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Subject: Surviving the frost Replies: 5
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 408
 
Great work Vito.

Subject: New Presentation on Container Figs Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,546
 
Rafael ,
I've been growing in Bill's system for 3 or 4 years now and it has worked very well.
As long as you built it correctly and there is an air space between the bottom of the soil level and the water reservoir ,you should have no problem with drainage into the reservoir so it doesn't matter that water comes out the overflow hole , just means the plant isn't using that much this early in the season
For me plants in the sub-irrigated pots like Bill's put on the equivalent of an extra 2 months of growth compared to the same sized regular pot.
If you think you've got it built correctly , just give it some time and I bet you'll be pleased with the results.
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: Mother nature hit again.... Replies: 35
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Really sorry to see that Marius.

Subject: What Varieties Do You Grow ? Replies: 60
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 4,284
 
Dan ,
If you did have a chance  , your top ten in each class would be really interesting especially for another east coast fig grower.


Subject: Has winters grip been broken Replies: 9
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 603
 
I was just thinking the same thing Tom , but there is still so much snow piled against the barn basement door that I can't take out the 25 gallon pots until that's gone in a few more days.
The smaller pots I can take up the stairs to the driveway.
Time to uncover the in ground Florea as well.

Subject: sharpie writings Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,035
 
I have been using an acrylic paint marker made by Elmer's called :
Painters -opaque paint markers.
The white seems to show best .


Subject: COLD HARDY FIG WINTER TEST RESULTS 2012/2013 Replies: 17
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 3,320
 
Thanks very much Bob for your continued testing and sharing of cold hardiness information.

Subject: Fruit & Spice Park Figs Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 651
 
JD ,
I went there about 10 years ago and was surprised that I couldn't find any special figs varieties. But maybe I missed them.
You might need to supply them.
It was a great place to see what can be grown in South Florida.
Hope your Dad recovers well.

Subject: Improved Celeste and Florea,The earliest varieties to ripe,here. Replies: 56
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 5,519
 
Florea has done very well here in NH. I planted in the ground and cover it for Winter. A post called "Herman made me do it" shows what I did here to protect it. 
A friend bought a plant from me which is now 3 years old , she got 40 figs last season and is extremely happy with it. Doesn't even care to try another fig variety she is so happy with Florea.
She planted hers in the ground and for Winter covers it with a cardboard box , fills that with straw and puts a tarp over that.
Florea seems to set fruit easily here. When I go to pinch to encourage fruit set , it already has set fruit.
A great variety for this area , Thanks very much Vasile for sharing Florea !

Subject: 5 gallon buckets Replies: 25
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Very nice tree and container , bugs !

Subject: potting mix for self watering container (SWC)?? Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,306
 
All but 2  of my 25 gallon pots are SIPs as well.
I think the 5 gallon SIPs are good until you decide you have a definite keeper and maybe even beyond if you root prune every 2 years (comparatively easy job in this size container) and expect a smaller yield of fruit per plant.
This old post shows the 2 sizes of SIP and some post in there mentions the soil mix I use , I think
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/NH-drivewayfarm-shots-5965155

Subject: potting mix for self watering container (SWC)?? Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,306
 
Mike ,
all of my 5 gallon sips are made that way.

Subject: happy st. paddy's day! Replies: 4
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 436
 
Top of the morning to you.
Happy St. Patrick's Day !
My favorite Irish blessing :

"May those that love us , love us.
And those that do not love us , may God turn their hearts.
and if he cannot turn their hearts may he turn their ankles , so we know them by their limping".

Subject: Letizia Fig Tree ?? Replies: 43
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 3,794
 
Here is a recent thread on this.
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Letizia-6135779?highlight=letizia

Subject: LaRadek's EBT in the winter Replies: 14
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,083
 
Great info Bob for us in the cool North.
Thanks for tracking this down.

Subject: Which soil would you use for pots? Pics to choose from... Replies: 18
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,492
 
Frank ,
I have been using potting mix from Vermont Compost Company or Ideal Compost Co. as the basic soil  and I add more compost , perlite and some organic fertilizers.
It ends up being similar to ProMix BX with compost added.
Most of my containers are sub irrigated containers and this mix works very well for me , but always learning here as well.

Subject: Which soil would you use for pots? Pics to choose from... Replies: 18
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,492
 
Frank ,
I think the one with the least amount of actual soil .
You really want a soil-less potting mix for pots for best results with figs.
That is just my experience.

Subject: Some thoughts/info on potting mixes Replies: 34
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Jason ,
What brand are the pine bark fines you are happy with ?
They are a little hard to find up here.

Subject: My way of summerizing. Replies: 4
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 454
 
Very nice , luak.
Thanks for the info.

Subject: Greetings froma newbie in TN Replies: 14
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 987
 
Bill here is a post from the past that may be worth looking at in terms of figs for market.
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Figs-and-the-Solar-Geothermal-Greenhouse-3072396?highlight=missouri+greenhouse+figs

Subject: One more time/last time good Ebay sellers/members Replies: 84
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 7,732
 
Tim , Fatnsassytexan , sends out excellent cuttings. 
Everything I have from him has turned out great plants , especially Hollier.
Thanks Tim , glad to see your impressive list on ebay.

Subject: Looking forward to spring Replies: 14
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 784
 
Those look great !

Subject: off topic 2013 Philly Flower Show Replies: 25
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,194
 
Way to go Barry,what a huge deal to win so many.
You were robbed by the way on the frailea,it should have taken first.
Must have taken a lot of prep work and time to wind down.
Went to the show a few times when Jane Pepper was there.
When will you introduce a container fig competition ?

Subject: Hoop greenhouse Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,398
 
This site might be helpful in getting ideas for a smaller scale movable greenhouse.
http://www.smallfarmtools.com/pages/v-track-tunnels


Subject: A word of caution Replies: 50
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,626
 
Luke , I hope it works , but I would worry about it being too harsh for the fine feeder roots as Harvey mentioned.

Subject: Many thanks to drivewayfarmer Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,236
 
Oops , James did I send you the wrong package ?
Just kidding , hope they all do well for you.

Subject: Espaliered figs Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,051
 
Here is a thread from 2011 showing member vaplantman developing his espaler close to his house.
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Espalier-sort-of-5407398

Subject: My Cuttings are not doing anything! Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,446
 
ChillyNPhilly ,
Glad to hear the heater didn't hurt them.
Barry is a good egg and very generous. You are fortunate to have such an experienced member nearby.
Any tips he gives you are worth following closely.
Hope all the rooting goes well. 

Subject: Rice Hulls as alternative to Perlite Replies: 15
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,744
 
To avoid the perlite dust , I open the bag and use a watering can or other fine spray to pre wet the upper layers of perlite before I take it out of the bag.
As long as you don't need to screen it , this works very well.

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,540
 
Suzi ,
Another way to think about how you can assist your farming neighbors is to use your property, to the extent possible, as more of an oasis area for beneficial insects. Not to use the same pesticides they do necessarily , but to provide an area from which beneficial insects can repopulate the farmland. Most conventional farmers no longer use a spray only on a schedule strategy , since that has proven less effective and more expensive in the long run ,but often incorporate set aside areas for beneficial insects as part of a whole farm planning approach. The more areas close to the farms from which beneficial insects can move back into the crops the fewer sprays needed and more money is saved.
The advancement in an IPM approach has been substantial in the last 10 years. Conventional and organic professional growers are becoming more sophisticated all the time in taking a more multifaceted look at insect control.

Subject: Forsythe cutting pot Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,862
 
The original rooting info I saw is here halfway down the page :
http://leereich.blogspot.com/2012_01_01_archive.html

Subject: Forsythe cutting pot Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,862
 
Martin ,
Does this mean you will start rooting cuttings again ?

I saw this recommended for figs and other things by a garden writer from VT, Lee Reich.
He mentions it here , but the original post that I saw was 10 weeks earlier.
He is using potting mix , not straight vermiculite.
http://leereich.blogspot.com/search/label/cuttings

Martin , somewhere he mentioned a mulberry that he grows in a pot like a fig and does the mulberry shuffle.


Subject: Whats a good soil to use that doesnt require a lot of mixing? Replies: 29
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,994
 
KK ,
Thanks , that is a very interesting article.

Subject: Whats a good soil to use that doesnt require a lot of mixing? Replies: 29
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,994
 
Scot ,
Which Foxfarm product are you using ?
Light Warrior , Ocean Forest -that Dave gave a link to , Original ...?
Some versions are available here , might give it a try.
Thanks.

Subject: My Cuttings are not doing anything! Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,446
 
Donna ,
I just felt the top of my oil filled heater set on low and I think it would be much too hot for cuttings to rest on.
They may be getting cooked if they are sitting right on the heater.

Subject: My Montserrat Pons varieties selection Replies: 50
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 18,373
 
Axier , 
I always appreciate your posts.
Lots of great info and these pictures are just what I need to get through the big Winter storm that is on the way.
All the pictures look great , but especially the Coll de Dama Blanca-Negra and the De la Reina.
Thanks for the pics .

Kerry

Subject: My partial container garden Replies: 50
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 3,637
 
Dennis ,
That is just a beautiful sight.
If you do move some to the Bills Figs type containers , you will have to buy the place next to you !
I showed my wife this and she said she was thankful my space was limited , except when she saw those daily bowls of figs ,that made her change her mind.
Fantastic job Dennis , lets see more pictures when you can.
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: Smart Barrelz? Replies: 21
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,723
 
Dennis ,
Did you call the company directly yet about the Smart Barrelz aka Better Barrelz ?
If you want 200  , you may be able piggy back on a restocking order being sent somewhere else down your way.
Perhaps a good garden center in your area would have interest in sharing a truck load. Or maybe one of the NC Lowe's stores listed on the "where to buy" page of the Smart Barrelz website.
They are sturdier than anything else I have seen and I used them to make The Bills Figs sub-irrigated containers for my parents in Fla.
Up here I used the same idea , but used the Smart Pots that the same company no longer makes. 

Subject: NH drivewayfarm shots Replies: 55
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 4,026
 
I really like the self watering containers. The growth is excellent.
Adding a picture of an Ronde de Bordeaux in 5 gallon SIP that I am going to train with 2 main horizontal arms .
This is in its second season in this pot and if I pulled both arms down to level they are nearly as long as the van.
Of course RDB is just a fast grower anyway.
I don't cover the top because I like rainwater to reach the roots.
Light or dark colored pots depending on your zone and summer temps. Mine are used food grade buckets from bakeries etc... and I'm too lazy to paint them a different color.
Swizzle , I have around 60 varieties if all of my new cuttings root. Send me an email or PM through the forum and I can send you a few cuttings to start your Maine fig farm if you want.
Thanks to everyone for all the positive reinforcement in the recent posts here.

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Subject: Where to buy this pot? Replies: 4
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 610
 
Also sold under the name of Better Barrel.

Subject: Where to buy this pot? Replies: 4
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 610
 
You can check this web page if that is the Smart Barrelz that Bill's Figs uses. 
http://www.smartwareproducts.com/where-to-buy-smartware.html

Subject: First Time Fig Tree - Florida - in Container! Replies: 4
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 967
 
dmacbean ,
Take a look at Martin's posts in past threads .
He grows beautiful plants , the kind I aspire to have.
He knows what he is talking about , even if he is getting a little old(er).

Subject: First Time Fig Tree - Florida - in Container! Replies: 4
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 967
 
I am growing many of my figs in the kind of container that Steve has linked to above.
If you can't plant in the ground , I don't think there is a better way to go than one of these sub-irrigated pots , for container growing.
Not the best pictures , but show 3 year old plants in 25 gallon pots with sub-irrigation copied after the Bill's Figs link.

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Subject: Happy Birthday, Martin! Replies: 25
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 786
 
Happy Birthday old man.
Wait , I think I'm probably older than you.
Happy Birthday youngster , and very many more , with figs.
Best to you ,
Kerry

Subject: Appreciation for all the rooting help Replies: 14
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,197
 
Grasa , If you are asking if I still root cuttings this way , I do for the most part.

Michael ,Tapla had posted a long time ago on this forum or gardenweb about using strands of a rayon mop head refill as wicks to remove excess moisture if needed. I just got in the habit of putting these in all my pots used for rooting cuttings except those used for cuttings taken just as growth restarts in Spring. (They are less hassle overall , don't need it and are too numerous to bother doing this with.)
I find if I'm worried about having given too much water , I can just put the pot with wicks on some rags or some micro fiber cloths to draw out any excess water.

Martin , Thanks a lot for the compliment , it means a lot coming from someone with your experience.

Suzi , I would be surprised if there weren't some remnants of the wicks at the bottom of that rootball. Once the plants are established , I cut the part of the wick that dangles from the bottom of the pot.

Womack , I agree , I am still learning much from all the new ideas on rooting that people post.

Subject: More fig lovers on board... Replies: 53
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,562
 
Fantastic Jason and family.

Subject: I gave up Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,730
 
That little guy in the picture looks well fed.
Sorry they are such a problem there Navid.

Subject: Hi Snaglpus Replies: 4
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 592
 
Also very glad to see you posting.

Subject: Slavi's greenhouse Replies: 13
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 809
 
Very nice !
Where will the next one go ? They always multiply.

Subject: Greetings from Maine Replies: 17
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 725
 
Hi Swizzle,
Welcome to the forum.
I am up in central NH and trialing different varieties of figs.
Send me a PM or email through the forum , I have some cuttings to get you started.
Best ,
Kerry

 

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