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Subject: What Could Be Better Than Figs? Replies: 8
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For me this is better, breakfast this morning. Eggs from my chickens with fresh ground black pepper, figs that I preserved, and bacon from the pig. Thank you pig.
"gene"


Subject: Date With Fig Leaf Tea Replies: 65
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Aaron, do a google search for the medicinal properties of mulberry tea. It's pretty potent.
"gene"

Subject: Date With Fig Leaf Tea Replies: 65
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,263
 
Sue, I'll have to try making tea with mine. It's still a small plant but I think I can safely harvest a few leaves. Then as you said, off to the next variety just to see if I can detect any differences.
"gene"

Subject: Date With Fig Leaf Tea Replies: 65
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,263
 
Today I tried a new tea. I was checking out some trees and notice how nice the mulberry leaves were. Since figs and mulberries are related I thought why not make a tea. Before I brewed it, I checked the internet for mulberry tea and found loads of info. So I brewed it with green leaves and it made a lovely tea but it tasted too green. Perhaps the dried leaves will be better. I will pick some tomorrow and dry them, then try again.
"gene"

Subject: OT Blueberry Scam. Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 444
 
If you click on the link and then look to the right hand side at the top there is a list. Click on the link "Little Giant Blueberries Video"     and you will get your answer.
"gene"

Subject: Date With Fig Leaf Tea Replies: 65
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,263
 
Aaron, I just chopped them coarsely on my cutting board and then boiled them for 5 minutes. Very good I thought, and now that you've got me thinking about it again and my trees have leaves, I think it's time to do it again.
"gene"

Subject: Date With Fig Leaf Tea Replies: 65
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,263
 
I've done the fresh green leaves and it was very refreshing and tasty. As you said DD, a hint of coconut.
"gene"

Subject: Fauzi’s figs Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,930
 
These all seem to be varieties that are mostly not in the USA, so does that mean you are overseas somewhere? Oh, and by the way, WELCOME.
"gene"

Subject: Question, when is the best time to replant my 15-year-old fig tree? Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,047
 
Cooper it's not to late to remove a lot of those sprouts. It will help the trees survive and you could have a better looking tree.
"gene"

Subject: Breba 2014 Replies: 23
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,029
 
Sue, the only good mockingbird is a dead mockingbird. That dark fig looks great and I hope they taste good.

Charles, if your LSU Gold is large enough to support he breba and then a main crop I would leave them. I ate some off my tree last year and they were worth keeping. My tree is going on 5 years old.

"gene"

Subject: OT -- Punk try to steal My Van Replies: 13
Posted By: genecolin Views: 666
 
Paul glad to hear you're alright. For Thanksgiving a family friend went to his car parked on the street in broad daylight to get something. Two thugs took the opportunity to take his cell and then shoot him in the back. He died instantly. He was visiting his parents who live here while he works with some church communities in MS. He had retired and was doing the Lord's work. So sad. 
"gene"

Subject: Happy birthday, Mgginva! Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 781
 
A very Happy Birthday to you Mike.
"gene"

Subject: OT: i'm getting old. just got new progressive lenses. Replies: 31
Posted By: genecolin Views: 841
 
Pete, I've been wearing progressive lens for at least 4 years now. The first pair took a little getting used to, as like when you look down at your desk and swing your head from side to side, it looked like the whole desk was moving. Also looking to the right or left with out moving my head, straight objects looked curved. That went away in time. My newest set doesn't have that effect as I think the sweet spot is wider. When I got these new ones a few months ago I had a new problem. If I looked at and object at least 10' away it was almost alright, but if I looked at something close as in reading I had a problem. I found out that if I closed my right eye and turned my head a little to the right it would clear up. The same to the other, if I closed my left eye and turned my head a little to the left, I could see clear. It seemed like the sweet spots were too far apart. The tech person checked my old glasses against the new ones and she said that they were only 1 mm off and that shouldn't make a difference. My response was, "no matter what you say, I still can see with them". She sent the back to be reworked and when they came in I could see perfectly. I'm not sure what they did but it sure made them work. You paid good money for them so tell them to fix them.
Good luck.
"gene"

Subject: Spring has sprung Replies: 10
Posted By: genecolin Views: 689
 
Great picture Sue, Spring has sprung down South also. I was gonna put up a post with the same title but I am a little behind in taking pictures. Maybe next week as we are going visit friends out of town this week end. Good luck on the slow and easy rain. I would send you some if I could, we've had more than our share. Looking for drier weather to get the spring garden started.
"gene"

Subject: SARI ZEYBEK any one growing this? Replies: 26
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When I've had small cutting decline like that it been due mostly to the presence of fungus gnat larvae. Take a cutting out of the soil and check under the rotting bark. If the larvae are present they will be small clear and hard to see but look closely near the remaining live part of the cutting under the loose bark. They are almost hair thin and 1/8 to 316 inch long with a black head. I'm hoping it's not gnats.
"gene"

Subject: OT Double Trouble Replies: 78
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Congrats gorgi, and to Mom and Pop too. More reasons to plant more trees.
"gene"

Subject: Anyone guys know this variety from france Replies: 29
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Great looking figs Martin. If all goes well I will have some cuttings this year from a friend. You've got me wanting them bad.
Thanks for the picture.
"gene"

Subject: May help with bird problem Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 902
 
I find it kinda pricey. I made one using metal conduit, electric fencing wire, and bird netting. It is 55 feet long and 20 feet wide. It cost me less that 200 dollars and protects 16 trees.
"gene"

Subject: Unknown from VA Replies: 20
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,219
 
Looks like a Brunswick and sounds like a Brunswick or Magnolia. The problem with them in La. is there is too much moisture to ripen them properly. Most of them spoil before they can be eaten. I had one and after three years of not being able to eat even one fig, it now rest in fig heaven.
"gene"

Subject: Root Riot Replies: 12
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Thimothy, yes you need a cover. There is one made for the root riot base that has vents on top or you can do as I did and use a clear tote and cover.
"gene"

Subject: A special Merry Christmas Replies: 28
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,190
 
Thanks Pete.
"gene"

Subject: A special Merry Christmas Replies: 28
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,190
 
A very Merry Christmas to one and all from the  bayous of South Louisiana although I'm enjoying sunny San Diego right now.

I wish I had the time to visit Jon, Sue and Richard but time is short. We are here for the birth of our grandson, our sons first. All went well and everyone is overjoyed.
"gene"

Subject: Merry Christmas! Replies: 5
Posted By: genecolin Views: 390
 
Good morning and Merry Christmas Sue. Linda and I are in sunny San Diego for Christmas to visit with our newborn grandson. I don't think I can drag grandma away from the baby long enough to make a visit as we will be leaving on Sat. I hope and pray that the coming year is a Blessed one for you.
"gene" and Linda



Subject: Let's give BLB (Barry) a big dose of holiday cheer Replies: 46
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,185
 
Ricci, when you visit him, carry with you all the well wishes and prayers from us.
"gene"

Subject: OT: Seeking seeds Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 708
 
John, here is one I've bought from before.
Baker Creek Heirloon Seeds who's web site is
http://www.rareseeds.com

Subject: Beware: Monsanto at it again Replies: 79
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,833
 
I think the defendants in these cases take the wrong approach. Instead trying to prove that they haven't stolen anything from Monsanto, rather they should turn the tables on them by claiming that Monsanto is the intruder and destroying our fields of open pollinated and diverse crops. Or, just as insurances companies don't cover "acts of God" then farmers should be allow to use "acts of God" as a defense.  What next, air? Will they patent a type of air and they claim the worlds owns them for it. Wake up people, all these things are controlled by whom we vote for.
"gene'

Subject: My new greenhouse Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 730
 

James I just roll up the door and that usually does it. If the weather really get hot, like in the 80's then I open all the windows to. In the summer I don't use it for anything as it gets too hot even when open.
"gene''


Subject: My new greenhouse Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 730
 
Dallas, I have one similar and when the sun is shining and the temps in the mid sixties it can easily get to over 100 degrees inside. I have a remote temp sensor inside  and outside mine to keeps tabs on whats going on. I use a small heater with thermostat for freezing weather. You may have fried those plants.
"gene"

Subject: Mario's Fig Tree Cuttings Available Replies: 39
Posted By: genecolin Views: 3,191
 
Thanks Bill for taking this on again. You're the most generous.
"gene"

Subject: LSU GOLD Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,243
 
Brian my tree is loaded with some of them being large. I ate a couple during the week that weren't quite as sweet as the earlier ones but the chickens like them as much as I do, but still no eggs. I'm about to threaten them with a chicken stew.
"gene"

Subject: GNAT! Replies: 46
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,920
 
tyler, I did an experiment with some summer cuttings this year similar to what you're talking about. Instead of wrapping the filter around the cup, I cut the filter to fit in the cup covering the drainage holes. I then poured about an inch of sand in the cup to hold the filter in place. I added my planting mix and planted the cuttings and then added about 1 inch of sand on top. I found no evidence of gnats in those cups while there were plenty of them flying around and in other cups without the sand. I also used permethrin in my first watering in case there were eggs in the soil mix.
"gene"

Subject: Hollier ???'s Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 792
 

Ryan, I think it has to do with the lateness of the season. My Hollier's first figs were ripening during all the rain of June and July. I now have a second crop but most of them are not ripening. I think the trees have spend themselves. I have a couple of others trees that produced some early figs and now have a second crop that are falling.

"gene"


Subject: LSU Tiger Root Bound SIP. Planted in ground today. (Pics) Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,075
 
James you should do something to cut those roots even if you have to remove it from the ground. If not you're only asking for trouble. Cutting the roots will cause a lots of small feeder roots to branch out get the tree growing properly. Another note, I'm not sure how scientific this is but I was always told to dig a square hole so that the root will not grow out and hit the packed soil and start growing in a circle again. With a square hole the roots will hit the corner and start growing outwards.
"gene"

Subject: Violet de Bor-Diva! Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 709
 
A friend gave me a LSU Purple that she got from a nursery. It looked to be at least 3 seasons old and was badly shaped, all lop sided and in a 3 gallon nursery pot. I needed to water it every day to keep it happy. I finally pulled it from the pot, pruned it in a more proper shape, root pruned it, and moved it up to a 7 gallon pot. Now it is happy and is putting on it's third crop of figs this year.
"gene"

Subject: Improved Celeste & O'Rourke pics Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,535
 
Nice pictures Pete. My O'Rourke hasn't been bothered by the rain. We've had days with 3 inches and weeks with up to 7 inches and my O'Rourke has been steadily cranking out figs since July. Not one split or soured. It's been an everbearing tree continually adding and ripening figs. I also love the sweet flavor. My tree is second year in the ground.
"gene"

Subject: Thank You, Bobby for LSU Scott's Black! Replies: 4
Posted By: genecolin Views: 494
 
Suzi, the link below has some info about Scott's Black. We were told at the LSU field day this year that it would be released in the near future by a private company and it may carry a different name when that happens, but it's gonna be up to the new owners.

Here is the link:

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/opinions-of-scotts-black-figs-please-4818203?highlight=scotts+black

"gene"

Subject: Lesions On My Strawberry Verte Replies: 15
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,178
 
Note: left untreated they will suck the life out of your tree. I lost one young tree last year because I didn't detect them early enough.
"gene"

Subject: A Few Frozen Figs For Winter Consumption Replies: 17
Posted By: genecolin Views: 960
 
Frank, I met an elder gentleman a couple of years back that while we were discussing figs told me that he freezes a lot of figs. He had several BT trees which produces loads of figs that were tasty but not quite sweet enough for him. He'd peel them, add a little sugar and mashes them well. He then puts them in little cups with lids and froze them. When he wanted to eat some, he took a cup out of the freezer and put it on the counter to defrost a little and then ate it as ice cream. I haven't tried it yet as I haven't had a good season since he told me this.
"gene"

Subject: My new BFF ------> Kathleen Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,005
 
Frank when mines grow up I want it to be just like yours. Until then I try to be patient.
"gene"

Subject: Looking like Spring all over again. (Picture heavy) Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 934
 
Thanks Ryan, if you're ever in Houma drop in and say hello. Yes the netting makes a big difference.
"gene"

Subject: Sodus Sicilian Replies: 59
Posted By: genecolin Views: 3,305
 
Great story, now you've got us wanting to see the figs.
"gene"

Subject: Help in clearing up confusion over Ischia Black Replies: 56
Posted By: genecolin Views: 3,598
 
I got my Black Ichia from Dick also and was told the same story as Martin posted. It has been a slow grower as it's 3 years old and only 3 foot tall. Here are some pictures of the leaves and figs. I don't know if the helps or hinders but this is what I have.





Young leaves


Mature leaves






Preto on left, BI on right


Bi on left, Preto on right




Subject: Looking like Spring all over again. (Picture heavy) Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 934
 
Barry let's just hope and pray we get to eat some. Good luck to you Frank. Brian I starting to look for that first egg. It shouldn't be long.
"gene"

Subject: Looking like Spring all over again. (Picture heavy) Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 934
 
Thanks everyone for looking. Dale I can't answer that question yet. The only one that is ripening now is Mead. It is mild in flavor and not very sweet, but then again those or lower on the branch without leaves. It shouldn't be long before the one with leaves ripen and I'll be able to judge the difference. The best so far are the O'Rourkes, boy I like the flavor of that fig. Also I have one named Ventura that is putting out green figs with deep red interior. It is ugly but sure is great tasting. I only have a couple left but I'll try to get a picture of a ripe one.

I also wanted to put up a picture of my fig tree guards. Hopefully they will help me have better figs next year.






Subject: Looking like Spring all over again. (Picture heavy) Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 934
 
I was out and about this morning feeding the chickens and transplanting a couple of small trees from cups to pots and decided to check out my orchard for ripe figs. As I walked through them I begin to realize how pretty and green the trees are with their new leaves and I have as many figs on my trees as I did in the spring. Now that the weather is dry, perhaps I'll get to sample more of them. Summer temps usually last late into October and some years even beyond, so there is a good chance that many of them will ripen. Here are a few pictures taken this morning. Some seems to be breba but they're not, just leaves that have fallen because of rust.
Enjoy,
"gene"

China White


Paradiso "Gene's" in foreground and Cajun Gold in background.


J.H. Adriatic


Strawberry (local heirloom)


Hollier


LSU Tiger


O'Rourke


Cajun Gold


Tena




Subject: Evening Mish Mash Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 583
 
That look great Frank, but one word of caution. I see that some of them are split, just make sure none have soured as one soured fig will ruin the whole jar. Been there and done that. Thanks for posting.
"gene"

Subject: If you could only keep one. Replies: 61
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,843
 

Considering all factors, sweetness, taste, production etc. I also take Celeste at this time. I have a hundred I haven't tasted yet but one that might take away the title from Celeste is O'Rourke, which is an improved Celeste. My tree is young, second year in ground, and it has produced around 50 figs this year of which they all ripened or are ripening with not one split or sour with all the rain we've had. Also the rain hasn't affected the taste. It rain all fig season last year and this year and the figs taste very sweet and yummy. I don't know how they'll hold up to preserving, only time will tell. I hope to have a dry year to really get a good taste of them. If they improve from a year like this one then I can't wait.

OMOTM, Steve I glad to hear that about the Enola #3. Mine will go in the ground this fall. Do you also have the #1 and #2 to compare it too.


"gene"


Subject: Got a call from USDA!!! Replies: 80
Posted By: genecolin Views: 3,761
 
Give him some Brown Turkeys.
"gene'

Subject: My Visit to Encanto Farms Nursery Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,510
 
Jon, Sorry to say but no that wasn't my driveway but here are a couple of shots from that era and my set of wheels and dress. Hope you enjoy.

Who would have thought.


Subject: My Visit to Encanto Farms Nursery Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,510
 


Of course we'd need more than one.
"gene"

 

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