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Subject: Two different Longue D'Aouts ? Replies: 38
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,170
 
Still trying to figure out what this second one is that was sent to me as LDA , apparently originally from Baud.
Dropped all fruit in 2013 , 2014 and now some this season , seems like all are likely to drop.
Some thought it may be Melanzana M. but I don't think that one always drops fruit.
Has always grown very well , beautiful plant.
Any ideas of what it could be ?

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The dropped fruit looks like this inside :

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Subject: One form of bird protection Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 289
 
I got this idea from Bob Harper.
It works well for me , but in more severe bird pressure areas it may not.
It has been useful here so I thought I'd mention it for those who may want to try it.
Just another possible way to discourage birds.
The fruit in the picture is a breba of Longue D'Aout.

Subject: One form of bird protection Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 289
 
These split 32 ounce plastic cups have worked well for me for keeping birds away from figs.


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Subject: Fungus Gnat - death by nematode Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 325
 
Thought I'd post this beneficial nematode info on both forums:

Was reading an article in Greenhouse Management magazine this Spring or Summer that mentioned the work of some younger folks in that industry and saw a mention that a Dr. Allison Justice had done a lot of work with beneficial nematodes while at Clemson University.
The article also mentioned that she sold Starter Kits for breeding your own beneficial nematodes.
Here is part of what she wrote to me when I requested more info :

" I've been researching entomopathogenic nematodes for about 4 years now.  I've developed a system for growers to rear their own nematodes inside wax worms.  This is opposed to buying millions of dehydrated/dormant/not very active nematodes that are produced synthetically more or less similar to how beer is fermented.  It is a more natural way of producing nematodes and in addition they are more infective (ready to eat) when they are applied.  Thus far I've been working with growers who use them mainly for fungus gnat larvae in propagation.  I provide a mixture of 4 species of nematodes that not only attack fungus gnat larvae but also thrips and shore fly.  I've recently acquired even more species and specifically one, Heterorhabditis marelatus, has shown to be very aggressive against slugs/snails.  The link is a publication from UF if you would like to read about nematodes in general http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/nematode/entomopathogenic_nematode.htm.  The species I currently have are: H. indica, H. bacteriophora, S. feltiae, S. carpocapsae, Steinernema glaseri, and Heterorhabditis marelatus.  As you can see they attack a high diversity of pests but since my specialty is in greenhouse crops those pests are in which I've focused.
 I am able to provide the kits or just nematodes in a media.  Usually the kits are for growers who need to produce a lot.  If they just need a little it makes more sense to just order nematodes themselves."


There is more information on her website :  http://www.hopegreenhouses.com  under the heading for nematodes and the heading for BDS (biological defense systems).
She sounds as if she is as into beneficial nematode species as we are into fig varieties and that can't be good for the fungus gnats and perhaps other fig pests.


Subject: Pictures - Evening Harvest Replies: 17
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 425
 
Paul , 
With that big of a main crop on the way , I hope you will have some time for fishing !

Subject: How did they survive ? Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,417
 
Thanks James !
jdsfrance , I purposely left them without protection this past Winter just to see how they would do. I might protect the Desert King this Winter to see if the breba will survive with protection the way I cover my in ground figs at home , with bags of soil mix and Tek-foil material.
What surprises me most this season is that the best of these plants have already surpassed the growth they made last season , which wasn't much really.
I imagined there would be a gradual decline in growth getting wacked back so hard for 2 serious NH Winters.
This is at work , so it is nice of the owners of the garden center to let me play around with this.

Subject: How did they survive ? Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,417
 
Some of these survived, enough to come back from the crowns at least, another bad Winter here in NH with no protection.
Azores Dark set fruit early enough that it may ripen a few.

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Subject: 13 Reviews with Photos: Smith, UCR 143-36, Adriatic JH, Hollier, etc. Replies: 26
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,372
 
I'm on the East coast in NH.
Normally I remove the breba that form because like many breba they don't measure up to the quality of the main crop. This season on the greenhouse JHA I couldn't resist leaving just one breba. Had it a couple of weeks ago and this season it was much better ,still not as good as the main crop , but very very good. Made me wish I'd left them all on.

Subject: 13 Reviews with Photos: Smith, UCR 143-36, Adriatic JH, Hollier, etc. Replies: 26
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,372
 
Levar , My JH Adriatic came directly from JH before he began sending cutting material only thru Encanto.
I'm very grateful he made it available because it has such an exceptional taste.
Mine is usually deep red inside , doesn't normally crack , but one I have in a greenhouse has cracked on occasion when badly over watered.
Also JHA is one fig that is usually quite good even a little under ripe.

Subject: Anyone try growing figs exclusively indoors with grow lights? Replies: 11
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 743
 
Could you rent a community garden plot to get outside grow space ?  Maybe a local business , that would like a fig tree at the south facing entrance , a friendly neighbor ?
As far as smell , I've found Ronde de Bordeaux to be the least smelly to grow indoors , and one of the best figs for NH anyway.


Subject: Best LSU figs for North East Replies: 1
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 333
 
LSU Scott's Black ,O'Rourke and LSU Tiger are doing well for me here in central NH.
For me Scott's Black is the favorite of this group ,Tiger is very good and I like the size , I like O'Rourke better than Improved Celeste so far.
Scott's Black is the best producer for me as well as best tasting.
I have an extra  LSU Purple if you want to come pick it up. I haven't had the space to give it a bigger pot or great position , so no fruit info so far.

Subject: i didn't mean to ignore everyone.. Replies: 41
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,067
 
Hey Pete ,
Take good care of yourself.
Glad you could check in with the forum.
I'd be happy to help if you decide to get back into figs.

Subject: Your Top 5 pick for cool climate pot/container Fig Cultivators ? Replies: 47
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,375
 
Ronde de Bordeaux
Conadria (EL)
RDB
Malta Black
RDB

Subject: Organic Fertilizer Replies: 13
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 634
 
Henry , 
I'm also in NH and growing organically.
I've been using mainly Pro Gro 5-3-4 ,  http://www.norganics.com/products/fertilizers/progro.html
and Lobster compost from Coast of Maine , http://coastofmaine.com/blog/?tag=lobster-compost
The Espoma Plant tone is similar to the Pro Gro and would be a fine choice too.
I've found good luck adding Azomite and greensand as well to my potting mix for container figs.
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: is this a Maltese beauty Replies: 2
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 344
 
It is always hard to tell from looking at just a few leaves , but here is a shot of one leaf from my Maltese Beauty. 

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Subject: Reputable online seller of Ronde de Bordeaux Plant? Replies: 21
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,190
 
Sal , I have several RDB plants like the one I have now listed on ebay.
You can PM or email me if interested.
To me this variety is one of the best for my zone 5 or your zone 6a.

Subject: New to Growing Fig Trees in Containers Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 626
 
I would agree with gorgi's suggestion and do a search as well on this site about sub irrigated containers.

Subject: Zumwalt cuttings Replies: 11
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 610
 
Frank , no one stiffed me because I waited for the shipping charge to arrive first. Some just never sent it ,so after several days I decided not to wait longer and offered them to others.
I figured they just changed their minds , so no problem on either end as far as I know.

Jailen , Yes start your cuttings now , you could have started earlier , but now is perfect time as well.

Subject: Zumwalt cuttings Replies: 11
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 610
 
All gone at this point.
Thanks.

Subject: Zumwalt cuttings Replies: 11
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 610
 
These were offered on another fig site , but a couple of folks never sent any shipping cost , so I thought I'd offer them here to those who may not have seen this. Forgot to add previously , Can't ship to CA :

I have 2 bags with 5 cuttings each of the variety Zumwalt , a San Pedro type thought to perhaps be a sport of Desert King.

There is some info on this forum if you do a search here.
My young tree was poised for a great up coming season until it was attacked in storage by a mouse and a vole and completely girdled.
So I now have a stump in a pot and more cuttings than I need.
Send me a message if you'd like to try some cuttings , I'm asking for $6. ,using paypal ,for the cost of shipping in a flat rate bubble mailer.
Can't ship to CA.

Subject: Shade cloth percenage for Green house Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 986
 
Dennis , I based my question on my experience vegetable farming in southeastern PA.
There we had similar sized tunnels to yours - 4 that were 14x40   - 2 that were 14x76  and a 30x96.
Growing greenhouse tomatoes , peppers , european cukes , eggplant etc for a 220 family CSA.
We never used shade cloth on any of the houses even though that area has a very hot and humid Summer , the peak hot months of which reminded me of where I grew up in Georgia and Florida.
If we had the doors wide open and high roll up sides (6 foot roll up sides on the 30x96) the temps were fine for all those crops.
I was guessing that with very good natural ventilation the figs would do just as well without cutting down the light.
On the narrow houses like 14 footers , the ones with tall sides, rather than those single piece ground to ground hoops, allowed for much better ventilation with higher roll up sides while still retaining the benefit of rain protection .
I'll be very interested to see what you decide after your research into this.


Subject: Shade cloth percenage for Green house Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 986
 
Dennis , If the sides roll up high enough and the doors are open would you need shade cloth ?

Subject: The unglamorous side of figging: root pruning Replies: 23
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 732
 
I found mine at Lowe's.

Subject: The unglamorous side of figging: root pruning Replies: 23
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 732
 
The reciprocating saw with the 12 inch pruning blade works very fast for me.
I find it easiest to put the tree on a couple of pallets or something similar to root prune.

Subject: OT... I would like to thank Jon and the forum members. Replies: 51
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,143
 
Sorry to hear this Pete.
Be well.
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: Bourjassote Gris 2015 Updated 2/25/15 Replies: 25
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,130
 
Hi JLee , 
That may be a problem some places.
I was using a lot of my old "rooting" plastic cups so they already had holes drilled in the bottom which gave extra ventilation, but probably would have been fine without it since the sides are slit open most of the length of the cup.
Also I just put them on close to the time of ripening when I worry about them being too tempting to critters .
I worried about overheating too at first ,but in my situation it worked.
My main problem was I think Bob suggested the 32 oz.size and most of mine were smaller because that's all I had on hand.
The taller size would have worked better.

Subject: Bourjassote Gris 2015 Updated 2/25/15 Replies: 25
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,130
 
Suzi ,
It might be worth trying what Bob Harper suggested I try last year to keep birds off ripening fruit.
He slices large clear plastic cups on both sides down to about an inch from the bottom, then slips those over the branch to cover the figs.
Worked like a charm for me for birds and just about everything else , even to keep excess rain off .
Faster to apply than the mesh bags or clamshell containers, but some areas on the tree with lots of branching were hard to get them to fit the space.
Might confuse the possums , but raccoons may just get a good chuckle.

Subject: Banned members Replies: 112
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 6,432
 
Looking forward to the return of Wills and Kelby.

Subject: In ground trial: Florea (Two leaf shapes) Replies: 49
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,812
 
Brent , I think the jury is still out on this , so no reason to feel foolish.
You raised a good question and the fruit you showed a picture of looks really different from any Florea fruit I've ever seen on mine.
I hope they all turn out to be Florea , but we'll see this coming season what the figs tell us.

Subject: Varieties that will ripen here Replies: 21
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 948
 
Thanks for the very helpful info Paul.
I always pay close attention to your variety choices.
RDB is one of the best for me as well , on the other side of the continent from you.
I need to try Grantham's Royal here.

Subject: In ground trial: Florea (Two leaf shapes) Replies: 49
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,812
 
Hi Herman , no offense at all, glad you chimed in. I agree any grower can make a mistake ,but because I thought I had made a mistake before , I was extremely careful this time and propagated only from my in ground Florea.
I don't have now and have never had Alma , but it sounds like a great fig.
All of these plants definitely were from my in ground Florea which I got from you. And by the way, thanks so much , it is a great fig for up here.
I was very surprised when so many of them showed this different leaf , but I wonder now if Andy's plant is actually Florea and not a mix up.


Subject: In ground trial: Florea (Two leaf shapes) Replies: 49
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,812
 
Here are a few shots taken of my in ground Florea which came from Herman and some cuttings propagated from it.
The odd thing is that more than half of the rooted cuttings from my in ground tree gave what seems to be an atypical leaf shape more like the Florea plant shown at the beginning of this thread.
No question of a cuttings mix up and my in ground 4 year old Florea doesn't show this different leaf shape.
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Less than half the young plants had the mother plant leaf shape like this :
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More than half the young plants showed this leaf shape ;
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Same mother plant very different leaf shapes .
How about them Florea !



Subject: Seeking Filacciano Bianco cuttings Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 692
 
Sent you an email.

Subject: Buddy Tape Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,252
 
I'd buy one to try it. 
Have only used parafilm so far.
Let me know if you do list it  James.

Subject: Gnats: when to call it an emergency? Replies: 28
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 802
 
Hi Timothy ,
I wasn't replying to your thread specifically , just putting in a plug for Gnatrol because it has completely solved the problem for me and I had spent a lot of time waiting for the mosquito dunks and bits to work the same way , but they never fully did.
I hate to see any of us having to do extra work to control gnats in our cuttings when the Gnatrol works so well.
It is good if new folks know that dunks or bits won't work the same way as Gnatrol.
I wish they'd package the Gnatrol in smaller containers so it would be available on the Agway or local store shelf for anyone needing a small amount for houseplants etc...
, but I can only find it on ebay in a smaller package.
Like you , I'm trying coir for some rooting this season as well.

Subject: Gnats: when to call it an emergency? Replies: 28
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 802
 
I've found Gnatrol works very well.
One problem is people think the mosquito dunks or bits will work just as well because it is supposed to be the same organism.
Well they don't , they may help but won't give you the complete control like Gnatrol can.
So if you've used dunks and they don't work , don't think that you've used Gnatrol , it is just not the same.
No real need for systemics , if you use Gnatrol at the medium to high rates.
I think I got mine from organicbti ( or something close to that) on ebay and the price really wasn't bad.
When I pre moisten the potting mix for cuttings the water I use contains Gnatrol .
Hope everyone has a great propagation season this Winter/Spring.

Subject: Gift for old friend Replies: 10
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 556
 
RDB would be a great choice.
Don't have St. Anthony , but why not give both !

Subject: Attn Ebay sellers and bidders Replies: 26
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,794
 
Good idea Wills.

Subject: Desert King in zone 5/6 Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 606
 
The link I was thinking of is down the page under Specialty Fruit heading.

Subject: Desert King in zone 5/6 Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 606
 
Fitzski ,
This post may have some info you could use for Winter protecting your unheated GH fig.
Hopefully something useful if the links still work.

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/fig-presentation-from-ne-conference-6783355?pid=1281775780#post1281775780

Subject: Little known varieties in the F4F database Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 771
 
Calvin ,
The last couple of years Large Negronne has ripened before my VDB by a week or sometimes more.
Of course a better comparison would be if I had 10 of each variety to observe , but I only have one of each.

Subject: Little known varieties in the F4F database Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 771
 
Ed ,
I have Large Negronne from Jon.
For me here in NH it has been larger fruit and better tasting than my Violette de Bordeaux.
Average vigor and very good production , my plant is 6 years old.
Don't know anything about its history.

Subject: Chiistmas Replies: 60
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,580
 
Hope everyone has a great Christmas celebration.
All the best ,
Kerry

Subject: Stuewe Rootrainers (Clamshell) Replies: 5
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 471
 
I used these last year for rooting some fig cuttings with very good results. 
Bought them from Fedco seeds in Maine. I didn't realize that they were made by Stuewe.
I started the cuttings late , say mid April and put them on the benches with veggie seedlings and watered on the same schedule more or less. 
I liked them because with the small soil volume they didn't tend to get too much moisture , the fairly deep cells allowed more of the cutting to be in potting mix.
I even left some in these all season because of lack of bench space to pot them up to larger sizes and they held in good shape for potting this fall.
Well worth a try .
I believe I just used Pro-Mix BX with these.

Subject: Anybody Speak French Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 467
 
Sounds like he is saying wood charcoal , but my French isn't that good.

Subject: My Awesome 2014 Breba Fig. Whats yours Replies: 25
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,790
 
Wow ,both you and Michael giving it the lead over Desert King ,the old workhorse breba for BC, that is very high praise.

Subject: My Awesome 2014 Breba Fig. Whats yours Replies: 25
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,790
 
Really beautiful and productive looking Paully.
Good to know about these , may need to give them a try here to compare to others.
For me Filacciano Bianco is very promising.

Subject: intro and short fig story w/ pictures of "Filacciano" Replies: 36
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,352
 
Dan ,
I posted those photos wondering if you thought they were the same as your Filacciano.

Calvin , of the three figs on that plant 2 looked like breba and one looked like it was main crop. All were good.

Rewton , someone sent me a really nice plant , that is why it did so well for a young one.
Ended the year about 4.5  to  5 feet tall , I should have pinched it early in the season to get more branching.

Dan , hope you can find plenty of room there in fig paradise for lots of fig trees.

Subject: intro and short fig story w/ pictures of "Filacciano" Replies: 36
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,352
 
Welcome Don .
Here are some pictures of Filacciano Bianco from a plant shared with me by a generous f4f member.

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Tasted very good to me.
Can't find the leaf pictures I took.


Subject: OT The dangers of gardening Replies: 31
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 941
 
Sounds like a scene from a James Bond movie.

 

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