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Subject: Shaping a greenhouse JH Adriatic Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,249
 
Had my first fig of the season yesterday in NH !
The greenhouse JH Adriatic kept 2 breba , the first was ready .
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It was good , but nothing like the main crop.
Although it was nice to try , I don't think I'd bother leaving them on next time.
So far the tree has set about 40 main crop and continues to set more and is ready for a second pinch to keep it compact above the benches.


Subject: To those I owe trades... Replies: 42
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,484
 
Hope you recover well.
Sorry you have to go through this.

Subject: Shaping a greenhouse JH Adriatic Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,249
 
Some current pics of the JH Adriatic in the gh at work.
It kept 2 breba which I hope to try. Anyone tried JH Adriatic breba ?
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Subject: Thank you Driveway Farmer!!! Replies: 26
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,462
 
Wow , Thanks for so many kind comments !

Subject: Thank you Driveway Farmer!!! Replies: 26
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,462
 
Well Greg , you did all the travelling and you forgot to mention that you brought  me a very difficult to find variety that I very much appreciate.
Good to see you and thanks for making the trip.


Subject: 'Atreano' or 'LSU gold'? Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 628
 
My Atreano came from Herman.

Subject: 'Atreano' or 'LSU gold'? Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 628
 
Derek , I am only growing Atreano and it is an excellent and productive fig ,but more than any other fig I've grown , it has to be really fully ripe to be really good. At least here in NH , it goes from bland to great only at the very end of ripening.
If you need Atreano cuttings , I can send you some.
For me JH Adriatic is an even better fig and if picked by accident slightly under ripe it is still very good.

Subject: Now I'm a cancer survivor Replies: 68
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,632
 
Fantastic news !

Subject: Hello from Maine! Replies: 28
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,205
 
Nice to see another northern New England fig grower on here.
One of top figs on my list is Ronde de Bordeaux , but there are so many figs that can do well here that is hard to choose.
If you ever get over to the Coast of Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay , I know they intend to be adding 30 varieties of figs to their kitchen garden area this Spring. May be worth seeing how the various ones perform ,they have some excellent varieties and RDB is one of them .
Singing Nettle Farm in Maine just got a 3 year SARE grant to trial Ronde de Bordeaux , Gino's Black , Marseilles Black VS and Sal's GS in a high tunnel. 
Careful fig growing can be addictive !

Subject: Anyone tried chip budding figs ? Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 353
 
Thanks for the reminder of this thread of yours :
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/my-frankenfig-6346903?highlight=frankenfig&pid=1278044654#post1278044654
Great info !
And a beautiful tree !

Subject: Anyone tried chip budding figs ? Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 353
 
Found this older post by Jon.
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/chipbud-grafting-4743760
Jon or Bass  , any more input on chip budding for figs ?

Subject: Anyone tried chip budding figs ? Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 353
 
I haven't followed all of the grafting and budding threads real closely so maybe this has already been covered.
Just wondering if anyone has used chip budding for figs. 
Sounds like it gives you a larger window to work with as the bark doesn't need to be slipping when you do it.
It is described here , half way down the page :
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/budding.html
Any help appreciated.
A great fig season to all ,
Kerry

Subject: OT: i'm noticing that my hands are getting really dry. Replies: 26
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,395
 
For me these work the best :  http://www.gramplyford.com/  , http://www.badgerbalm.com/p-14-badger-balm-for-dry-cracked-hands.aspx ,

 http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/skin-food.aspx?gclid=CNSphM-tsL0CFcFlOgodrTUACA ,

If I don't use these or something similar my fingertips crack and bleed from working with soil , potting mix etc.  Only started happening a lot as I got older , you may be getting older too Pete.

Subject: Where do you buy your shipping supplies? Replies: 11
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 461
 
I love those shoe boxes from the PO that WillsC mentioned , at least for the short plants.

Subject: Where do you buy your shipping supplies? Replies: 11
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 461
 
8x8x24 works well for 1 gallon pots. 

Subject: The Little Fig Ranch Replies: 40
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,102
 
Looks great , and gives me encouragement to get a bit more organized in how my pots are set out(once the snow and cold are gone).

When I lived in Florida we had sand that also burned up organic matter very quickly and we had root knot nematodes to boot.
Hope you can find a way to get some in the ground , I know Just Fruits and Exotics Nursery has some info on soil prep for sandy soils.
 

Subject: Write a book? Replies: 5
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 296
 
Grow Figs Where You Think You Can't   by Steven Biggs  is a very good book for those growing figs in cooler climates.
I think his site is : grow-figs.com

Subject: BC#93: Fico Nera Napolitano Replies: 43
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,693
 
Marius ,
That looks fantastic.
How do you rate it among your other figs ?

Subject: OT - Eating Wheat & trying to eat right Replies: 42
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,261
 
Dennis ,
Thanks for starting this thread.
You've got me more serious about eating even better.

Subject: OT - Eating Wheat & trying to eat right Replies: 42
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,261
 
Tylt33 ,
The cropping method Vandana Shiva was talking about was the existing method.
It didn't involve introducing anything to poor countries just recognizing the already advanced traditional methods which yielded better nutrition overall than mono cropping Golden Rice.
I wish there was a magic bullet to solve all problems , but GR isn't it , in my opinion.


Subject: OT - Eating Wheat & trying to eat right Replies: 42
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,261
 
I am pretty sure Golden Rice was a failed experiment and was dropped.
If you look at the work of Dr. Vandana Shiva the multiple crops grown on the same land traditionally out performed Golden Rice nutritionally by a long shot.
Golden Rice wasn't a godsend it was claimed to be.


Subject: OT - Eating Wheat & trying to eat right Replies: 42
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,261
 
This looks like a free useful guide:

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/fact-sheets/1974/true-food-shoppers-guide-to-avoiding-ge-food

Subject: OT - Eating Wheat & trying to eat right Replies: 42
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,261
 
Harvey ,
I was thinking the same thing about GMO wheat , on its way unfortunately , but only at the "testing stage" for the most part.

With corn , I'm pretty certain all corn, even for corn chips etc.. is mostly GMO. It is only sweet corn, so far that has escaped this ,but even that is now being worked on.

Most veggies are not GMO yet , but many are in the pipeline.
GMO labeling is about all we can hope for at this point.
Regarding citrus , I recently read a good explanation of why GMO for citrus greening is not likely to be much help for very long. If I can find that article again , I'll post it.

Subject: OT - Eating Wheat & trying to eat right Replies: 42
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,261
 
Dennis ,
I find this topic very interesting overall , but I don't think you explained the Parathyroid problem correctly.
This site below has great info and this is the doctor where a person I know had her one out of control parathyroid removed. We all have four of them and the one out of control one(usually one)pulls calcium out of the bones and puts it into the bloodstream because it won't shut off when the correct calcium level is reached. The removal of calcium from the bones also causes some of the pain these folks can experience.
http://parathyroid.com/parathyroid-disease.htm
The surgery only took 10 minutes because these doctors focus only on this and can locate which of the four parathyroids is over active very quickly.
Food sources of calcium don't matter much when one parathyroid won't shut off.
Reading this back to myself it sounds confusing , but at least the site mentioned is very good for this problem.

Subject: Fig presentation from NE conference Replies: 10
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 783
 
Here is a presentation from the 2013 New England Vegetable and Fruit Growers conference that I think is interesting.
"Greenhouse Figs : How to make them survive the Winter Chill "
http://www.newenglandvfc.org/presentations.html
Scroll down to the Specialty Fruit section to find it.

Also here is written material that goes with it.
http://www.newenglandvfc.org/2013_conference/proceedings2013/Paul%20Greenhouse%20Figs.pdf

Thought some here might be interested.

Subject: --- Improved Brown Turkey Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,241
 
Dennis , 
Do you have the version of BT listed here on the Just Fruits and Exotics site as Large Brown Turkey ?
http://www.justfruitsandexotics.com/Figs.htm
Just wonder how it compares to your Improved Brown Turkey.

Subject: Dormant trees - Spring can't come soon enough Replies: 13
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 615
 
Suzi ,
Any version of Sweet Georgia Brown would work.
That is a good one you pointed out !

Subject: Dormant trees - Spring can't come soon enough Replies: 13
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 615
 
Suzi ,
To the tune of Sweet Georgia Brown.

Subject: Dormant trees - Spring can't come soon enough Replies: 13
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 615
 
Looks like they are ready to start the fig shuffle in a couple of weeks.

Subject: LaRadek BT grafts Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 398
 
Have you posted before about what grafting technique you are using ?
Sounds like great results you are getting.

Subject: Atreano hardiness Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 702
 
I have 2 Atreano's that were in their 4th season last year,both in 25 gallon pots. ( Will need root pruning this winter.)
In past years they have been good ,but last season they were great , so good in fact that it has messed up my plans for what figs to keep. 
Maybe it was the year , but both Atreano and Conadria were very good last year. Surprisingly good even though I am predisposed to preferring dark figs.
The interiors on both were much darker color than normal and on both I let them get really very ripe before harvesting because I knew from experience that it makes all the difference with Atreano that it be very very ripe to get its full flavor , more so than any other fig I have.
My pots get overwintered where they don't get colder than 25 F and I've never seen any die back from cold damage.

Subject: AAAAhhhhhhh.......bad News Replies: 47
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,303
 
So sorry to hear about this paully.  That is just terrible to see the damage.
Hope you can rebuild to withstand the wind etc...
If you build a second or third greenhouse ( you know you will ), I wonder if anyone near you sells houses from Harnois , a Canadian gh company that has really strong greenhouses and tunnels.
Glad the temps are not severe enough to hurt the trees.

Subject: How & When do you prep your SIPs/SWCs for the spring? (drivewayfarmer)? Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 371
 
I agree with Rewton about the watering.
Maybe because I'm lazy , but I prefer to start the fig shuffle with them still in small pots and once they show signs of waking choose which ones get to go into the 5 gallon SIPs.
Just find it quicker to move crates full of gallon pots around at first instead of so many 5 gallon pots.
I have never had trouble with the wicking action not working because it dried out.
Your soil mix sounds fine .
I'm sure you'll like the growth you get in SIPs

Subject: OT Double Trouble Replies: 78
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,303
 
That's a good idea grandpa George.

Subject: OT Double Trouble Replies: 78
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,303
 
That's wonderful George !
They're going to keep you busy grandpa.

Subject: Potential pitfalls of a u-pick fig operation Replies: 34
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,308
 
GreenFin ,
If you run it as a CSA , you may find the members are more respectful of your trees than you expect.
We ran a 220 member CSA in southeastern PA for 15 years and many of the crops were u pick.
I was worried at first , but knew we couldn't do all the harvest and give folks as good a deal as we wanted.
It worked out well, because people as members felt some ownership of the place . And we traded a share of produce to an elderly couple who were around enough on harvest days , (they were like garden grandparents for a lot of the children who came), and while there they helped people understand the proper way to harvest different u-pick crops.
I found my excessive worry was not necessary .
Insurance is a must ,and check out Growing for Market magazine , which is put together right there in Manhattan,KS  I believe or somewhere in KS anyway. Many articles on this sort of thing over the years , a great resource of info for small farms.

Subject: Anyone test SWCs/SIPs vs buried pots? Replies: 4
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 530
 
Yes ,I let them go fully dormant before moving.
My soil is sandy so I can bury them 3/4 of their height with no drainage problem and it helps prevent blow over on some of my larger plants.
But I only have space to do it with a few of my plants.

Subject: Anyone test SWCs/SIPs vs buried pots? Replies: 4
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 530
 
I love my SIPs , both 5 gallon and 25 gallon , but where I have the space to make it possible , I find I get better growth and yield with 5 or 25 gallon pots with side holes that are planted in the ground by tomato planting time.
Haven't noticed that the flavor is much different , all very good !
I love my Sips because most places where I have adequate sun I have pavement and for me Sips out perform regular pots.

Subject: "each man under his own vine and fig tree" Replies: 36
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,656
 
I remember Mars as seedless , but I could be remembering wrong .
Given how well it did in our case compared to the others we were growing , seedless wouldn't have mattered.
Worth checking out anyway . There certainly may be other varieties out now that could be much better. 
We planted them back in the early 90's and they weren't a main focus.

Subject: "each man under his own vine and fig tree" Replies: 36
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,656
 
When we lived in humid southeastern PA , for us a grape called Mars was the best at resisting disease and was less attacked by Japanese beetles.
I think we got it from Fedco in Maine.

Subject: difference b/t Adriatic JH and Adriatic Replies: 79
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 9,913
 
Darn , you didn't go for it , I was just trying to get you to send everything else to me !


Subject: difference b/t Adriatic JH and Adriatic Replies: 79
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 9,913
 
Pete ,
JH Adriatic is going to become your favorite fig.
The flavor is just incredible and you may stop growing everything else !

Subject: Need some Pot advice Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,506
 
Sorry that is F&M plastics in Leominster , Ma.

http://www.fmtool.com

This is more direct :  
http://www.smartwareproducts.com/

I was told they don't make these anymore , the middle size in the picture is what I was mentioning as 7-8 gallon size: http://www.smartwareproducts.com/ecoplanter.pdf


Subject: Need some Pot advice Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,506
 
Rewton ,
The people who make the plastic half barrel that Bill of Bills Figs uses , used to make a smaller version of their 25 gallon pot that many of my larger figs are in. Not made anymore by that source.
FRM plastics in Leominster , MA  , I think is the correct name and I think they were called Smartpots(or something close to that) , the half whiskey barrels are sometimes marketed as Smartbarrelz
I think of it as a 7 to 8 gallon pot because once I installed the Bills Fig type reservoir in it , that is how much soil I think they took. It may actually be a 10 gallon pot with no reservoir , not sure.
I bought a few at the same time I bought a couple of pallets of the 25 gallon pots from them.
They don't make the 25 gallon pots anymore either I think , just the plastic half whiskey barrels.
The shape of the whiskey barrel SIPs are probably a little more stable in the wind once the fig tree has got some size .
That would be another benefit of the partially buried pot with holes in the sides ,little or no blow over as occasionally can happen to my SIPs  in a windy spot.
Some people recommend planting those "holey pots" only a couple of inches deep , but since the soils here are very well draining sandy soils you can plant them up to the rim almost and get the benefit of wind stability.

Subject: Need some Pot advice Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,506
 
Timothy,
If you have the sunny garden space available then a 5 to 7 gallon pot with holes in the sides , planted in the garden for the season (as soon as you would plant your tomatoes), would perform even better than a SIP in my experience. I have very little of that kind of space so my SIPs  ,especially the 25 gallon ,are for me the next best thing.
With the in ground pot you would have the smaller size portability for storing for the Winter as well as the full rooting access to good garden soil for the season. This could also give you a greater length of time they would be fine without being watered if gone on vacation etc...
I love my SIPs , but realize my figs would grow even better if planted in the ground for the season , if I had a access to a sunny garden site.
Last season I had a Hardy Hartford in a 5 gallon pot , planted in very poor gravely soil at a friends house, and with occasional liquid organic feeding it out grew almost everything else and yielded very well.
If you go with SIPs , for me the production is  much better in the few 7 to 8 gallon SIPs compared to the 5 gallon bucket SIPs. I just can't  find that size pot very readily or cheaply , so the 5 gallon buckets are what I use for now.


Subject: Starting figs in ProMix Replies: 127
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 7,572
 
Harvey ,
I am glad it is the HP otherwise you would have had me trying to hunt down XP so I could try that too.
The HP seems to drain very well , better than I imagined. I've been using it in 3" pots that are only 4" tall , those Steuwe pots you have would be better , but the little ones do work pretty well for smaller cuttings.
Will be making some mini -SIP's for cuttings to see how well the HP wicks , should do fine.
Now your posting this has got me thinking about getting out my old heat mats at least for a trial.
Thanks for posting about Pro Mix HP , it has made my fig rooting easier by using it right out of the bag.

Subject: Starting figs in ProMix Replies: 127
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 7,572
 
Harvey is that Pro Mix HP ?
I haven't seen the XP offered around here.

I have been using just the HP (High Porosity) for cuttings with good results.

Subject: Visit with fig breeder Replies: 53
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,458
 
No particular questions Harvey , but it sounds like fun.
Hope you enjoy the visit !

Subject: Happy New Year Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 616
 
Happy New Year to all !

Subject: NH drivewayfarm shots Replies: 55
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 4,026
 
To answer rcantor's question from March which I didn't see until yesterday , sorry Bob C. and to louborges :
The best of my 25 gallon SIP pots at 4 years old are ripening 80 to 100 figs and my 5 gal SIPS same age ,1 to 3 dozen.
I think I would be getting more if I started the fig shuffle earlier and fertilized earlier to push the growth at the beginning of the season.
Also if I was up to date on all my root pruning it might help.
For me some of the most productive have been :

Ronde de Bordeaux
Natalina (Grimo Nursery via generous member)
Marseilles Black VS
Gino's Black
Atreano
Conadria (Edible Landscaping)
Black Bethlehem
Takoma Violet
Malta Black
Large Negronne
Hardy Hartford
LSU Tiger
O'Rourke
others I can't name for fear of too many PM's . 

 

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