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Subject: Fig Fiesta Replies: 81
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The olives I brought were purchased 'fresh' [raw] from greatolives.com and cured

Currently they have fresh olives for sale:

https://www.greatolives.com/buy-gourmet-olives/index.php?route=product/category&path=38

Currently they have several sizes of the Sevillano olives for sale. Later [probably a few days], they'll have Manzanillo and Lucques olives.



PS Jon , you never asked me if I could handle 200-250 figs on a Davis day...in fact I'll be there tomorrow right after I land in Sacramento!

Subject: snake wages? Replies: 33
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Is it a bullsnake? If so, they are a huge asset to your property. Same with king snakes, for which rattlesnakes are a natural part of their diet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullsnake
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsnake



Subject: Fig Fiesta Replies: 81
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Thanks Jon and his better half for organizing and hosting a great event. Lots of great figs to taste, great food, great discussions. Too bad I am not heading straight home, or I would have bid on a few trees.

There were lots of good fig-related foods too. For example, Harvey's fig cake was delicious and the home made fig ice cream that Sue Vanderveen (svanessa) brought was incredible!



Subject: Fig Fiesta Replies: 81
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Harvey I am definitely coming early  [to help set up of course!]  :^)

Subject: SUNDAY MORNING....ITALIAN-STYLE Replies: 21
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Frank, thanks for the great description of how wonderful it could be. I had an Italian aunt (R.I.P.) who wouldn't let that "parmesan in the green can" into her house. She would say "we might not be able to afford much, but we can afford to eat right!"

I'd be the one carrying the freshly-cranked home made gelato in the front door, asking, "do you have any room in the icebox for this? I'll serve it after dinner."

Subject: ... a bad girl ... Replies: 20
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A few years ago at dusk, I pulled a log off of my woodpile without gloves, and a black widow crawled across the back of my hand.  She didn't bite me but I still jumped about 3 feet in the air.

Subject: Black Greek fig tree find---SCORE! Replies: 67
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Great score Dennis!!!

Subject: Wow, $7000 for 3 fig trees Replies: 31
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,702
 

Gorgi, yeah I figured there are missing decimal points in both ads....just poking a little fun. :)


Subject: Wow, $7000 for 3 fig trees Replies: 31
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$2560.....is that Nutley NJ or NuttJob NJ ?

Subject: Fig Fiesta Replies: 81
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I attended a family reunion this past week, and brought some of my 2012 batch of home-cured olives. The olives were well-liked, so I will be bringing some to the Fig Fiesta. (Ain't I a stinker for using my relatives as guinea pigs?? :-) )


Subject: Plz welcome the youngest future fig fanatic! Replies: 54
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Beautiful!!  Congrats Howie and Family!

Subject: Fig Fiesta Replies: 81
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I'm hoping to make fig ice cream for the Fig Fiesta, but due to a poor crop both for my dad [who lives 8 miles from Jon] and for me, I probably won't have enough [if any] figs for ice cream.

Could anyone [especially SD Area people] donate some figs for this? I plan on making a gallon of ice cream.
My dad will locate an electric ice cream maker [my family has only hand-crankers], but we're in need of some figs.

They can be any "fair/OK tasting" figs [a blend of varieties is fine], therefore I am surely not expecting anyone to give up their prized varieties to put into ice cream!

We've been making ice cream since I was a kid, and it's something we enjoy. [top picture, blackberry made from san diego grown berries; bottom picture, some of the batches we made during the second half of 2011....peach, mango, key lime, black currant, strawberry, etc....we've even made 'gelati di riso'...and my octogenarian parents are still involved in the process ]


I arrive in SD on Friday evening, and if possible would want to to get the figs then...because I'd make the ice cream mix the night before. Doing so allows the flavors more time to develop before the ice cream is made.


So, if anyone can donate some figs [I'll determine how much] to a good cause, please send me a private message. Thanks!






Subject: Happy Birthday to Montserrat Pons and me. Replies: 7
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Happy Birthday Eden!

Subject: Montserrat Pons' 60th birthday is today Replies: 4
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He speaks Catalan and Spanish, but I think also quite a bit of French, Italian and German.
However, he would easily understand a simple greeting in English (and his son Baltasar is very fluent in Engish).

If you want to say "Happy Birthday" in Catalan [his primary language], it would be:     "Molts d'anys"

Subject: Montserrat Pons' 60th birthday is today Replies: 4
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Montserrat Pons turns 60 today.

If you want to send him a greeting, here's his email address:

mpons.sonmutnou@hotmail.com


Subject: Fig Fiesta Replies: 81
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Cool...I'll make the arrangements.  I'm thinking I could bring some of my home-cured olives. :)

Hey, does anyone local have an electric ice cream maker they could bring [provided electricity is available]?
We could make some fig ice cream. I have seen some recipies online

The reason I say electric, is that all my family has are hand-crankers, which we love using.....however I have discovered that using a hand cranker means you get so busy operating it that you get much less time to visit/learn/share than you would otherwise.

Subject: Fig Fiesta Replies: 81
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How many people are going?  [Are there any spots left?]

Subject: anyone using biochar? tera preta?charoal? Replies: 6
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Hmm I would think it might help for acidic soils, but not for alkaline soils [as it would only make the soil more alkaline].

Subject: Almost 100 year old fig tree Replies: 34
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Joy,

If it is a caprifig, it could be possible to graft different varieties onto it.
With such a long lived tree, it must have an amazing root structure
I'd bet there would be people nearby who would be willing to help with this [provided they can arrive safely ;-) ]

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Tree-grows-driedup-figs-can-I-fix-by-graftng-5750563

Subject: Irish Spring soap --- Deer repellent? Replies: 8
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http://homes.yahoo.com/photos/pests-gone-10-natural-ways-slideshow/pests-gone-11-natural-ways-home-critter-free-photo-220457977.html

Subject: Protecting a fig Replies: 49
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I've used nylon foot stockings [the kind provided in womens'
 shoe stores for trying on shoes] for my apples. They are cheap [4 cents each] when purchased from a store supplies company
.
http://www.storesupply.com/c-592-sewn-bottom-footlet-footies.aspx


Subject: OT Rooting Western Red Cedar cuttings for my dad Replies: 7
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I seem to remember [my last visit was that day in 2007] that there were a lot of sprouts up to 10 or so feet away from the tree. However, I don't recall if they were coming from roots or were actual seedlings. If the latter, I could probably find one with some good roots...and with some TLC, could bring a few home.

Subject: Anybody ever buy from Burnt Ridge? Replies: 24
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I had no problems with Burnt Ridge. I bought two fig trees and a Stella cherry from them about 8 years ago.

Subject: OT Rooting Western Red Cedar cuttings for my dad Replies: 7
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Thanks for the response Americanfigboy. I should have stated that the tree is in a very remote location (it's hours from the nearest public road then about an hour on foot), 1000 miles from my home, in a place that I can only visit every year or two. Therefore air-layering would not be possible. However I appreciate your response!

Subject: OT Rooting Western Red Cedar cuttings for my dad Replies: 7
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Hi, does anyone have experience rooting cuttings of [what we believe is] Western Red Cedar Thuja plicata?  I know it's not a true cedar, but rather it's related to cypress and juniper.

The tree is located in a national forest, about a mile from a place my dad has gone camping since childhood. In 1935, the tree was a 3 foot sapling with the circumference of my then-8 year old dad's thumb. It had gotten knocked over in a rainstorm. Dad propped it up and spent a few hours building an earth/rock berm around it, and it survived.  Now it's about 75 feet tall and my dad is 85 [he was 80 when this picture was taken].

A huge forest fire [the first recorded since the coming of Europeans to the area in the 1770s] went through there 2 months after the picture was taken [notice the bear scratchings on the bark], so we thought it was a goner. However the fire burned the trees surrounding it [the trees with which the cedar tree was competing for sunlight], and it is doing fine.

As you can imagine, this tree has great sentimental value to our dad, and we'd like to root some cuttings from it (we'll be there in about a month).   

Anyway, if anyone has suggestions [preparation, storage, timing, environment, etc.] about rooting these cuttings, please let me know....thanks!





Subject: Can someone suggest a grafting knife/tool? Replies: 28
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I have the two-blade Victorinox in Greenfig's link. That's a good price [only 1 left]  with free shipping and it works great! 

Subject: Grafts -One Year Later Replies: 9
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Very cool.....thanks for sharing!

Subject: Two-year fig trees Replies: 14
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Hi Tom,

I am not sure if you know this, but sending plants to places like the USA and UK requires permits that are expensive and difficult to obtain.

Subject: White wash fig tree tunks? Replies: 4
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In areas with bright sunlight and cool/cold winters, it's used to prevent sunscald [the whitewash reflects the sun's heat that causes cell damage on the trunks of dormant trees].  

However, I've also seen it on palm trees in the tropics....probably more for insects [you can see their boring holds much easier].

Subject: locate Hardy Chicago cuttings Replies: 6
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These two nurseries have a rooted tree. [I've dealt with both, no complaints]

http://ediblelandscaping.com   Virginia
http://www.burntridgenursery.com  Washington State


I see you're in Georgia. I should forewarn you: avoid TyTy...way too many complaints from people.

Subject: Worm Castings Replies: 39
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Tami just to clarify, tea made from the castings is great.
It's the excess moisture in the bin itself [leachate] that is not so good.

Subject: Worm Castings Replies: 39
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There are some common misconceptions about worm compost tea and leachate.


Worm compost tea is made using the castings themselves. There are many worm compost tea recipes, some involve using unsulfured mollases.

Leachate is the liquid that drains away from the worm bin.
My worm bin is a nested set of 5 gallon buckets, the top bucket having holes on the bottom to let the moisture drain out....the leachate drains into the lower bucket.

I used to dilute the leachate and pour it on plants, but nearly everything I have read recently says it's not really good for plants so now I dump it down the toilet. 





http://www.redwormcomposting.com/reader-questions/using-worm-bin-leachate/

http://vermicoast.com/leachate-use-it-or-lose-right-or-wrong-you-decide/

http://www.naturesfootprint.com/leachate-vs-worm-compost-tea



Subject: From bag to pot. Particle size is everything. Replies: 53
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I use this small sifter for sifting out vermicompost as well as perlite dust:



http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Vermicompost-worm-castings-harvester-for-fertilizer-4798858


It's pretty small but a larger version could be easily made

Subject: Storing Cuttings Replies: 22
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I just found some cuttings in the back of the fridge....well wrapped but pretty dark in color.
Also, they have ice crystals on them

Are they history?


Subject: How interesting that fig Replies: 4
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Great picture. It is amazing how tough fig trees can be.
We took these pictures in Zafra, Extremadura Spain  (approx GPS 38.41974,-6.417239    image of Irene with cat to show the scale of the sidewalk square pattern)

The fig tree was growing out of a small crack between a building and the sidewalk. There was nothing but hardscape (buildings, sidewalks, streets) for at least 100 feet in any direction, so I have no idea how it got there



Subject: FedEx sent me a shipping notice! Replies: 24
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During last Friday's visit to Wolfskill, I asked the crew to send any and all leftover light fig cuttings Martin (Dieseler), saying that I would pay the shipping.

I just got the invoice today.....man, won't Martin be surprised!!!   ;-)

Subject: Visited Wolfskill Today Replies: 11
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Ansel Adams was on the site of Wolfskill in 1966, because he took the picture at left






Subject: Fig sellers that are hard to find Replies: 11
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Another source is treesofjoy.com, which is run by one of our members

Subject: Visited Wolfskill Today Replies: 11
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Visited Wolfskill again today [currently in Sac airport]. More flowers and leaves this time  pics later


Subject: Rookie mistake Replies: 13
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A good source of clear cups is Starbucks. 
They server several beverages in large clear cups.
At work, I put out the word that I want these cups for gardening and people drop them off at my desk. Worth a shot!




Subject: Pruning shears at Costco. Replies: 27
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Gina, we are of the same mindset....I was at Costco (ABQ  420 N Renaissance Blvd ) about 10 days ago....saw it on my way in the door, and bought it.


I was in the West Side ABQ store last night and didn't see it [but it was after an 11 hour workday, so I wasn't very observant as it was]


According to this page, they are warehouse only:

http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201303?pg=106#pg106

 


Subject: cuttings growing figs common? Replies: 12
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Hi Nicole, it's a pretty common occurrence.  Removing the 'figlets' is the right thing to do...because all they do is sap the energy away from the cutting....energy it should be using to grow roots!

Subject: Momma Gopher dies :-)) Replies: 44
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I second the suggestion about no castor bean plants
The critters are too smart to eat the beans, and the plants can quickly get out of control.

Subject: Momma Gopher dies :-)) Replies: 44
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If your climate resembles that of the Pacific Northwest (US), you might see if you can get ahold of a tree octopus. They do a great job of keep the tree rat population down....and being carnivores, they leave your fruit alone.

They were once nearly hunted to extinction, but are making a comeback and are even bred in captivity.



Subject: Took some pictures of the fig forest Replies: 21
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WOW, that's really close to my favorite food shop the LA area: La Española Meats

http://www.laespanolameats.com

33.796909,-118.291483

They make their own Spanish-styled chorizos and other cured meat products [husband is from Ohio, wife is from Valencia, Spain]

"For an aficionado of Spain’s cured meats, chorizo Bilbao, Butifarra Catalana, chorizo Pamplona, chorizo Cantimpalo, chorizo Soria, Salchichón de Vic, Sobrasada Mallorquina, Morcillas de Arroz, Morcillas de Cebolla, jamón Serrano, Lomo Embuchado, and much more can all be found at La Española Meats. As U.S. restrictions on the importation of meats have softened, the company has been selling Redondo Iglesias Jamón Serrano, Fermin Jamón Iberico and 5J Jamón Iberico de Bellota. The famed Black Hoofed Pig."

Yes, I know that's a shameless plug for a non-fig related business, but since several of you have Spanish spouses, and others of you just like Spanish cuisine....you might like to know about it [Our friend from Jerez loves this place]


Subject: OT My New Love..Macadamia Replies: 14
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Does anyone know if macadamia trees root very well from cuttings?

The last time I saw the site of the farm where my dad grew up, the tree was doing pretty well. I will be out that way in a few months.

Due to the family history and still having relatives in the area, I don't think I'd have a hard time convincing the current owners of the property to let me have a few cuttings, but I'd want to know how feasible it is.

Subject: OT My New Love..Macadamia Replies: 14
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My grandparents had a macadamia tree, and the nuts are indeed hard. My uncle built a really neat macadamia nut cracker but I have not seen it for years and he passed away 10 years ago


I have seen some store bought macadamia nut crackers, as well as this home-made one on ebay.

Someone with metalworking skills could make this easily  [or could barter with someone who does]






Subject: OT-Ever wonder what our members look like? Replies: 336
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Grasa  (o seu nome é "Graça", não?),

Sim, Irene parece brasileira, mais os seus pais são do México.

Subject: Underground Exterminator Replies: 44
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Just a comment about the original subject....I would NOT use charcoal or anything else that could cause a fire.
Far too many wildfires have been started from such activities.

Subject: OT-Ever wonder what our members look like? Replies: 336
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 23,382
 
Paul and Irene [in that order, ha ha ha]


 

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