject: Battaglia Green Breba Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 594
 
Thanks for sharing your beautiful breba! 

Suzi

Subject: best greek fig (peloponnisiaka aspra sika) Replies: 34
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 3,616
 
Andreas, those are absolutely beautiful figs.  They look delicious!

Could you explain the flavor?  Like berry tasting, or rich, or nutty, crunchy?  Pretend you are describing wine....

I noticed you are confused about your zone.  When I visited Greece, it has many of the plants we have here in Southern California.  I'm not sure where Patra is in Greece, but we stood in the water one day near Posidon, and this warm wind blew, and it felt like home.  All of Greece, even the mountains, remind me of California.  It's sad we don't have your beautiful aqua Mediterranean seas here.

If your weather is humid, not dry, Florida zones would be similar to your spot in Greece, but if the weather is dry, and olives, vineyards, citrus, and poppies thrive, then Southern California Zones 9-10 would be closest.  Our zones are based on chill hours.  If the winters freeze for many days, then the zones are in the low numbers.  If there is very little freeze hours to none, then the zones are in the higher numbers.  It's always a guess for sure because within an area a higher elevation will be a different zone than a lower one.  I'm surrounded by zone 9, but I'm zone 9b because it's warmer here in winter, and cooler in summer... just a little, not much.  Much of Southern California is very dry.  The coast is cooler and inland is hotter, but it's still usually very dry.

Suzi

Subject: OT. Neighbors yard. Replies: 17
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 704
 
Congratulations Hershell!  It's great your daughter is going to be there.  My parents built next to my grandma when I was only 2 years old, and I loved living next to my grandparents.  I remember helping grandpa with picking berries, feeding the chickens, and grandma with her flowers.  He was so mad at his lemon for not producing, he half girdled it, and the thing thought it was going to die, so it started producing big time.  They must have had a brown turkey fig.  I remember the tree, but figs weren't my favorite.  I did love the blackberries.

Have fun with your new property!

Suzi

Subject: Productive tree Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 491
 
Wow!  Lots of figs in a BIG barrel!  How do you move that thing in the shuffle?  Amazing!

Suzi

Subject: Too much rain Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 337
 
Dennis, California wishes you could send it to us too!  It's unusually humid here now, and the newscasters predict thunder storms, but so far nada!

Suzi

Subject: Bastiges Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 519
 
forget the organza bags.  Whatever eats my figs, bites right through those bags!!  What a friggin waste of money!  I find comfort in those rubber snakes, bird scare tape, and the plastic snap containers that cherry tomatoes come in at the grocery.

Our birds destroy those bags.  Birds do respect a snake.  They actually don't wish to become dinner. 

Wondering what a furry stuffed cat would do?

Suzi

Subject: OT: Just Picked Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 610
 
The problem with forums is they become addictive, or get you addicted to something you never thought about.  Growing up, I knew there are tons of apple varieties, and I knew they don't grow in Southern California, until we moved to this home and discovered an old Anna Apple.  How could this be?  An apple in So CA?  Yep, and it's the best anyone I know has ever tasted!  They don't sell it at the grocery stores, but we got two now! 

I've heard of bananas and plantains in PA, and figs!  What are people thinking?  LOL!

So, now because of this thread, I will have to at least get another variety of Mango.......... 

Suzi

Subject: OT: Just Picked Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 610
 
waynea, I heard if you pick the pink ones when they start to turn yellow, they will ripen on your counter and the birds won't get them.  Is that true? 

Suzi

PS, Please go to your control panel and put your zone in the signature field, so we all know where you are...

Subject: OT: Just Picked Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 610
 
We just planted our first mango in March.  Manila variety.  I can't wait for mangos!  We have a pink tropical guava with it's first fruit.  It has 3 fruits.  Looking forward to trying those more.  I've tasted many mangos, but never a guava.

Suzi

Subject: Qalaat al Madiq Replies: 10
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 545
 
Another of the many casualties of the mother of all fungus gnat infestations.  I had rooted, growing cuttings.  BAM!  It's going back on my wish list.  I need to revise that soon.  I wanted it because of it's high Brix AKA sweetness scale.

A beauty!  Thanks for sharing!

Suzi

Subject: My figs/bananas/fish were featured on the 10 o'clock news :) Replies: 31
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 875
 
I had a hard time watching it.  We are too far from the DSL tower (and no fiber optic company is brave enough to run cable up this hill), so any video stops and starts, but I endured!  Very cool!  Hubby is diabetic and I told him we should get one of them thar tilapia farms, but after the eye rolling was finished, I put Talapia on my grocery list.  I love cooking it in lime juice for ceviche!

Hope they do a follow up in a few years and you can actually feed them some figs!

Good luck with all of it!

Suzi

Subject: The MotherInLaw's Fig Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,175
 
I have Adriatic and it's loaded with first year in ground figs.  Nice, healthy tree.  Fingers crossed the figs look and taste as good as yours (I know yours is really an unknown) when they ripen.

Suzi

Subject: Gag Me With A Fig Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 586
 
So Paul, you would put Anna's unknown up against Black Mission?  Wooooh!  That's kinda getting interesting.

I'd put Anna Apple up against Red delicious any day!

Suzi

Subject: Strawberrry Verte 2014 Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,022
 
See, I'm in a conundrum.  Do I have Strawberry Verte or just plain old Verte?  What I have is glorious.  These AKA thingies drive me nuts.  The fig I own is a good one, and it bears delicious figs.  The breba crop is almost gone.  But huge main crop showing.

Suzi

Subject: First fig of the season Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 655
 
Keep your head up!  You live in a place that figs don't naturally grow, and there are a few.  But you could beat our socks off on other fruits that grow in your state.  I was astounded I could grow an apple here.  Actually I would never have tried, but this old tree was here..........  Anna apple.  It likes heat.  You need figs that like cold.  Trade off.  But I will put my Anna up against any apple you can grow in Washington!  Dammn good apple!

Suzi

Subject: Tallest fig trees Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 384
 
Many grow 80' tall, but how do you harvest?

Suzi

Subject: Three new trees today Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 573
 
LOL!  Secret because I've successfully killed many, and I couldn't bear to post that this one died also.  I'll let the secret out if I get successful with it.  Clue.  BIG fig, delicious.

Suzi

Subject: Tallest fig trees Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 384
 
You want a one trunker or a multi trunker?  If you prune a fig to one trunk, it's mission is to grow tall, but if you let it sucker, no need.  Many figs are known for their height.  Verte is one.  And there are others.  It's your choice how you prune.

Suzi

Subject: There is Satisfaction in Watching the Eyes of a Guest taste your Figs Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 341
 
Well, the sandwiches were a challenge..  I live in a red neck town with no gourmet grocery stores in sight.  I went to the only chain here, and spotted Farmer John's thick cut Steak House bacon @7+ dollars a lb.  I grabbed it.  The guest said it was the best bacon he ever had, but he did not slip off his chair, which he did when he got that Verte! 

I highly recommend that bacon.  not cheap, but nothing really good is cheap.

Suzi

Subject: Three new trees today Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 573
 
Good luck with your new figs!  I have one (secret) coming on Monday or Tuesday.  Bare Rooted.  I will have a pot with damp well drained soil (soaked with BT) for it when it arrives on Monday, so easy transition.

Suzi

Subject: Hotel inspired by Figs Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 272
 
I think it's the name.  I use Firefox, and all worked fine.  These people are wanting your business in their luxury hotel.  They have fig leaf paintings over the beds... the theme, but, they are not selling figs.  It's just a theme for them.  Commerce.

Subject: There is Satisfaction in Watching the Eyes of a Guest taste your Figs Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 341
 
No photos, but today JD had an appointment with his late mom's financial adviser.  He wanted to meet the dude, and the dude wanted his money.

So, blah blah... I made sandwiches, served ice tea, and JD told him about our fig forum and how I have all these figs.

Prior to his leaving, he asked to taste one.  OMG!  PANIC!  But I know there are some softies out on that Verte.  So, I went out there, let one drop in my hand, sliced it in two, served it on a paper plate, and the dude slipped off the sofa it was that good!!

See, these things make me happy!

Suzi

Subject: Unknown Turkey main Replies: 3
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 257
 
Congrats Art!  Interesting your wife gave it a better score than you.  And kinda funny.  I have one fig (no names) that JD thinks is the best... he is learning to like figs, and I thought it was "so so."  Different strokes.  But he's the dude that doesn't care if the coffee is fresh ground or instant, so go figure!

Suzi

 

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