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Subject: Shaping a greenhouse JH Adriatic Replies: 30
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On this greenhouse JH Adriatic the main crop starts ripening about mid July.

Subject: Shaping a greenhouse JH Adriatic Replies: 30
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Thought I'd post some updated pics of the greenhouse JH Adriatic

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Subject: Moving - Big figs 4 sale in NH Replies: 6
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I call them 25 gallon , it is possible they are around 22 or 23 gallon.
They are no longer made as far as I know , they are the large size shown here :
http://smartwareproducts.com/recycled-clay-pots.html
Very heavy duty.


Subject: Moving - Big figs 4 sale in NH Replies: 6
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 489
 
Actual pictures of those varieties left :

Conadria_2.JPG Conadria

Gino's Black_1.JPG Gino's Black
JH Adriatic_1.JPG JH Adriatic

Macool_1.JPG Macool      Takoma Violet 2_1.JPG Takoma Violet

Malta Black 2_1.JPG Malta BlackMBVS_1.JPG MBVS


Subject: Moving - Big figs 4 sale in NH Replies: 6
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 489
 
Needing to move has me offering some of my larger figs for sale.
All are at least 4 years old , nice trees in heavy duty pots, mostly but not all SIPs.
Varieties are:
Marseilles Black VS -(sold)
Takoma Violet
Malta Black
Macool
JH Adriatic
Vista - (sold)
Conadria
Gino's Black -(sold)
Laradek's EBT - (sold)
and maybe one of my Ronde de Bordeaux -(sold).
I'll try to post individual pics when I get a chance , but I'll post a pic here just to indicate general size for now.
I'd like to get $150. each for this size , pick up only.
Contact me here through email option.IMG_1488_1.JPG RDB - mother plant_1.JPG


Subject: Fafard 52 mix in SIP's ? Replies: 12
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I really like the Fafard 52.
I did add compost (usually Lobster compost from Coast of Maine Co.) from 10% up to 20% of the mix.
The ones with compost added did much better for me than those left without it.
I also usually add Azomite , greensand , Pro-Gro 5-3-4 ( http://norganics.com/index-12/index-11/fertilizers/progro/  ) , ground limestone , etc..

Subject: Bills planter pots Replies: 34
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Rado , this is the company that makes the pots Bill uses :
http://www.smartwareproducts.com/smartware-products.html

Subject: 56 acres of RDB in South Africa! Replies: 24
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,174
 
This is my favorite variety for here so it is interesting to see these articles.
Too bad no one has figured out how to ship ones that are actually ripe.

Subject: I'mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm back Replies: 31
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Hi Michael ,
I've been wondering how your move went and where it took you.
Always enjoy your informative posts , especially on what varieties your chef buddies are favoring these days.
Good to see you back !
Why were you wrestling a bear , is that a Virginia thing ?


Subject: a special thank you to drivewayfarmer Replies: 7
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Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year , Roger and that the cuttings do well for you.

Subject: OT---Florida Grove/Bird Pepper EDIT-picture added Replies: 9
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Danny K , I used to grow the Florida grove pepper you are talking about.
I don't have seed anymore , but I'll ask my brother living in Florida, who gave it to me originally, if he still has some seed.
Nice flavor and reminded me of tabasco type peppers.

Subject: THANKS Drivewayfarmer Replies: 17
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Very glad you are happy with the cuttings Cecil.
Hope they do great for you !
I should have even more varieties listed later in November.

Subject: Atreano VS Conadria: Which Do You Prefer?! Replies: 6
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 311
 
Overall Conadria has performed better for me in NH. Generally more productive , earlier , and reliable for me , and slightly more forgiving with harvesting a little early.
My Atreano , more than any other variety I've ever had , required being absolutely dead ripe to bring out its true flavor , as if the infusion of flavor only happened in the very last few hours of ripening.
My Atreano was the RR strain as far as I was able to determine. When dead ripe it was very good.

Subject: i'm back.. sort of.. Replies: 42
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Great to see you back Pete !
Would love to help you restore your collection if I can.

Subject: Name a Fig that is more beautiful than this? Replies: 29
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 841
 
Beautiful look and a beautiful taste ,you just can't beat that !
Very nice .

Subject: Rubado 2016 ( domo arigato) Replies: 21
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 387
 
Looks and sounds like a great fig.
The comparison to Smith gives an idea how delicious it must be !

Subject: Shout Out to Harvey/James & Friends Replies: 69
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,164
 
What a beautiful fig forest !

Subject: Minnesota Newbie Replies: 15
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I would definitely grow Ronde de Bordeaux and Florea in your zone.
You'll be glad you did !

Subject: What to do now with Self irrigation bucket? Replies: 5
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 127
 
It is a good thing .That is what happens , just leave them alone .
I leave them alone until potting up to next size SIP.


Subject: Ever use dehydrator for fig drying Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 6,151
 
Mallory,
I dry them to the point you mentioned first ," inside still slightly moist" , then freeze them.
They don't seem to freeze very hard ,so you can just pull them out and eat what you want right away.
Mine kept well in the freezer , in a zip lock freezer bag ,for at least 9 months , until I ran out of them.
I'd "squirrel" away as may as possible if I had the chance.

Subject: Italian 258 or Col De Dame Grise Replies: 15
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RDB in my zone 5 area is very productive and I haven't noticed any reluctance to set fruit after a hard pruning. I do normally pinch the tip out at 4 to 6 leaves on new growth.
My in ground RDB ,with protection ,has made it through the last 3 Winters here very well like the others I have in ground Florea and MBVS , so no real cold sensitivity that I've noticed here.
It certainly is vigorous , that's for certain.
For me , if I weed out a variety it is most likely being replaced by another RDB.

My Italian 258 is to young to have fruited yet for comparison to CDG , maybe this season it will fruit.

Subject: JH Adriatic breba and results of severe root pruning Replies: 9
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I did top prune them as well , fairly hard , mostly to keep them between the hanging basket lines and above the benches.

Subject: JH Adriatic breba and results of severe root pruning Replies: 9
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 331
 
Got to taste the first breba of 2016 for here in NH from a greenhouse JH Adriatic.
Excellent flavor but still not as good as the wonderful main crop on this variety.
Came in at 65 grams.
Both the JH Adriatic and Maltese Beauty in the greenhouse were given serious root prunings this Winter and placed in home made SIPs and have responded with very nice fruit sets. A co worker who observed my root pruning was  
certain I had killed them both !                  

Breba and fruit set on JHA 2016 june_1.JPG JHA breba 2016_1.JPG Cut JHA breba 2016_1.JPG 
JH Adr GH June 2016_1.JPG JHA side 2016_1.JPG 
M. Beauty 2016 fruit set june_1.JPG Malt Beaut fruit set 2016_1.JPG Malt beauty fruit 2016 set june_1.JPG 


Subject: CdD Noir ID please Replies: 16
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My CDDN does the same thing.
Occasionally see suckers side by side one with single lobed , the other with more normal leaf.

Subject: $7 fig trees for spring/summer delivery, around 150+ varieties Replies: 1,421
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If it is a good field next to you and you can afford it , I'd echo George's encouragement to get it.
As long as it won't overburden you.
Beautiful work you are doing.

Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux in NH Replies: 29
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Hey Bugmagnet , hope you are doing well.
I know you have a lot RDB plants how are they doing for you ?

Subject: Propagating Ponte Tresa Replies: 20
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Tom ,
Looking forward to you're experience with how this variety does up here in New England.

Subject: Pots?... Soil?... Starting media??? Replies: 30
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Hi cheapnewb ,
I didn't mention disinfecting cuttings to you as I no longer do that myself.
I like the propagation approach that Tim Clymer is using :
http://www.threefoldfarm.org/blog/simple-fig-propagation
Been doing something similar starting this time of season and raising them along with any veggie seedlings I have going , using  3 inch deep pots that fit 32 to a tray.
Sent you a few extra cuttings to play with along with your order today.

Subject: Looking for a new fig: Ronde de Bordeau or Negronne or XX ? Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 638
 
RDB is not generally known as a breba producer and never does in my NH climate, except for last season when it formed many but only ripened one or two, all the rest dropped at very young stage.
In the 5 years I've had it , it never formed breba before last year at all.
Figs are fun-ny.


Subject: My interview with Bill Farhat the Seattle Fig man Replies: 10
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Thanks for posting this video , it was a lot of fun to watch.

Subject: Expiramental Deep Water Culture Replies: 11
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 235
 
Richard  , glad to see you are having so much fun with figs !

Subject: Danny's Delight *Requesting Pics* Replies: 15
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 369
 
Dennis , must be a different Kerry on the You tube channel.
The last GH I built was back in 2007 or so. No cameras around.

Subject: Danny's Delight *Requesting Pics* Replies: 15
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 369
 
Dennis , I have the dark version on ebay right now.
Mine came from Bob Harper.

Subject: Floral scented leaves Replies: 25
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 323
 
Ronde de Bordeaux has the nicest smelling leaves to me so far.
The main one I recommend for folks who want to grow one indoors for the Winter up here in NH.

Subject: Kathleen's Black or Rhone de Bordeaux? Replies: 3
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I think bigbadbill is right on target !

Subject: What drivewayfarmer REALLY meantt Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 404
 
I really appreciate all the recent kind words.
When I can , I try to send at least one extra , but it is not always possible .
I think many ebay sellers , that I've dealt with , do that.
The extras are often smaller than average , but give a level of comfort to try different rooting methods if you haven't settled on one method or are new to rooting cuttings or just want to experiment.

Kerry

Subject: Today's Harvest Replies: 7
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Looking good !

Subject: NH Fig Plate Replies: 13
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 286
 
Becky , most were 2 years old when planted.

Subject: NH Fig Plate Replies: 13
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 286
 
Becky , I have Marseilles Black VS , Florea and Ronde de Bordeaux in the ground here at home as well as about a dozen others at a spot at work.
The ones at home are protected for Winter and all make it through with minor tip die back.
The ones at work and are never protected , all die to the ground and out of 14 planted 12 have come back from the base after these last 2 bad Winters.
I may give them some protection this winter if I have time.
Florea has done the best of all of them as far as producing , but nothing approaching the production from my sub irrigated containers.

Subject: NH Fig Plate Replies: 13
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Philagardener , except for 3 in ground trees , the trees come into the barn basement for the Winter.
Figgary , the long stems are on O'Rourke.
Vito , I have many more just days away from ripening so should get many more plates like this. RDB just won't quit and is the best overall fig for me.
John , I'm hoping for no frost until mid October.

Subject: NH Fig Plate Replies: 13
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 286
 
Late August ,and all of September so far has been great for figs in NH.
Picked these today to share with a friend who grew up in France.

IMG_1922_1.JPG   IMG_1924_1.JPG 


Subject: Fungus Gnat - death by nematode Replies: 3
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Follow up that will be of interest to the bee keepers among us : just noticed that on her website  http://www.hopegreenhouses.com  that Dr. Justice now has nematodes available that also combat small hive beetle.

Subject: Hardening off wood for winter Replies: 10
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A potassium silicate source like Pro-Tekt or Sil-Matrix will help quite a bit .
I've used it mixed in water for watering at the lowest label rate, haven't used it as a foliar application.
Another available silica source if abundant in your area is horsetail, Equisetum arvense ,1 heaping cup dried herb to 1 gallon of water boil 20 minutes or more , strain, cool and water or foliar spray. One gallon of tea can be mixed into 4 gallons of water for application. I've used it mostly as an anti fungal plant treatment. but it also helps "ripen" the wood.

Subject: Two different Longue D'Aouts ? Replies: 38
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The fig in the last 2 photos of post #18 finally ripened. The only fruit this Not Longue D'Aout tree has ever managed to ripen. It was pretty big at 90 grams.
Very good taste sweet ,but not too sweet , full of syrup and very refreshing.
Tasters gave it a 7.9 out of 10

IMG_1904_1.JPG IMG_1905_1.JPG IMG_1906_1.JPG IMG_1907_1.JPG IMG_1911_1.JPG IMG_1912_1.JPG 
The fig pictured in the 4th photo on the right side of the plate and at the bottom of the last photo is Fiorone di Ruvo , main crop not breba.
Looks almost identical but was larger at 115 grams , more syrup and richer, more full flavored. Tasters gave it 8.5 out of 10 with the .5 being added for size with great taste.
Leaf shape on the Fiorone di Ruvo :

IMG_1913_1.JPG IMG_1914_1.JPG The growth habit of FDR plant is more spreading even a little droopy while the Not L D'Aout is very upright.


Subject: Thank you Driveway Farmer!!! Replies: 26
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And thanks to you Greg for bringing me some varieties from my wish list !
Not to mention the big bag of bio-char.
Always good to see you and have a chance to visit.

Subject: My first RdB Replies: 6
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 279
 
Just an observation about RDB.
Like most figs even 1/2 a day difference in harvest time can change the flavor experience you have in a major way.
The pictured RDB , in my humble and other side of the continent opinion, probably needed another 2 days of ripening to get close to the full flavor possible.
My RDB trees are ripening lots of fruit now and I look mainly for more of a dehydration look on the neck before I pick , otherwise I know the flavor will carry some "green" quality to it.
As always for me the hard part is waiting the extra time.

Subject: Only one fig Replies: 14
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 642
 
Ronde de Bordeaux 

Subject: Two different Longue D'Aouts ? Replies: 38
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,170
 
Nelson , They don't all have long necks like that , but many of them did this season.
They also tend to show clear ribbing on the surface.
Hava fruit does look pretty similar in general , but I don't think there are many single lobed leaves on this tree.

John , if you would like to try the gibberellic acid test come on by and I'll give you this tree !

I did live in Mendocino County for a few years and certainly wouldn't mind going back at some point.

Yesterday I stripped all but the largest fruit to see what happens.

Subject: Two different Longue D'Aouts ? Replies: 38
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Hi Vasile ,
I am thinking of using it to bud good varieties onto , but was still hoping to find out what it actually is.

Subject: Two different Longue D'Aouts ? Replies: 38
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,170
 
Hi greenfig ,
I'm guessing it needs pollination , but since it is supposed to be from Baud's stock originally , I didn't know if he sells varieties that are not common figs.


 

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