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Subject: How did they survive ? Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,417
 
Some of them formed fruit , but none of them ripened fruit.
Regrowth in general was just ok.
I think I'll leave them unprotected again this Winter to see if they make it through .

Subject: OT- Sunchokes and comfrey to share/trade Replies: 7
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I can help you out with several on your wish list, just PM  or email  me through the forum.


Subject: Smelly leafs Replies: 5
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So far of the varieties I have, I've noticed RDB is one of the least smelly
and Sal's GS (aka Sal's EL) is one of the strongest smelling.

Subject: Conadria 2014 Replies: 23
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Conadria EL has been one of my best green figs for the last 2 years as a 3 and 4 year old tree in a 5 gallon SIP.
Here in NH it seems to be one of those fool proof, reliable, productive varieties and with very good flavor and size.
For some reason the color of the interior is darker red almost a "blackish" red closest to the edges , but since my Atreano and Latarolla exhibit  a similar coloring and they are all in pots , I guess it has to do with my potting mix or weather conditions at the time of ripening.
Even harvested a little early the flavor is still quite good.

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Subject: Ripening figs and cold nights Replies: 6
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 384
 
Here in NH I don't bother moving them in unless it is going to hit 32F.
We have been very close to 32F several times and leaving them out doesn't seem to stop normal ripening , just slows it down.
If it is easy to move them I'd do it , but I haven't bothered and so far still getting plenty of nice ripe figs from RDB , LSU Scott's Black , MBVS , Natalina , Gino's ,Vista, LSU Tiger ,Black Bethlehem, Atreano , Conadria, Latarolla, Maltese Falcon, Nero600m , Valle Negra, Vincenzo, Large Negronne.
It is supposed to hit 32 tonight here , so I might move a few in that are easily moved. 

Subject: Fig shuffle woes Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 516
 
Forgot to mention I've been using some Pro-Tekt (pottasium silicate) to help harden the wood.
Not necessary ,but hardens the wood quicker and the available silica is good for toughening the plant against insect and disease damage.
There are other products with available silica, Sil-Matrix etc...
My plants are almost all in pots with potting soils with essentially no silica source that is readily available to the plant.
If I was in a warmer climate I might not worry about it, but here it is good to see the wood harden off for Winter.

Subject: Fig shuffle woes Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 516
 
Based on something Martin once mentioned , I let mine get a couple of good frosts in the mid to upper 20's before I bring them in the garage to finish dropping their leaves.
If there is a stretch of good weather after those frosts , I'll leave them out until the next hard frosts come along.
Often they stay in the garage until Thanksgiving before they go into their final place for the Winter , which is the garage/barn basement, where the temps stay above 25F even in the coldest part of the Winter here in central NH.

Subject: Is this St.Rita ? Replies: 5
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 565
 
Trying to determine if this is St .Rita.
Was given cuttings marked as such , just want to be sure if other growers of this variety recognize it.
Very good flavor for a young plant .
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Thanks for any help with this.


Subject: Seeking cheapest object to support SWP Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 716
 
I went to the place in Mass where they are made and bought a pallet and a half of them , that cut the price almost in half.
But they are only a little more than an hour away.
Maybe call Bill and ask him how he gets them. I imagine he buys them by the pallet.
I've yet to find a container as well made , but I think the barrels Dennis is using would be my next choice.

Subject: Seeking cheapest object to support SWP Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 716
 
Dennis ,
I played around with it a little to find exactly the right length to cut the pipe so one end could be pushed into the other and the the whole circle pushed to the bottom of the container.
The cross piece was just cut after the circle was in place and simply snugged in.

Subject: Seeking cheapest object to support SWP Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 716
 
Dennis ,
Post #11 on this old thread shows a variation on Bills Figs sub irrigation platform that I used for a couple of my 25 gallon pots.
It has performed well for a few years now. Most of mine have the system the same as Bills.
JustFigs posts on this thread are very interesting.

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/subirrigation-containers-and-figs-5112306?pid=1267472472#post1267472472

Subject: Religious Experience Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 633
 
I agree this is a great one. I had several today that were like candy. The skin itself has an especially good flavor.

Subject: Plants lost this past winter Replies: 44
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,624
 
So very sorry you lost all of those Nelson.
I'd like to help in any way I can.
It will be very interesting and instructive for other Northern fig growers what varieties you choose to replace , what your "must haves" list ends up being.

Subject: Fafard 52 mix in SIP's ? Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 509
 
Anyone using Fafard 52 mix in SIP's ?
Just wondering if it wicks well enough .
Thanks ,
Kerry

Subject: Tipping branches to harden off wood? Replies: 17
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 634
 
For potted figs I use Pro-Tekt , which is available silicon from potassium silicate .
Works very well and fairly quickly.
I use a rate a little lower than lowest recommended on the label and haven't used it as a foliar spray which may work well (after testing a plant or 2 to make sure there is no adverse reaction.)   

Subject: Anyone else having trouble getting on eBay this morning? Replies: 12
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Just tried and can't get on here right now.

Subject: Delicious RdB late August 2014 Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 900
 
They look great Paul !
Hey , I thought you were out fishing , RDB must have been good enough for you to take a break for a minute.


Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux in NH Replies: 29
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,375
 
I haven't had much trouble with splitting in my 25 gallon SIP.
mgginva , I saw a while back where you had mentioned that RDB was one of your favorites and moving up close to the top.
It resonated with me because I am feeling the same way for my area , it is the first one I recommend folks try. I am adding more to my "driveway farm" next year to replace more average varieties. 

Mike , very glad the RDB is doing well for you. My tree came originally from Bass at Trees of Joy.
I think you should post your photos if you find time.

Subject: Please clarify - LaRadek EBT vs. LaRadek BT Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,542
 
Harvey , I was given a small plant this season.
Kelby , I have missed reading quite a few posts , so thanks for bringing that up , I'll have to look for that post you mention.
Didn't mean to mislead Harvey , I just hadn't heard of the fellow it came from having more than that one fig that was sought after.

Subject: Please clarify - LaRadek EBT vs. LaRadek BT Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,542
 
Harvey ,
I think there is only one variety with the LaRadek name attached and is considered possibly a strain of English Brown Turkey.
I don't think there are 2 versions of this .

Subject: Summer's greatest haul-2014 fig crop Pt.2 Replies: 37
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,057
 
Thanks for the comparison.
That is high praise for Smith with such good competition .


Subject: Summer's greatest haul-2014 fig crop Pt.2 Replies: 37
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,057
 
Beautiful plate full of figs.
Flavor comparisons ?


Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux in NH Replies: 29
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,375
 
Frank , I find the same thing , a nice lingering , wonderful aftertaste.
Rafaelissimmo , here are some interior pics :

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Subject: Maltese Beauty, Macool, Barnisotte Noir & Petite Negra (9/6/2014) Replies: 13
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Very nice Imran.
Thanks for the pictures.

Subject: Filacciano Bianco Replies: 6
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 448
 
Wayne ,
I'm only comparing the taste to other breba that I've had here.
Other San Pedro that I grow are Desert King RT from Encanto , Zumwalt , Filacciano B., Fiorone di Ruvo.
Tony ,
I don't have enough experience with breba cultivars to choose. I am impressed with the Filacciano B. taste for a young plant ,  but just got it this season so I can't say much.
Fiorone di Ruvo is also new for me. Desert King has been inconsistent in terms of production for me here , but I think there are strains that some are very happy with in the Northeast.
I gave away my largest DK this late Winter, a 25 gallon pot size plant , but wanted to keep the pot. So I pulled it out and did a serious root pruning and gave it as a rootball to my friend who lives in Mass. I told him to prune the top as he saw fit .
He didn't prune at all and he got a huge breba crop. A 5 year old plant I think , only produced a lot when I gave it away !

Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux in NH Replies: 29
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,375
 
Waynea , that is exactly how I feel about RDB , the taste is huge.
 hllyhll , I do have 1 in ground RDB which went through last Winter with protection and had no damage. Didn't set fruit early enough to ripen this season , but I uncovered it too late and it is young.
I think you are right Tony to have high hopes for RDB . Right now I would say it is my top choice for growing here in NH when everything is considered.

Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux in NH Replies: 29
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,375
 
Otmani ,
Not so big , but these are averaging 45 gms right now , medium size but they seem to fill you up faster than some.

Subject: Filacciano Bianco Replies: 6
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 448
 
A generous member traded me for this san pedro variety called Filacciano Bianco.
I left 3 figs on the plant since it was growing so well.
This breba was fairly big and very nice tasting. My wife said it had a light richness .
Second best to my JH Adriatic breba this season.

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Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux in NH Replies: 29
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,375
 
We have been eating the RDB figs for the last couple of weeks here in central NH.
A bit later than normal because of the cool nights for most of August.
Just wanted to mention that they are still getting better after 5 years.
From very, very good  to excellent + , over that time.
Reliable, productive with a flavor that won't quit.
After eating various breba figs that ripened earlier : Vista , Latarolla ,Desert King RT , Zumwalt , JH Adriatic breba  , it is a wonderful step up to get a main crop fig like RDB.
Been eating some MBVS as well , but not as many and not quite as good.

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Subject: For my breakfast of today Replies: 24
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Hard to imagine a better breakfast , Francisco.
Thanks for the great photos !
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: Maltese Beauty 8-27-14 Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 832
 
Mike ,
Mine grew from small rooted cuttings to the size pictured this season.
One in a 5 gallon SIP and the other in a 25 gallon SIP.
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The one on the left in 5 gallon is 4 feet tall.
On the right in the 25 gallon is closer to 4.5 to 5 feet tall.


Subject: Maltese Beauty 8-27-14 Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 832
 
Mike ,
I hope it is just its youth that is the problem.
My experience with it is that it is a very strong grower , in fact I've been referring to it as " the beast " because it out grows most other figs like an RDB.
Has beautiful branching and sets fruit young.
I hope to get a few later this season to try.
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: BEES! The insect I hate! Replies: 43
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,238
 
Safers insecticidal soap or M-Pede works very well for them as a spray if above ground or for an in ground nest just flood it with a 5 gallon bucket full of water/insecticidal soap mix at the highest label rate.
Kills them very quickly , if flooding this nest I'd have a sprayer full of the soap mix on hand just to spray any that might be returning to the nest.

Subject: Let's get the love flowing again and win a tree! Replies: 49
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,169
 
Florea

Subject: Message to Jon and my friends (update post #$49) Replies: 160
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Very good news Rafed !

Subject: Message to Jon and my friends (update post #$49) Replies: 160
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 6,925
 
Hope something will change your mind before tomorrow and that you will decide to stay.
Your a keystone member here.

Subject: First Harvest Verte Pics & Review Replies: 25
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Suzi ,
I got your PM , but I have never had Verte myself , so I don't think you could have gotten it from me.

Subject: Paradiso Farms in VT Replies: 2
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 282
 
I don't know this farm, but looked at their website.
Under " Big News" heading they mentioned a local cheese producer was trialing the use of their fig leaves to wrap a particular cheese.
Seems like a great idea if it has worked out.
That area has a large number of very nice small farms and apparently many micro breweries.
It is about 3 hours away from me , so haven't been that way for a while.
Bet you'll have a good time in that area James.

Subject: Largest indoor fig orchards? Largest 'wide variety' outdoor fig orchards? Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 807
 
Is this what you meant Bob ?

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/figs-and-the-solar-geothermal-greenhouse-3072396

Subject: Shaping a greenhouse JH Adriatic Replies: 30
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First of the main crop is now in on this greenhouse JH Adriatic.
These were 75 to 95 grams each. 
Flavor was exceptional again like last year.
Tree has set about 80 to 100 figs so far.
Just love this fig !

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Subject: How did they survive ? Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,417
 
Suzi ,
Got to love those mulberries !
Greg ,
yes that is the same AD , I just put in the full name in case anyone else had gotten the same variety from Dominick.
Something he got from another grower in Mass.
I haven't gotten fig from the AD or Excel yet , but they were young plants.
Of the rest my favorites are Salem Dark and Gino's Black.

Subject: How did they survive ? Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,417
 
Went to work early today so I could have time to check on the surviving/resprouting trees.
Originally 14 were planted and now I see more have started to come back with sprouts , so all but 3 have started to regrow.
Here is what survived in order of pictures below :
Lyndhurst White , Giant Black German ,Excel, Excel ,Salem Dark ,Sweet George , Sao Miguel Azores Dark ,Gino's Black
Sprouting , smaller than the others so I missed them at first, but no picture : Desert King ,and 2 Sal's EL (GS)
Those that died were :Vista , Gino's Black , Sal's EL(GS).

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Subject: Question for Fig Historians... Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 662
 
Nativesun ,
I wonder if the fellow who presented this could be of some help in your search :

http://dspace.nelson.usf.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10806/5933/Early_Footprints_in_the_Sand_Schnur_James_Script.pdf?sequence=6

Subject: LSU Tiger Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 909
 
Absolutely, those cuttings root more easily than most.
Everyone needs an LSU Tiger .

Subject: Question for Fig Historians... Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 662
 
Having grown up in Georgia and Florida , I have always been interested in this question about which was the first fig variety introduced to the Florida/Georgia coast or what grew best.
I seem to remember speaking to someone at an early English settlement on St. Simon's Island , Fort Frederica -http://www.nps.gov/fofr/index.htm who gave me a lead on finding out , but I never followed up on that.
Good luck with the search , but just plant  bunch of the best figs recommended by the Florida figs4fun members anyway to go with the historical winner.
Sounds like a very fun project.

Subject: LSU Tiger Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 909
 
Brian ,
I have been surprised how well it has done and what a great flavor LSU Tiger develops up here in NH.
It gets better every year , large and rich flavored. Had to bump mine up to a 25 gallon pot this season since it earned it.
I like the faint striping as well.

Subject: How did they survive ? Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,417
 
Pete , they were transplanted out of 1.5 gallon pots well filled with roots.

Subject: How did they survive ? Replies: 27
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Bob , that move is under consideration , but won't be possible for quite a while.
Greg , I think I planted between 12 and 16 plants , I'll have to go count the dead ones ,check tags and check the map.
As I recall the snow cover was much less than I expected the few times I looked at the area during the Winter. It is a little windy there.
I didn't pay that much attention because I thought there was no chance of survival at all.


Subject: How did they survive ? Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,417
 
About two weeks ago I went to look at a shrub border at work where I had put in about 12 one year old figs last year.
I meant to dig them up for storage over Winter or protect them in place somehow, but just never got to it and had totally written them off.
After this past tough New Hampshire Winter, I was amazed to see that some were sending up shoots !

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They were given no protection at all and are at the top of a southeast facing slope.
Two of the ones showing the most regrowth are Excel. 
I need to check my map to figure out what the rest were , just haven't had the chance.



Subject: Best short-season varieties... Replies: 4
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 654
 
Some of many that have done well for me here in zone 5 New Hampshire are :
Ronde de Bordeaux
Marseilles Black VS
Black Bethlehem
Salem Dark
LSU Tiger
O'Rourke
Atreano
Malta Black
Takoma Violet
Gino's Black
Hardy Chicago
Florea
JH Adriatic 
Of this list the overall best for taste , production , hardiness ,and earliness so far to me is RDB.
But I wouldn't want to be without any of them.


 

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