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Subject: Dealing with cuttings - my way Replies: 30
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 2,298
You are awesome Pen. I think this is going to be the answer I've been searching for. I will try to find some mosaic in my area. Your system makes much sense to me. Like others, I find that my rooted cuttings do really well, and then collapse just before or soon after transfer to the gallon pots. I will use your system for my next batch of cuttings and leave them in the cups a little longer. Thank you for sharing this information.

Buffalo, NY
zone 5-6

Subject: Cuttings for trade or postage Replies: 19
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 2,466
Thank you Marcus. Great trade. Very generous of you to share with us. I'm excited that they are from Sicily & Italy. Some of my family are from there. It would be great to see some pictures of your Wife's Grandfathers trees. 40 year old trees must be amazing to see. Are they planted in ground same area as you?

I was thinking about them probably being cold hardy. Us Northeast growers are always on the hunt for varieties that can withstand colder temps.

Thanks, Eve

Subject: Thanks giving Replies: 13
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 1,096
Happy Thanksgiving to all !! I am blessed by knowing this Fig forum Family.


Subject: My UC Davis Research trip w/Pics Replies: 22
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 2,612
Thanks for sharing your information with us. My Barnisotte has not ripened its fruits yet. A few formed, but this cold weather ended it. Hopefully next season.
I will be watching for future posts on your UC Davis visit/research. You must have sampled some amazing tasting figs. My trees are asleep in the basement, so I enjoy reading about your journey and dreaming of a warmer, sunnier 2012.

Buffalo, NY

Subject: Cuttings for trade or postage Replies: 19
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 2,466
Hi Marcus,

I sent you a PM too. Very kind of you to offer these.


Subject: 6 Cuttings On Wish List Replies: 176
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 17,501
OK-this is some fun! Love every fig i have. Best fun ever to grow them.
Im wishing for:
1. Unknown Pastiliere
2. Negretta
3. Black Tuscan

Next season, im thinking many of mine will be old enough to share with members. Even MORE fun. ; )

Thanks, Eve

Subject: Cajun Gold (aka LSU Gold not) Replies: 3
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 853
Wow!.....just beautiful flush of figs. What a sight. None of mine have done this yet. What is the age of your tree?

Thanks, Eve

Subject: Fig collection in Kansas - some photos Replies: 10
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 945
So beautiful. Thank you for sharing these pics. What variety is planted in ground?


Subject: Free cuttings for the fall Replies: 18
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 1,566
Hi Marius, if you still have it, i would love to have a couple cuttings of Tacoma Violet and petite Aubique. This is very generous of you. Hopefully im not too late. Im sending you a pm.

Thanks, Eve

Subject: My First Figs!!!! Replies: 21
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 969
Hi Vito,
Very nice pics. I love the PVC frame. I see a blue tarp in the background. Is this to start and end the season with a litle protection from the cold? I like it. There is a south facing wall here that could be used the same way.

You have a great collection going there. I could see that some are starting to reach some maturity. I could see one in the foreground with a good size trunk. My oldest tree here is now 11 years old. It is so fun when they start to produce.

A word of warning though- I lost some that were young due to allowing them to over-fruit while very young. Knock off the fruits if too many form on a young tree. You will save it's life/even though it will be hard to sacrifice them.

I am in zone 5-6, near Buffalo,NY. Where are you located in NY?


Subject: Seeking Paradise Replies: 18
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 1,090
Thank you GeorgiaFig, that was a beautiful and true way of expressing our attraction to the Fig trees. You captured it in words real well. I really appreciated that.

Near Buffalo, NY

Subject: Easter 2011 Replies: 24
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 1,188
Happy Easter to all. Amen, Bass and Snaglpus. Praise and Glory to Him who is risen and blessings to all.

Eve, near Buffalo,NY

Subject: Florea Replies: 5
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 1,115
Thanks for this information. My Florea is only about 8-9 inches tall, but stocky. I will plan on trying it in the ground after another couple years. I've already made a note on it's tag. I'm really glad to know about this.

Subject: Figs from WA, AUSTRALIA..some more! Replies: 13
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 1,292
Great pictures of some mouth watering fig varieties. I wish I could teleport myself to Australia for a big snack of those delicious looking figs. Too sad that there is no way of getting cuttings to me here in the states. Thanks for posting these beauties!

Eve, Buffalo,NY

Subject: Here's one for us Puppy/Dog lovers Replies: 12
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OK. That was cute! Really cute dog too! Haha. The mass-media popularization of wearing a fig leaf could happen after this pic gets out. I'll help it along by sewing a couple fig themed appliques to my jacket. Ya never know! I am half joking!
Buffalo, NY 5-6 (I guess this makes me a 'Buffalo Gal')

Subject: Just posted a new fig video! Replies: 27
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 1,240
That was a very fun video to watch. I checked out all your other videos. Informative and made me want to go wild foraging too. Oh for a fresh fig right now.........and maybe some kelp and goumi on the side... Ha ;)

Subject: Atreano and Energy Reserves Replies: 6
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Best of luck with rooting Wildforager. I'm going fig hunting in the D.C. area again at the middle of February. Hope to get some nice cuttings to root for the August trade.

Thanks Paully, for sharing your experience. I'm going to continue my experiment but will pay close attention to the cautions that you mentioned. You gave me good advice. This might end up as a waste, or maybe not. Meanwhile, watching these figs develop, is good Winter fun for me. Everywhere outside, it is cold and bleak with the snow-but I look at this tree and the sight of the light green leaves popping out and the hard little figs forming and even the smell of the fig tree- well I guess it's part of the fig addiction and part of longing for Spring.


Subject: Atreano and Energy Reserves Replies: 6
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Thanks Wildforager, I want to see if I can get both crops to ripen. I will try the compost tea. I airlayered several for friends from this tree last season. I still have one extra-it's yours if you want it. This Atreano is different from my other Atreano. Super productive with a deep red color to the interior of the fruits. And sweet with figgy flavor.


Subject: Atreano and Energy Reserves Replies: 6
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Hi, while waiting for Spring and Jons cuttings list, I experimented with one of my Atreano trees.  I kept it in a pot, @ 50*F, in the dark at the beginning of dormancy and then increased daily increments of light. This was to see what if it would put on a breba crop.  Sure enough, it did and it has been moved to a 65* F location, full light, and watered with a diluted fertilizer. Question is, if the figs grow to maturity, will the main crop still form and when?  Will both the ripening breba crop be present as well as the main crop?  If this tree was growing in a warmer location, then I know the answer would be yes.  But it is in a large pot and I am giving it an artificial "Spring".

The tree is 6 ft tall, multi branched, carrying about 40 brebas, with most being about 2 inches long.  The breba figs are all elongated in shape.  The leaves are just beginning to break bud.

I am just having a spot of fun, experimenting with this tree.  I chose this tree because it has shown an astounding energy in growth ability and fruit production.  It started to crop with abundance at the 4th year.  Also shot up in a sudden growth spurt to its current height of 6 ft.  I just love this tree and it's figs have a flavor I enjoy.  This one came from RR.  I have a backup, in case this exhausts the tree. 

I know Herman would say to "knock them off" but I'm just too curious and want to see what will happen and how they will taste. I plan on pinching when the 4th to 5th leaves form. 

Can a fig tree growing in a pot, have enough energy reserves to produce both crops?  How much and how often should I fertilize to support all this output?

Thanks, Eve
Buffalo, NY 5-6

Subject: Past Season (Fond Memories) 2010 Replies: 10
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 856
After a long wait, (few years) many of my trees produced for the first time.  And the more mature trees gave me alot to be thankful for.  Here are some pictures to share that help to pass the time until Spring.  Eve

Each time I could pick a plate full, I felt so pleased, happy and of coarse thankful.

Zone 5-6 near Buffalo, NY

Subject: More complex than we think? Replies: 4
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 893
Atreano has ripened in my fig cellar, in the dark, for the past two years. The figs are hard and green when I bring them in for storage. They swell, soften and droop, but don't gain deep color. This year, Violet de Bordeaux, White Atriana, Martin's Unknown (not Emilia Romagna) and Magnolia have all ripened a few figs each in the dark cellar. The temperature is 45* F down there. Soon, it will get a little cooler. The Violet de Bordeaux and the White Triana tasted just as sweet and figgie as the ones that ripened in the warm sun.

I think you are onto something Jon. It must be that they had reached a stage of "readiness to ripen" maturity. Tricky Figgies!

Near Buffalo, NY
Zone 5-6

Subject: propagate sukers. Replies: 25
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 1,679
Hi John. Yes, figs can survive in zone 5 with lots of protection. Here the method that has worked well for the past few Winters.

My in-ground clump is 9 feet long X 3 feet wide.

There are garden posts pounded in the ground, 2-3 feet apart. They are positioned around the perimeter of the 9 x 3 fig clump. They are 5 foot posts, so 1 foot is under the ground and 4 feet are above.
There is a row of 6 foot posts pounded through the middle of the fig clump/bushes the long way about every 2-3 feet. These higher garden posts help to create a peaked roof when a tarp is put over everything in the last step.
(I usually trim the clump to a 3.5 foot height.)

Insert heavy black roofing paper between the posts and the fig trunks.
This creates a rectangle of heat absorbing black paper that also blocks the
wind. From trial and error, I've learned to push 4-5 inches of the black paper flat to the ground to help create a barrier against moles, voles and mice.

Next comes a layer of R-15 aluminum faced bubble wrap insulation. This can be purchased at H.Depot or Lowes. I found some on the Internet, but that was 6 years ago, so prices will have changed. My roll was 50 feet long and 5 feet high.

The bubble insulation is inserted between the black roofing paper and the fig clump/trees. Again, 5-6 inches are pushed flat against the ground, cutting slits to facilitate the bubble insulation being able to be flat on the ground. (critter barrier)
About 1 foot of bubble insulation will be higher than the fig clump/tree.

The interior of the fig clump is loosely filled with DRY, clean straw, leaves or newspapers. If it is damp, then a moldy mess will form.

Once the interior is filled with the straw, then the remaining foot of bubble insulation is folded toward the middle of the fig clump/tree. Cuts are made as needed to help the wrap to fold inward.

An additional 9 foot length of bubble wrap is laid on the top of the fig bush clump. Since some air circulation prevents too much condensation/mold, the top length is placed loosely on top and not weighted down. Insulation is wanted, but not suffocation.

A large plastic tarp is placed over the whole clump and then a second tarp. The bottom edge of the tarp that laps against the ground is weighted down with heavy rocks to keep our strong winds from causing rips.

In March or April, I remove the tarps and the first layer of bubble insulation wrap, from the top of the clump. On sunny days with higher Spring temps, the flaps are opened to let the fig branches start to warm up and breath. The straw is left in place. If a Spring frost is predicted, then the top layer of insulation wrap is put back on for the night and removed in the morning. If it is windy, then the top piece of insulation has to be weighted with a few boards or rocks so it won't blow off.

When temps are getting fairly higher in April-May, the straw is removed and the insulation bubble wrap is pulled out. Only the black roofing paper is left in place.
My clump is planted next to the Southern exposure of my barn. The sun hits the black roofing paper and is absorbed, helping to give the figs a good start. When temps are safely warm, the black roofing paper is removed. After four years, my fig clump has become an aggressive grower, so frequent pinching and occasional major pruning are needed.

I chose Hardy Chicago and Celeste as my in-ground varieties. Of these two. Hardy Chicago wins as the best in-ground variety for my climate. I have found that it has higher productivity when fruiting branches are kept shorter than 3 feet in length. It also does better as a bush/clump. Great tasting fig that ripens even in cooler Fall temps with no splitting.

Important to note that these figs were planted outdoors in the ground after they were 4 years old. A younger plant would most likely suffer or demise from our Winters.

Hope this is helpful. I am sure other materials could be substituted for insulation.

Thanks, Eve
near Buffalo, NY

Subject: Overwintering figs in Pittsburgh Replies: 5
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Thanks for sharing this article Matt. I enjoyed it. Seems that Mr. Vaccaro has the fig-fever like the rest of us. LOL.
I admire and share his determination to enjoy fresh figs here in cooler climates.
Nice that he visits Italy/family every January. Sounds like a good life.

Near Buffalo, NY

Subject: propagate sukers. Replies: 25
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 1,679
Thanks Jason. Very informative clip. I found it helpful and entertaining. Walter Reeves is pleasant to listen to and offered a useful and successful method.

I recently detached some suckers from my in-ground Hardy Chicago and was in a hurry, so didn't take as many roots as I should have. They struggled to survive and did make it, but it is good to be reminded on the importance of including a good root mass when detaching suckers from the mother plant.

Near Buffalo, NY

Subject: Another fig lover is born? Replies: 28
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 1,426
Congrats!! This is a beautiful blessing-thanks for sharing with us. It is the best of times to raise little ones. And of coarse, your little one will enjoy figs !


Subject: Beware Fungus Gnats! Replies: 10
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Hi, yes you could grind the mosquito dunks up, dissolve in water and water with the mixture or try these products that CJ(jenia)told me about. Look up Gognats & Gnatrol, on the Internet.
Both products sound like they would work [U]and thanks to CJ[/B] for searching for and finding these products. I am considering ordering both since I'm bound to need them in the greenhouse plus I really want these gnats to be gone.
The gnats are a pain and so far I'm still seeing them in the little trees.

To Gorgi, thanks, I'll try some sticky fly strips too.

Zone 5b-6

Subject: A Visit with Bass Replies: 8
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Hi Jenia,

It sounds like a "must see" kind of place. It is on my list of places to go. Thanks for the great description and thanks for the laugh about fig stealth mode. The delivery truck was at my house this week and just a "few more trees" had to be sneaked into my house too. Lol

Subject: Beware Fungus Gnats! Replies: 10
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Hi C.J,

Mosquito dunks are available at Home Depot in the gardening section. They are shaped like a donut, dissolve slowly while floating in water, and are used in ponds, birdbaths, pet water dishes and standing water to control mosquitoes. The active ingredient is the BT. (Bacillus Thuringiensis v. Israelensis in a solid form) I don't think I would add it to a pet's water dish? But they work good in my rain barrels.

I put them in a heavy duty freezer bag and tapped them with a hammer to break them up to a rough powder. I mixed in 4 cups of diatomaceous earth with the ground up dunks and dusted the top of the soil with it. It has to be reapplied after watering to keep some of the dry mix on top.

After a couple more weeks, I will post a follow up on this method. This may not work, so if anybody else has had success with another method, please share. I don't want to go through that gnat problem again. They are beasts. Lol


Subject: Beware Fungus Gnats! Replies: 10
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 1,973
So, I was seeing some fungus gnats on the young trees that I will be keeping inside my house for the winter. I decided to try a mixture of Diatomaceous Earth and ground up Mosquito Dunks (2 Dunks to 4 cups D. Earth) to terminate them. Diatomaceous Earth is used in pool filters, as a mild abrasive,as an absorbent for liquids, as cat litter, and as a mechanical insecticide. It is made up of fossilized diatoms, a type of hard shelled algae. It is 90% silica,2-4% alumina from clay minerals and .5 to 2% iron oxide.

I use it in my garden to control aphids and it has eliminated the Gooseberry sawflies. Our family dog doesn't get fleas, because we carefully dust her with D.E. during the flea season. It has to be re-applied to plants after a hard rain and care must be taken not to breath in a big cloud of it, if it is a windy day. It could irritate if a large amount was breathed in. I find it to be a great organic, natural pest controller.

It can be purchased at Home Depot or over the Internet from a variety of venders.

There is even a food grade Diatomaceous Earth that can be ingested by humans as a source of silica and as an anti-helminthic. It kills bed bugs, so could be a great way to address that big problem. Under a microscope, the particles are sharp and irregularly shaped. These diatom particles pierce soft insect bodies and desiccate them. It kills by physical action, not chemical, by puncturing the insect's exoskeleton and absorbing the moisture in their bodies.

My trees are on treatment day #3, since sprinkling the top layer of soil, in their gallon pots, with the dry mix of Diatomaceous Earth and ground up Mosquito dunks. I added in the ground up mosquito dunks because they contained B.T. (Bacillus Thuringiensis v. Israelensis in a solid form)Other forum members have had a measure of gnat control from watering their young fig trees with some mosquito dunks dissolved in water.

So far, I don't see anymore gnats. But I plan to continue the treatment for the next month. Fungus gnats take six days to hatch, feeding on tender roots for 2 weeks, then pupate for less than a week in the soil and emerge as adults. And on it goes, ruining young fig trees. I don't know what the long term effects will be on my fig trees, but will be posting again in a couple weeks to update and report the results. Since it is a desiccant, I was careful to keep the powdered mix off the leaves and stems as well as the little tree trunks. I think this is going to work and if it does, it would be great if other forum members could benefit.

Eve (zone 5b)

Subject: Best figs at your location Replies: 308
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 76,645
Buffalo,NY Zone 5b

Many are in my trial-so looking towards next Summer to see which ones perform and how well. I am just as addicted as the rest of you. lol

For Summer of 2010:

Hardy Chicago- got about 100 off each tree/bush. Very rich and super sweet and still ripening with decent taste in cooler temps with rain.

Unknown Mission variant- Very similar to Hardy Chicago, some are still ripening and the flavor is good.

English Brown Turkey- Super sweet but not very figgie, also still ripening it's fruit with decent flavor.

Excell- did great until the rains started, the figs are still ripening but each one
gets a split.

Flanders- some are ripening right now, so In a couple more days or so, I will sample it.

Violet de Bordeau- wow!! Very tasty and still ripening the last few. These were
super tasting.

Also have LSU Gold, LSU Purple, Conadria, Magnolia, Texas Blue Giant, Black Madiera, Tarentella, White Triana, Stella and Atreano that each made a few figs, but I don' t know if they will ripen

Many more varieties are just babies, so this will change next season.


Subject: Please tell me how to get rid of 1 smart chipmunk Replies: 21
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Well now, here is something for rats too. They are very smart and so you need to trick them. Drill a single hole through the end of each heavy duty, rat trap. (The kind with the spring loaded tension bar.) Attach a length of chain or heavy 16 Gauge wire through the hole and secure the trap so it can't be dragged away. I attach mine to a 3 foot section of rebar, pounded into the ground. For a few days, bait the trap-but don't set the spring bar. You will be feeding the rats and they will soon trust this as a safe source of food because the trap won't be springing on them. After a few days, it is time for the trick. Bait the trap and set it too. You will get your rats. Hope no forum members are offended by this. I am a kind person but have a practical nature. Rats are carriers of disease. They are bold by nature and multiply too fast. The water bucket won't work as well for rats as they are strong swimmers. Also, to protect my dog and my neighbors dog from the trap, there is a heavy wooden crate tipped over the trap with a section cut out for a rat doorway.

Subject: Please tell me how to get rid of 1 smart chipmunk Replies: 21
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Dennis, Hi, I am Eve Hayes, from near Buffalo,NY. Growing about 120 trees right now in containers. The 4 oldest trees are loaded with over 100 figs each. We just had a great trade out this way with Wildforager. Lots of fun.... and good trees. I had a chippi problem here too and a friend shared this method.Some forum members might become upset at the killing of these cute rodents. At first, I too, thought they were so cute. But 1 chipmunk soon turned into many fig eating chippies. I was overrun by them and they were getting all the figs and other fruits. Take a five gallon bucket and fill it half way with water. Dump a few handfulls of Sunflower seeds on the top of the water. They will float. Lean a length of wood board or old piece of siding against the pail. This will be their ramp. Put a few Sunny seeds on the ramp to bait them to the top. The edge of the board hangs over the lip of the pail by only an inch or two. The chipmunks think they have found the mother load and they dive in and drown. End of the chipmunks. Sorry if this is way too cruel, but If you don't get rid of them now, then they will multiply rapidly and you will be over-run by them. Some of them even got in our house and chewed some wires, causing damage and other problems. They also began tunneling everywhere, including under the roots of some young fruit trees, which died from it. It can be difficult to pellet gun them because they are very smart and quickly learn to move out of range fast. Hope this helps and does not offend anyone. I thought maverick's way was more humane and I tried something similar to catch and release first but had to go the other way when those wires got chewed up. Eve

Subject: How many air layers per tree? Replies: 3
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Hello all, I have a six foot tall Atreano that made several suckers. I air layered six of them and cut off/potted up 4more. This tree is young at 4 years old. The first day after I layered the six suckers, the leaves were a little wilted. I gave it a drink and put it in the shade. Two days later, the tree looks great. No more wilted leaves. Is there a limit to how many air layers that a tree can support? My Atreano has a 1.5" diameter trunk. Thanks, Eve

Subject: Frost Possible Chicago Outlying Area Replies: 44
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Thanks Martin.  I pay attention to your weather warnings.  Cold here in NY also.  I brought all my trees in.  There are 74 of them and the barn might have been a little too cold.  So, I brought them ALL into the house, as the greenhouse is not done being built.  Wow, was my hubby ever surprised.  Love your posts and your great pictures Martin.

Eve/ near Buffalo, NY zone 6 

Subject: Hoping for Armenian Replies: 3
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A big thank you to cmdrzog, FTPLTD, and rafed.  These fig friends have been very helpful and I will be getting the needed Armenian fig.  You are all awesome.  I am really excited to make this trade.  Thank you for your help.

 I sent you a private message rafed. 

Subject: Hoping for Armenian Replies: 3
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Hello to all.  I am hoping that someone will have either cuttings, or a plant, I can purchase of an Armenian fig.  It is not for me, as I passed it over in favor of others, when ordering scion.  I want to use it in a trade. 

I'm always scouting for other local fig lovers.  To make a long story short,  I was led to yet another owner of a large greenhouse, who really wants  the Armenian.  If one can be supplied to him, then he will let cuttings be taken from his lovely dark fig tree.  It is full of the Brevas  and they are big as a fist, dark black with a red interior.  I am hoping that someone will have the Armenian, so I can make this trade.  Anybody??

I tried Jon and Bass, but they didn't have it anymore for this year.  Anyway, I sure am hoping someone can help me out on this.  I will be happy to pay or exchange for some of the cuttings.

Thanks, Eve

Subject: Preference For Total Sweetness or Good Flavour ? Replies: 15
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Martin,  I have both VdB from El and two really nice trees labeled Negronne from Northwoods Nursery(aka One Green W.) I have a third that is the petite item. Also  rooting some cuttings of another VdB.  None of mine have fruited yet-but it sure will be fun and tasty to check out the differences.  I will try that thing with just the skin.

Paully,  any fig is better than no fig at all, but I do prefer rich and figgy over sweetness.  I like a flavor and that nice little crunch.  Come on Springtime, hurry up.

near Buffalo, NY

Subject: chicken proof and fade proof tags Replies: 21
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I would love to get some chickens like those.  They are just beautiful, even if they do beat you to the figs.  Really nice name tags-thanks for sharing.

near Buffalo(BRRR) NY

Subject: Planning a fig growers meeting Replies: 51
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Bass,  count me in too.  April 17/18 is better, but I can make on the 24/25 too. It would be great to meet Bill from Jersey.  I was intrigued by his method and plan to try it this season on a couple trees.  Seeing his set up would be cool- but it would be equally cool to see your set-up Bass.  Either way, count me in. 

Eve, near Buffalo,NY

Subject: Your 2010 Fig Hopes Replies: 12
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2009 grow-season was soooo rainy. I still got some tasty figs to mature and so I am full of optimism for 2010.  I hope for sunny days and many ripe figs for us all. 

More varieties were added to my little collection this past Fall and I keep thinking about them and imagine them even fruiting for me. 

The varieties that I want are Scotts Black, the lovely reddish stemmed Negretta(I just want to have the Negretta so I can watch it's beautiful red tints as it grows and any fruit would be a bonus), Unknown Pastileire, Maltese Falcon,  Col de Dame and Martin's Unknown.

I am going to build a reinforced HF green house and extend my short season with it.  That is going to be exciting and fun. 

My last 3 wishes/hopes are:

#1. To learn to post my pictures here so I can share.

#2. To be able to share and spread my fig addiction(I prefer fig adoration) with my friends, and neighbors.  There must be so many others, who would like to grow figs and just don't know how fun and possible that it is to be successful, even in our cooler NorthEast area.
#3. For figs to become a part of each of my children's heritage/lives.  I want them to understand all that the fig stands for.  From the heart,

Buffalo, NY area
zone 6  brrrrrrr


Subject: Bring in House or Leave in Cellar? Replies: 2
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Hi, I could use some help in deciding what to do with some of my figs.  They are in my fig cellar. (40-45 degrees F.) I live South of Buffalo, NY.  Some were starts this past Spring and some were purchased plants.  I got lots of figs from them-thanks to the great posts from all of you. (Thank you Herman for pinching  info!)  They dropped their leaves this fall and I moved them into the "fig cellar."  They have all stayed nicely asleep---except for the Alma, Excell and both LSU Golds.  They have refused to stay asleep. These varieties have sprouted new growth that has no pigment.  The little Brebas are starting to grow too.  It is cream colored growth because they are in the dark.  I know that these 4 trees are expending energy by sprouting.  I am worried about these trees losing energy by sprouting now and not resting a bit.  They are all 1st. year starts and are the ones that have not fruited for me yet.  The growth is not too spindly yet.  Do I cut this growth off? or bring the 4 trees into the warmth of my house? The Excell was a vigorous grower, shot up to five feet tall this season.  The Alma is a little 14" tree and the LSU Golds are both three footers.  All suggestions are appreciated.  This has not happened ever before.  I have been storing other plants in the cellar for many years without this type of problem occuring.  I have an older BT that has always stayed dormant in this cellar.

Thanks, Eve, zone 6, NY  

Subject: I finally won a contest Replies: 19
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Hi Bass,  Your gooseberry photo is just beautiful.  Thank you for sharing it here.  I have the Tixia, but it has not fruited yet.  Hopefully it will this Spring and I also hope the fruits will be as good as your photo. Yum.
Buffalo,NY zone 6

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 2,294
Hi Bill.  I was very interested in your post.  All of my figs are sleeping quietly in my fig cellar, except for the Alma and the LSU Gold.  These two varieties have refused to rest and are now putting out new leaves and fruit.  The fig cellar is cool and completely dark, so the leaves and the young figlets have no green pigment on them.  They are a cream color.  I have decided that these two varieties are so vigorous, that they still want to produce and I have decided to bring them into the sun room for the winter.  But it might be better to leave them in the cellar? I'm not sure, but I need to make a decision about them soon.  Has anyone else experienced this?
Buffalo, NY zone 6

Subject: lurking newbie intro Replies: 13
Posted By: Evesgarden Views: 804
Hi all. I wanted to finally introduce myself.  My name is Eve and I have been lurking on the forum for quite some time.  My first experience with figs was when I used to watch my Nana bury her fig in a trench each fall.  I live 30 miles South of Buffalo, NY.  This is the best forum and I thank all of you for your valuable info.  I have learned so much from all of you fig lovers.  Jon, your work here is the best! Thank you! This forum has helped me to gather 14 varieties of figs.  7 fruited this season.  A special thanks to Herman2.  My 6 year old BT tree had only made a few fruits ever.  Herman's suggestion to pinch off the tips changed that.   The  BT and others fruited prolifically.  BT, Mission, H.Chicago, Negrone, and LSU  Gold were  full of fruit.  I want to post pictures as soon as I figure out how.  I went fig hunting all summer and have gotten cuttings from several local new fig friends.  There are large populations of Greek and Italian and Macedonians here.  I met some really nice people and gathered some cuttings.  Isn't it great how figs bring us all together?  I seem to have caught the fig fever!  


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