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Subject: ebay seller question Replies: 2
Posted By: warrior Views: 469
 
graciej09

Has gold celeste up for auction. One pretty strong negative in the last month. Had any dealings with? Opinions?
PM me with your replies if you feel the need.

Subject: I going to root an unknown.... Replies: 3
Posted By: warrior Views: 494
 

Thanks, I just hated to see that magnificent old rose forgotten and neglected. That and I have alot of respect for plants that are tough.


Subject: I going to root an unknown.... Replies: 3
Posted By: warrior Views: 494
 
ROSE.

I know this is a fig forum but I spotted a rose yesterday that I am thinking is deserving of propagation and I know jack squat about roses. This rose is an abandoned survivor growing on a pasture fence. It is not the usual rambler or multiflora that you usually see on pasture fences. It is a 9'-10' shrub with wider width. It looks to be own root as there were no suckers. The trunk at the base was nearly 3" in diameter. The flowers were what caught my eye while doing 60 down the road. Pale yellow and of a tea shape and size.
Kind of like alot of figs, the old survivors really get my respect and I would hope that these toughness traits are preserved.
Any advice on rooting this thing would be appreciated.

Subject: video Eating Turkish figs Replies: 8
Posted By: warrior Views: 560
 

I never knew anything about peeling figs until I found this site. I always thought the proper technique was to check the tree daily to see if there was enough of a crop to make preserves. Daily checks with sampling of the fruit to determine ripeness. I'm real good at daily checks and sampling but for some reason never have enough crop for preserves ;). What am I doing wrong?


Subject: Propagation with 100% success Replies: 6
Posted By: warrior Views: 750
 

Jason, the thread you refer to has disappeared into the ether. Some of us were fortunate to file it away though. I will not be bringing it back though. I do not know the why and therefores but it is a crying shame the wealth of knowledge some have garnered through hard work can be deleted over simple disagreements.


Subject: Talk About Bad Luck Replies: 26
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,167
 
Ottawan, believe me the decision is never lightly taken. It was 50 years in the making and all parties made the choice of their own freewill.
"Next to" is figurative but when I go to tend the graves of seven generations that have preceeded myself I can do so by visiting only three sites. Two paternal line and one on the distaff, though truth be told the distaff for the most part is also found in the paternal plots.
Family to me is more than this generation alone, as a senatchie [gealic; oral historian] kith and kin still live on through me. Ten centuries worth still live in my memory and it is that memory that I honor in how this simple life is lived.

Subject: Talk About Bad Luck Replies: 26
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,167
 
A little background on family to me. I have known from a little child where I will be laid to rest. Right beside my father who is right beside his father who is right beside his father. Four out of the nine generations of us since we got off the boat are laid to rest there. Three are still walking above ground and one other is a few miles down the road in the other older family plot and one was lost at sea. I know each and every one of these generations, where they lived and where they died. Most importantly I know HOW they lived.
Why do I mention this. Because there is one living today who will die alone and unacknowledged. His place beside his father is forfeit. He will not be spoken of as anything more than the bogeyman that scares our children.

His crime was theft from family.

Subject: fetilome UPM Replies: 1
Posted By: warrior Views: 685
 
I have been searching high and low for this product in the metro Atlanta area to no avail. Then it hit me. I remembered that the biggest and best garden center in my home town of Birmingham, AL just happens to be the number one fertilome dealer in the world. So I called and was told, "How much do you want we can have it delivered". :)
I'm going to save myself shipping and pick some up when I go visit kinfolk next month.
Here's the link http://www.classicgardens.com

Subject: Portuguese Fig Varieties Replies: 49
Posted By: warrior Views: 21,034
 

Beer? I'll be on the lookout for it but really when you've got Talisker why would you need beer?;)


Subject: ? on potting up cuttings Replies: 6
Posted By: warrior Views: 711
 
I will be starting some cuttings and was wondering if I can skip the 1 gallon pot and go straight from the cup to a larger pot. I can get some 18 gallon tubs and was thinking that with our long summer I might be able to get enough growth on them that they may not need to much protection their first winter. I was also thinking that they could go from cup to container with only one root disturbance.
Opinions please.

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: warrior Views: 2,294
 
First frost in January! We've already had a light freeze in Hotlanta. My idiot unknown has lost it's leaves but I have a few end buds trying to put out new growth. I also pulled the last two green figs off of it today. If it keeps this up I will see it nipped back some before spring.
BTW in this area we don't do anything to protect mature in ground trees. The bad freezes knock them back some but they usually come right back in spring.

Subject: Portuguese Fig Varieties Replies: 49
Posted By: warrior Views: 21,034
 

Yeah well, I bet that castle kennedy will be colored in a sett (plaid to the rest of y'all) and taste like haggis. ;)


Subject: Portuguese Fig Varieties Replies: 49
Posted By: warrior Views: 21,034
 

BTW I'm a Scot I will not entertain the suggestion for an ENGLISH brown turkey.


Subject: Portuguese Fig Varieties Replies: 49
Posted By: warrior Views: 21,034
 
I'm jealous. You southern european types have so many "ethnic" figs to choose from. I have a Castle Kennedy ordered and I guess this Scot will have to satisfy himself with just one. :(
Oh well, my cherokee side has muscadines! :)

Subject: How old can fig trees be? Replies: 5
Posted By: warrior Views: 686
 

I've often wondered if anthropologists were to study our food source plants and were able to do the genetics of them what would it show about migration patterns.


Subject: How old can fig trees be? Replies: 5
Posted By: warrior Views: 686
 
That also would explain the great variation within our figs as well. 10,000 years is more than enough time for genetic mutation. It also explains why so many figs are almost identical but definitely different. Take one parent population with one mother fig. That population divides by immigration to other areas of the globe. Now give each immigrating group a handful of cuttings from that same mother tree and let them plant them in other areas of the globe. With time in the new areas under different soil and climatic conditions different genes may be suppressed or expressed (limb sports) creating newer varieties. Now add to this mix seperate parent populations bringing each their own cuttings from their mother trees. Some of these move into areas where the fig wasps combine the genetics of these original mother trees for even more new varieties. None of these movements are single events as human nature keeps these populations on the move mixing and intermingling. Couple this with our notorious short term memory and shifting language patterns and we get our current situation of figs and their synonyms.
That said, do some of the cultivars we grow trace back in a direct line to the original "wild" selections? Who knows? I would like to think that humanity's innate desire to hold on to what we know (read comfort food, hording of items from the past, resistance to change, etc.) has kept some of the original strains alive and growing among us.  

Subject: Mediterranean flora garden Replies: 2
Posted By: warrior Views: 658
 
I noticed the prices as well, particularly on one that shall we say is in demand.
I will be placing an order.

Subject: Portuguese Fig Varieties Replies: 49
Posted By: warrior Views: 21,034
 
Like it ain't bad enough trying to name varieties in english now you have to go and add portuguese to the confusion, too! LOL



Subject: Got my UCD order in. Replies: 5
Posted By: warrior Views: 555
 
I prefer dark to light, smooth over crunchy, size does not matter if taste is there (but the tree does need to produce enough total large or small), skin enough to hold it together (tougher on figs for preserves less for fresh eating or jam). First and foremost flavor sweet and rich with little resin aftertaste.
I'm a couple years out from putting them in the ground but in the 30' foot run I can put three trees in 10' apart and let them grow large or select smaller varieties and go for 5' apart for a fig hedge. The mission may not fit in that planting scheme.

Subject: Got my UCD order in. Replies: 5
Posted By: warrior Views: 555
 
Recommendations on other selections?

Subject: Got my UCD order in. Replies: 5
Posted By: warrior Views: 555
 

My goal is to grow these out and select the keepers of the lot. I have set aside 30' of fence line for their permanent in ground location. As for their time in pots and for any others I have a 20'x50' area of the yard. 20'x40' of that area will someday be a barn otherwise I would keep even more (I may still plant the last 20'x10' in figs as well).


Subject: Got my UCD order in. Replies: 5
Posted By: warrior Views: 555
 
Beall
Violette de Bordeaux
Black Madiera
Black Mission
Brown Turkey
Celeste
Cole de Dame
Kadota
Excel
Improved Celeste
Osborne Prolific
Dauphine
Brunswick
Castle Kennedy

What should I expect to recieve?
Opinions on my selections?

Subject: Improving Drainage Replies: 4
Posted By: warrior Views: 613
 

Jason's on the right track with amending the whole area if that is what you want. Otherwise raised beds or mounds would work. The very last thing you want to do (I've seen this happen to others) is to dig a large planting hole and amend the soil in the hole. What happens in clay is the you create a bath tub full of good soil. First good rain and the bath tub fills up.


Subject: I hate you folks! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,118
 

The second crop was late Aug-into Sept with these coming on after so I guess it had three crops.


Subject: I hate you folks! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,118
 

Flavor was only fair. Sweet but not powerfully so, not rich either.


Subject: I hate you folks! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,118
 
This is it in late May. I had already pulled a couple dozen off of it. Note the fresh dirt to the right, that's my septic tank. The garden is in the back.





These were taken today. They have already had a couple light frost to hit them so they aren't ripe. Ripe color was bronze with slght cracking and the interior was a brighter shade of the same.













All guesses would be appreciated.

Subject: I hate you folks! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,118
 

I am guessing at this point further research sheds some doubt on my guess. Others report light to no breba, mine had both crops about the same amount, and a photo of leaves on another post do not match what I have.


Subject: I hate you folks! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,118
 

See what I mean. Already adding to my list, so many figs so little time. LOL


Subject: I hate you folks! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,118
 
Jason, maybe we could get together sometime and compare notes. I also keep a vegatable garden year round. Currently have cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, collards, greens, english peas, onions and garlic.
I have to have something edible growing most all of the time.

Subject: I hate you folks! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,118
 
These have caught my eye.

Beall
Black Jack
Black Madeira
Black Mission
Violette de Bordeaux
Brunswick
Col de Fame
Dauphine
Violette Dauphine
Kadota
Excel
Hardy Chicago
Hunt
Italian 258
LSU Gold
LSU Purple
Nero
Reculver
Osborne Prolific


Subject: I hate you folks! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,118
 

Sunnyside on the Henry/Spalding county line.


Subject: I hate you folks! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,118
 

If I had found this site earlier I would have posted the one fig that I do have to see if my guess is right. I believe it to be a celeste but am not sure. It is unfortunately not to my liking. Fair flavor, and not as productive as I would like. It is a 8' tall bush that produced about a half gallon of fruit for both the breba and main. Preserves cook down to a mush (I like my fig preserves to have figs in it). It is also situated almost directly on top of my septic tank which has earned it an unprintable "varietal" name.


Subject: I hate you folks! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,118
 
You are going to be the ruin of me.
First let me introduce myself. David here, I go by the handle of warrior (from "my" river back home in AL) on most of the forums I'm on and by my patrinymic (mcleod) on GW. I found GW while scheming and planning just what I am going to do on my .58 acres here in GA. I am a fruitnut and just knew I required apples, pears, peaches, grapes, muscadines, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, plus a fig or two.
Of the other fruits I am quite familiar having grown up around them but figs were always of the unknown variety. I just knew that there were differences and that some were better than others. I love a good fig but lacked the knowledge to select a good variety or two. So I began to read and read. I have read every page the GW FF. Imagine my amazement that even within the "named" varieties figs vary in quality but from the descriptions it seems that the search for the perfect fig is an ongoing quest for most of you. Care if I join in that quest?
Here's my thing, I set out to select the best two or three varieties for planting here but I learn that first I need to sample as many as I can (sampling figs, oh the horror of it ;) ) so I plan on obtaining cuttings and growing them out and see what I find out.
BTW, a thourough study of this site resulted in a list of 20 that have my interest.


 

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