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Subject: Figs Coming Full Force Replies: 21
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,262
 
Tim ,
Great to see that you are having such a productive fig season already.
Hope they keep rolling in all year.
Thanks for the desciptions of how these varieties do for you.
How early will your Hollier and Improved Celeste ripen ?

Subject: Early leapers this year Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,136
 

In post # 10 the last picture is Ronde de Bordeaux


Subject: Herman made me do it Replies: 19
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,016
 
When I got Florea cuttings from Herman in 2009/2010 , he suggested I  plant one of my extra  rooted cuttings in its permanent home in the ground, the first season, here in zone 5 central NH.
Didn't feel daring enough to do it last year, but I ended up planting it a week ago in its final spot. A strip of ground just big enough along the driveway and neighboring concrete retaining wall.
This plant had been grown in a 12"x24" bulb crate that was 8" deep and trained as two arms very close to the ground. An ultra short version of what the Japanese growers were shown doing in their greenhouses, with the idea of getting fruit from the upright growing shoots each season.
Hope the spot works out and that I can just heap soil over it in the Winter for protection along with some bags of leaves and snow from the driveway.
We don't salt that area of the driveway during Winter, so that won't be a worry.
Only bad point is it is mostly western exposure.

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Subject: Dealing with Desert King that dropped the breba crop ?! Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,360
 
Paully ,
Thanks so much for your detailed answer.
It is a big help for me here in NH.

Subject: Dealing with Desert King that dropped the breba crop ?! Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,360
 
So Paully , you are pinching at 4th or 5th leaf on DK ?
Just wonder why Geofiz advice is to pinch late July on breba types.
Really enjoyed the paper Geofiz wrote on growing figs in cool climates.

Subject: Dealing with Desert King that dropped the breba crop ?! Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,360
 
Hi Ottowan ,
I was thinking of the pinching in terms of the resulting branching producing more wood this year for next years breba crop.
Do you think waiting until late july to pinch, as geofiz mentions, is better than pinching at six leaves to get the desired branching for next seasons breba sites ?

Subject: Dealing with Desert King that dropped the breba crop ?! Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,360
 
My one year old DK-RT from Encanto cuttings set a dozen breba , but now has lost a few. I think I am down to seven now. Hope they can hold on so I can give it a try.
Should I pinch new growth at six leaves ?
I know geofiz mentioned pinching terminals just before bud break in Spring and again in late July.

Subject: Any effect from street lights ? Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 764
 
I have several 25 gallon pots out in front of the house for the first time this year.
There are street lights on both corners of the property.
Does anyone know if there are any positive or negative effects to consider from figs being near street lights ?
Thanks ,
Kerry 

Subject: summer cuttings Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,214
 
Bass ,
Looking forward to seeing the technique you post in summer on rooting softwood cuttings. I tried last year and none did well. Figured there must be a way to get it to work.
Kerry

Subject: Ready to put fig pots in ground Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,391
 
Thanks for clearing that up for me Herman and Ottawan.
Makes sense to me so I will adjust what I tell folks.

Subject: Ready to put fig pots in ground Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,391
 
Cecil there is great info in that link and it is one of the ones that made me  decide to encourage people up here to follow that method.
I haven't seen any other posts that I recall that says why burying deeper is problematic. 
Thanks for posting that one. 

Subject: Ready to put fig pots in ground Replies: 30
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,391
 
Herman ,
I hope you can get a chance at some point to explain what you mean about making a big mistake by burying the pot more than 3 to 5 inches. I respect your opinion very much , and  haven't seen in your previous posts on the topic that there is a danger in burying deeper.
I am worried that I have misdirected people who have gotten figs from me that they can bury their 5 gallon pots right up to the rim if they want.
Does someone else know Herman's thoughts on this if he doesn't have a chance to answer ?
Is it a concern about the pot retaining too much moisture even with holes all over the sides ?
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: Are Latarolla breba worth leaving on ? Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,719
 
Just saw Tim's post on his Areano RR.
I'll look forward to seeing what he thinks of the breba.

Subject: Are Latarolla breba worth leaving on ? Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,719
 
Thanks Ed for the info on your latarolla. I will follow your plan.

nkesh, that is good to know about Latarulla(Italian Honey) as my tree of that also has some breba.

I am also wondering about the 1 year old Atreano (RR) that has breba.
I remember somewhere Herman said that they were ok , but I think he knocks them off. Can't seem to find that old post.

At least my 1 year old Desert King RT has a dozen breba that look good.

Subject: Are Latarolla breba worth leaving on ? Replies: 27
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,719
 
My one year old Latarolla have a few breba . Are they a good breba or should I pull them off to save energy for the main crop ?
Thanks,
Kerry

Subject: Wter barrel with floating sunflowers seeds Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,507
 
Cathy ,
My combination of being a technophobe and super busy right now , I probably won't get to it, but I'll try.
It really is just a plastic barrel sitting by the shady fence corner with a piece of 1x4 board sitting on the top opening. Barrel is about 1/3 to 1/2 full of water with black sunflower seeds forming a thick layer on top of the water to hide the water. I put a very  small handful of seeds on the board to get them to check it out.

Subject: Wter barrel with floating sunflowers seeds Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,507
 
strudeldog that was probably the post I saw.
I appreciate that it has worked so well. I got 2 more yesterday after I re- baited the barrel. The sunflower seeds eventually sink , so put a new layer on the water and few seeds on the board across the top of the barrel.
Had noticed some more digging in the fig pots , didn't know why the trap stopped working. Adding more sunflower seeds was all it took to get it going again . I don't enjoy this , but the damage is just to much to ignore and there is no shortage of squirrels.
Thanks ,
Kerry

Subject: Wter barrel with floating sunflowers seeds Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,507
 
JD ,
I'm not sure where I read it.
One of the fig forums for sure.
All I did was put the barrel in the corner of the fenceline where they hang out or pass thru frequently
They can look down from the fence to see the seed laying there ,obscuring the fact I suppose that it is actually floating on water. I put a scrap of 1x4 board across the top of the barrel and placed a few of the black sunflower seeds to entice them out on the board. From there I guess they do their best to reach down to get the seed . Usually I find the small piece of board has slipped away from them, but I've never seen them fall in.
My friend who approaches it more seriously descibed how he fixes the board to the barrel with a hinge inside the barrel, they walk out on the board to get the seed and fall in.

Subject: Wter barrel with floating sunflowers seeds Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,507
 
It looks like a 30 or 35 gallon barrel
about the same height as a 55 gallon barrel
I did have one squirrel that was long enough that I saw it hang by one leg on the rim and reach down to get the seed, sit on the rim to eat it and go back for more , so I lowered the water level a little and put soap on the rim.
Not sure the soap helped , probably just the extra reach to get the seed . 

Subject: Wter barrel with floating sunflowers seeds Replies: 20
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,507
 
A big thank you to whoever posted the info on controlling marauding/fig damaging squirrels using the water barrel/ sunflower seed method.
I got rid of 4 squirrels in a couple of days this way. The first 2 went in within 1 hour of setting it up.
I hate to have to do this , but they were digging in all the fig pots and vegetable containers every day and wouldn't stop when I warned them of the consequences.
Anyway it worked well and the digging has stopped.

Subject: Good fortune to meet Dominick Replies: 1
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 698
 
I had the pleasure of having a visit from (nypd5229) Dominick when he happened to find himself a bit north of his normal stomping grounds .
It was such an enjoyable experience to meet in person someone else who speaks fig .
We were able to share a lot of ideas on how we each do cuttings propagation and share some of our extras with one another.
I could have talked fig all day and I probably took up more of his day than intended.
Your welcome back anytime Dominick and I'll try to do better about not interupting you so much in mid sentence as a fig thought comes across my mind.

Kerry

Subject: tested ph should i add lime? Replies: 17
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,015
 
Dominick ,
Just curious what the knockoff Pro-Mix that you are using is called.

Subject: Biofungicide- Bacillus subtilis Replies: 18
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,791
 
Comfrey tea is another great idea.
Has worked well for me like nettle for foliar feeding or watering.
In greenhouse work for veggie crops or seedlings I have used a common Biodynamic technique of alternating weekly sprayings of stinging nettle tea one week folowed the next week by comfrey or chammomile tea.
 Idea is to promote general health of the crops. Always saw beneficial response.

Subject: Biofungicide- Bacillus subtilis Replies: 18
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,791
 
Brent ,
I've used stinging nettle tea often over the years and find it very helpful for plants at all stages of growth.
It can get quite smelly after a few days , but many of the old gardeners that I know who have used it think it is best as the smell gets stronger.
For my use I prefer it before it gets too strong, usually I use it up in three to four days. If you haven't used it before , be sure to bruise the material very well before you add water so that it releases its goodness more rapidly.
By the way I have found if you use it just after 24 hrs or so it is helpful in deterring ants.
Stinging nettles are used to make one of the Biodynamic compost preparations. It is an exceptional plant.
Wear gloves !
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: New ( to me) organic small animal repellent Replies: 9
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 729
 
Rafed ,
Hope you can get the squirrels under control and enjoy all of your figs for yourself and family.

Jason ,
Hope your traps work to control your marauders.

Subject: Stink Bugs Replies: 19
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,208
 
Anyone tried kaolin clay/water spray (Surround) to help control them on plants ?

Worked effectively for controlling cucumber beetles for us when we grew acres of veggies for sale.

Subject: New ( to me) organic small animal repellent Replies: 9
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 729
 
Just saw an ad in a grower magazine for a product that may be worth looking into to help in repelling small animal pests of figs. May help Jason in his epic clash with squirrels or others with similar problems.

Plantskydd - Vole repellent is what they call it. My main reason to mention it is because I know many people who have had good results with the deer repellent they sell and some live where they can't fire at will on the varmits.
Listed as working for squirells , nutria, possum,rabbits,voles ...
http://www.plantskydd.com   or 1-800-252-6051

I'm not selling it , just saying it may help some of us. I'd look into it if squirrels or chipmunks become a problem as my now young trees start producing. Which I hope is this season.

Maybe someone has already tried it.

Kerry

Subject: New Online Nursery Found Replies: 29
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,836
 

I think Martin is using today's date for playing a joke


Subject: Spring in SETexas Replies: 25
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,614
 
Tim ,
Great looking pictures of your place.
With that fig list you are going to need more room for Tim's Fig Farm.
When will you be opening up for U-Pick ?
Thanks for the pics.
Kerry
Zone 5 NH where it is still in the teens and 20's at night

Subject: Top Tasting Black and white figs in my backyard. Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 985
 
Anthony ,
Could you mention the order of ripening of your favorites and how early the first one starts ?
Thanks ,
Kerry
Zone5 NH

Subject: The Fig Shuffle Replies: 28
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,782
 
Martin , Thanks your fig shuffle info is a big help for me in zone 5.

About the poisonous quality of oleander , I grew up in Tampa and some of the beaches there had large oleander plants . Some visitors who were unaware and ignored the warning signs would make themselves very ill or die because of the smoke from the fires they built on the beach using oleander as a fuel source.

Reminds me of a few lines from Shakespeare that an old garden teacher used to have us recite to bring home the powerful qualities of plants and humans.
It is the soliloquy by Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet , starts off with the words : The grey-eyed morn...

A little off topic , but hey its The Bard , he always has something interesting to say , though I'm not sure he ever fig shuffled.

Subject: The Fig Shuffle Replies: 28
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,782
 
Thanks for the answers .
Martin , how long will you wait until all your figs are doing the  "shuffle" ?
For instance your Madeira and others that you have kept in place for now.
Thanks ,
Kerry

Subject: The Fig Shuffle Replies: 28
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,782
 
Hi Martin ,
What I meant by :  "Minimum temp indoors once shuffle has started to wake up plants" , was once the trees start to leaf out , how cold can it get when the plants are stored for the night without you worrying. Can they get as low as 35*F , 40*F.
Don't want to start the shuffle if I can't keep them protected enough at night.

Subject: The Fig Shuffle Replies: 28
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,782
 
Martin ,
What are the fig shuffle steps again ?
Minimum temp to move outside?
Minimum temp indoors once shuffle has started to wake up plants ?
This is a dance I need to learn for NH.
Thanks ,
Kerry

Subject: UC Davis orders Replies: 71
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 4,609
 

You crack me up Bass


Subject: Have you uncovered your trees Replies: 13
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,011
 
Bass ,
What variety was the breba you ate and how was it ?

Subject: 6 Cuttings On Wish List Replies: 176
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 17,501
 
Would love to try :

Zumwalt
Lampeira
O'Rourke (5 lobe version)
Dalmatie
Smith
Hunt

Subject: my early start project Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 876
 
Great shots of your greenhouse.
I think I see a much larger GH in your future.
Something like 20'x48' should be a good next step !
How are you doing your 400 cuttings? Straight into your mix in those pots with no pre- rooting stage ?
Kerry

Subject: Early leapers this year Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,136
 
Thanks Jason ,
I got the Ronde de Bordeaux from Bass.
I don't know what it is about RdB , but I just love the way it looks.
Used to work in a tree nursery in northern California ,this Rdb reminded me of the way stool beds of dwarfing apple rootstocks we grew there looked, so I decided to airlayer as much as I could from it. 

Subject: Appreciation for all the rooting help Replies: 14
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,197
 
What I like is that there are so many good examples of rooting techniques on this forum that you can try a few that appeal to you and stick with what works best in your situation. I am giving Dan's method of using the 3" peat pot a try with some extra cuttings just to see how it goes.
Also want to try cuttings taken just before trees wake up and put in the 3" pots and forget about fussing with them. Just keep them from freezing up here. Like the mass rooting idea mentioned on another post .

Subject: Florida -catepillar invasion ? Replies: 10
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 964
 
Hi Ruben ,
I think you are right. My brother in Tampa said they are all over everything right now in his area. He is going to spray with Dipel with a little soap after breaking up the web. Dipel has worked well for me for almost any catepillar and they are more likely to have that around.
Thanks ,
Kerry

Subject: Early leapers this year Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,136
 
Hey ce4656 ,
Yes those are SIP's , been using them for several years for veggies , so I thought figs should do well.
Several sites show how to make them ,globalbuckets is one that gives a good example of the double buckets version and others.
A member of this forum , Duane , wrote in recently with a good new approach for other SIP's.


Subject: Early leapers this year Replies: 22
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,136
 
Have some nice growth in my New Hampshire lakes region micro climate. Just moving them in and out of the barn can do wonders.

OK , it's not really this year , just wanted to share in the waterfall of enthusiasm sweeping from the South, heading North I hope.

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Subject: Appreciation for all the rooting help Replies: 14
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,197
 
Started reading the forum back in Fall of 2009 and tried my hand at rooting cuttings that Winter.
Just wanted to say thanks for all the info here on rooting cuttings.
Everyone does it a little differently , but for my set up a few key helpful hints made a big difference in my results.
One was Peg's tip to use moist sphagnum moss for rooting. So I use that in plastic shoeboxes, always soaked in mosquito dunk water to deter fungus gnats.

Next was fignut's idea to use smaller sized containers that the roots take full control of more quickly. So I changed from 20 or 16 ounce cups to the deep 3" pots I use for tomato and pepper seedlings .

Then tapla's use of wicks to move extra water out of containers if overwatered. So I put wicks in all my containers prior to potting up any cuttings now as I have the personal failing of being a serial overwaterer.
These and all the other experiences forum members have sent in have aided me in getting decent results.

Some pictures of my fig mania attached , hopefully.

Kerry
zone 5 NH

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Subject: Florida -catepillar invasion ? Replies: 10
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 964
 
I planted several figs in pots for my parents in Florida and today they called to say some the figs are covered by web type catepillar , light yellow/green body with a dark head.
I'll get them or brother to spray with Dipel , but I wondered if this is a widespread thing with other Florida growers.
Best ,
Kerry
zone 5 NH 

Subject: Florea Replies: 5
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,115
 
The Florea I am thinking of planting is one I grew in an 8" deep bulb crate (15"x23") this past season. I trained it to 2 arms parallel to the ground to make it easy to cover in the Winter if I do decide to risk planting it. I have other Florea , so I should give it a try.
I should put it in a spot that is sure to collect snow or easy to pile it there.
Thanks for reminding me about the hardiness of Florea.
Herman told me to plant one out the first year because it is so cold hardy.

Subject: Florea Replies: 5
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,115
 
What have your lowest temps been this Winter ?
Thinking of planting one Florea in ground here in NH.
Lowest temp here so far -15F
Kerry

Subject: Just had a visit by the FBI Replies: 32
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,020
 
Bass ,
Hope it wasn't too traumatic and that you and family get over any underlying trauma soon.
Must be hard to think you came under any suspicion.
Best wishes to you and your family.
Kerry

Subject: Identify this fig, and win Replies: 49
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,108
 
Dominick,
Are you hinting its Sal's ?

Subject: Identify this fig, and win Replies: 49
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,108
 
Bethlehem Black ?
Salem Dark ?
Some version of Brown Turkey ?
  These are stabs in the dark only.
Kerry

 

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