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Subject: Ok Guys - Test your knowledge of these old cars Replies: 10
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Caneyscud said:
Quote:
Unfortunately we sold the 64 1/2 mustang and my uncle sold his '53 Indian prior to me getting old enough to drive.

I feel your pain. The first job I had was cleaning a barber shop after school. At the time, the barber owned two Vincent Black Shadows, which he wanted to sell. Yes it was a few years before I could get a driver's license.  *sigh*

Subject: Ok Guys - Test your knowledge of these old cars Replies: 10
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 818
 

Great test!   I received:

 

"You got 81% (39 right out of 48). The average score is 73%"

 

Which isn't bad considering it's 4am and I made a few silly mistakes

 

 


Subject: Newtown Pippin Apple Cuttings available Replies: 0
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I need to prune some branches from my Newtown Pippin apple tree, and have some cuttings available. 

I'd prefer to swap them for fig cuttings, but I'm open to  'for postage' swaps too.

The Newtown Pippin, which originated in Queens NY in the mid 1700s, was grown by both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Anyway, if interested, send me a private message

Paul











I also could take some cuttings from my Arkansas Black apple tree.


Subject: should I wrap with leaves on the tree? Replies: 14
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Hopefully I wasn't too late. When I got back many of the leaves were wilted from the frost, so I pruned them back [cuttings to be swapped] and covered them temporarily until I can wrap them this weekend.







Subject: should I wrap with leaves on the tree? Replies: 14
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I wonder the same thing about my in-ground fig trees [Italian Honey and Desert King]. It's before sunrise on the first frost night [-3° C, 28° F]. They look pretty good but should I wait for the leaves to fall before wrapping them? I have time this weekend but not for a few weekends after that.

PS those of you who sent me messages about getting cuttings from me, I haven't forgotten you and have your messages. [some i responded to, others are in my inbox]  For some of you I didn't get an address so I will contact you.












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Subject: Montserrat Pons and fig products at Llucamajor (Mallorca, Spain) village fair Replies: 2
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Here are some pictures of Montserrat Pons offering his fig products at the annual fair in his village of Llucamajor, on the island of Mallorca.

The direct links to the images [in Facebook] kept breaking because they were too long, so I posted one image on the F4F, and added a text file that has URLs to the rest of the images.  All you need to do is remove the .txt from the filename and open the file in a browser









Subject: OT: Raw olives available for curing Replies: 2
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Hi Folks, The place I get my raw ("fresh") olives from [located in Northern California] currently has them for sale:


Shipping is reasonable, and they even have a shipping estimator on the page.



Subject: Prayer request for my brother in law and family Replies: 45
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Gene, we send our prayers to you and your family.  - Paul and Irene

Subject: Fig Jam made from Bass' recipes Replies: 11
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,428
 
Good to know to both Gum Arabics are edible

For Mastic however, not all are edible!



Subject: Fig Jam made from Bass' recipes Replies: 11
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Caneyscud, I believe that they are different

The Gum Arabic you refer to comes from an acacia tree, while the "mastic" (sometimes called Arabic Gum) comes from a pistacia tree.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gum_arabic

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mastic_(plant_resin)




Subject: Fig Jam made from Bass' recipes Replies: 11
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,428
 
Hi Bass,
Yes I did use the mastic...it has a lemon-like flavor. According to my wife maybe I used a tiny pinch too much. However, to me it tastes pretty good!


Subject: Fig Jam made from Bass' recipes Replies: 11
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,428
 
This morning I made some fig jam using two of Bass' recipes:

Aida's fresh fig jam   -  http://www.treesofjoy.com/content/fig-recipes

I had been in San Diego and brought back about 6lbs of figs in my luggage. In the picture, they are at left, as well as the reddish colored jam


Also I made Sun dried fig jam  - http://www.treesofjoy.com/content/sun-dried-fig-jam

I had some dried Calimyrna figs from Costco. The brown jam was made from these.  Since my parents' fresh figs were so juicy, I used their juice instead of water called for in the sun dried fig jam recipe.

So far so good!


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Subject: Question about Desert King. Replies: 17
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Here are some  pictures of the figs from my Dad's tree




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Subject: Question about Desert King. Replies: 17
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As a follow up, I just got back from 4 days in San Diego, Dad's mystery tree is now continuously producing lots of ripe figs....so it seems not to be a fluke.  

The flavor was ok, but this is the first year the tree has produced ripe figs.  [What I learned here is to not judge a fig on the first few years of figs it produces.]   

Also, they live pretty close to the ocean  [just one mile northeast of here: ], and this has been an unseasonably cool summer. Therefore, the fact that they got any ripe figs is an indicator of good things to come!


I took some pictures [which I will post later] of the fruit and the leaves. From pictures of leaves I showed Jon a while back, it could be Reverse [Panachee reverted back to no-stripes]. Seeing the ripe fruit makes me believe that's what it is.






Subject: UC Davis Scionwood Replies: 18
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afigfan, I  emailed my order nearly a month ago, sent a follow up, and just yesterday got a confirmation of the order.  So, due to staffing, etc, constraints it does take a while, but if it's been a month, you might write a follow up.  Reading suggestions from other members, here's what I wrote:

My original order sent a while ago and might not have gotten to the right people. I have not heard a confirmation it was received, thus  I am re-submitting it, in case the email was lost in transit. Thanks for your help!

Subject: I Think My Fig Is Mooning Me. Replies: 13
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That Jlo fig reminds me of the apple I got last year:

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Subject: Question about Desert King. Replies: 17
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Since this relates to Desert King, I'm reopening this rather than starting a  new thread.

About 7 years ago, my dad planted a fig tree in his yard [he lives about 8 miles from Jon], but the fruit has never ripened. We surmised that the tree [an unknown transplanted from the home of a friend who was moving], needed more heat than coastal San Diego could supply.

So, two years ago we bought a Desert King from Jon and planted it in his yard.






Well....this year, he not only got ripe Desert King figs, the other tree has produced ripe figs too. This, despite San Diego having a cooler-than-average summer this year.

Dad said "I think the other tree realized that unless it put out, it was about to be replaced,"

Some pics of the unknown tree, taken about 2 years ago:

Subject: 55 Gallon Drums Replies: 12
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Rafed is right, it's best to check what the contents were.

If you get a 'food grade" barrel  [usually slightly more], it means it has only been filled by something that is edible [for example, corn syrup]. 

Subject: Scion order Replies: 21
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Not sure what I am doing wrong. 
On Aug 22, I set up an acct with one of the autorized shippers, then I sent in my cuttings request to Bernie Prins' email address [subject: PLANT MATERIAL REQUEST FORM], and waited a week for a response. I also checked the shipping account to see if I had gotten some type of message [didn't]

Yesterday, Aug 30, I sent a follow up to the OrdersNCGR.davis email address, saying that I hadn't gotten a response and just wanted to be sure it had been received

I still haven't heard from either.  I did request quite a few cuttings but I said "I am not sure what quantity to request, so anything from the listing would be great"

Subject: BC Vasilika Sika, BC Sals Corleone, Longe D'out, Rosso Di Trani, Brogiotto Bianco, tree pics. Replies: 11
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Jose, how did your trees fare after the below zero weather in early February?

Subject: Mad @ Black Madeira Replies: 38
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It would seem that what Pinot Noir is to wine grapes, Black Madeira is to figs. Difficult and frustrating to grow, but when it succeeds, the results are sublime, change a few words in the following, and it could apply to BM:


"You're beautiful...a goddess...but so exasperating! Loving you is like
worshiping an unfaithful temptress! As often as you've disappointed us with
your undependable ways, you always seem to draw us back. Your alluring
beauty and elegance leave us helpless and forgiving of all your moodiness.
So long disdainful of any place outside of your home on the golden slopes of
Burgundy, we've learned to pacify your temperamental nature with brisk
coastal breezes and hillside vistas of the New World. Perhaps now you will
grace us with all the charm and beauty that has kept the Burgundians devoted
to you for centuries."



Subject: Desert King and Italian Honey cuttings to be available Replies: 1
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Hi, I forgot to mention that I bought both fig varieties from Burnt Ridge Nursery a few years ago.





Subject: Desert King and Italian Honey cuttings to be available Replies: 1
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Hi,
I will have lots of Desert King and Italian Honey cuttings this winter for swap or postage. I know they're not uncommon but if you're interested,  send me a private message.    -- Paul




Subject: New Mexico fig growers: want to split shipping costs for ordering polycarbonate greenhouse panels? Replies: 3
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Jason thanks for the bump and Leon thanks for the response. One option I have is in November my brother will be driving from San Diego (Ridout plastics there has the panels) through Albuquerque.  Anyway, somehow I'll get them.     Glad you enjoyed the olives....I have more for ya if you'd like!  :-)



Subject: You are probably a "fignut" if........ Replies: 72
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If you can relate to this scenario:

1
Thinking [pre-fignut days]:
"I live in a hot sunny place and there's not enough shade in my backyard, I need to plant some trees."

2
Planting some nice trees that provide shade, affectionately caring for them as they grow.

3
[post-fignut epiphany]
"Hmmmm....these darned [non-fig] trees are creating too much shade in the backyard for my fig trees!"

Subject: You are probably a "fignut" if........ Replies: 72
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 3,787
 
If, when on vacation, you take pictures of fig trees

AND

when you come home, you find the fig trees on Google Maps!

AND

You determine the GPS coordinates!!!!



GPS   49.338927,-0.620789 Arromanches-les-Bains Normandy, France....just inland from the D-Day "Mulberry" harbors

Subject: New Mexico fig growers: want to split shipping costs for ordering polycarbonate greenhouse panels? Replies: 3
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Hi, I'm getting ready to build an 8'x16' greenhouse, and am considering purchasing multiwall polycarbonate panels for the roof  [for the walls, I am re-using some dual-pane sliding glass door panels].

Anyway, in my research so far, it seems that the shipping prices for buying the four 4x8 sheets are pretty high, but not at all or not much higher for additional sheets.  So....is there anyone out there [for example Leon or Jose] who has wanted to make an order but has been putting it off because of the high shipping costs? If so, maybe we could combine an order and pro-rate the shipping costs. Please contact me if you are interested [or if you know of a good local alternative to buy them]

Thanks!  Paul in ABQ

Subject: Montserrat pons Replies: 11
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He's a very nice guy but I don't think he mails cuttings out...at least not to North America because of the customs/agricultural/etc., restrictions.

Subject: OT - Mangoes Replies: 64
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One of my work colleagues [from India] swears the best tasting mango is the "Alphonso", which was named after Afonso de Albuquerque, a Portuguese explorer and nobleman


Paully, that's the NICEST description I have heard about the durian smell...they won't even allow it on Singapore public transit:


Subject: OT - Mangoes Replies: 64
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Funny the subject of mangoes should come up....yesterday I made some Mango-Key Lime ice cream :-)


Subject: Visiting USDA / UC Davis Replies: 35
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Hi Jon, I was but 20 miles from there today [am at Sac airport right now], but didn't have a chance to stop by, sniff sniff.   I might be having a business meeting in the Sac area that week, so keep me posted.

Subject: OT: Picture of red moon caused by Arizona Forest fires Replies: 7
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Taken outside my house in Albuquerque NM last night @ 11:15pm

The moon was more than 45 degrees above the horizon when I took this, so I can only imagine what it looked like when it was about to set.



Subject: A Windy Day Replies: 18
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Warm/hot and dry is the standard during the New Mexico growing season. Things do get dehydrated quickly, something Leon and Jose also can attest to. 

Subject: Snow Coming Your Way Replies: 54
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Noss, this morning, I checked tree #3 and indeed there is new growth. It wasn't there yesterday! So...all is well here! :-)

Subject: Snow Coming Your Way Replies: 54
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Hi folks, just opening this old thread to state that at least 2 of my 3 in-ground figs survived the -12 degree F. winter temperatures. Hooray!

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Subject: How to make Potting Mixes by Dr. O'Rourke Replies: 21
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Hey Dan, your April Fool's Day joke is 25 days too late :-)

Subject: Is there a 12 step program? Replies: 9
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1 Left work at lunchtime to get my car emissions tested
2 Saw a place offering 1/2 price emissions tests.
3 While car is being tested, noticed nursery across the street.
4 Stopped at nursery because "I might need something"
5 Nursery had a few common varieties of fig trees, one of which I have wanted but don't have.
6 Rationalized that "saving $ on the emissions test means I could get the fig tree"

I'm not addicted, I can quit anytime!

Subject: Happy 150th Birthday Italy! Replies: 2
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Buon Compleanno Italia!!  One of my favorite places on Earth!
Italy was unified as a nation 150 years ago [yesterday I think].

I found this picture and had to share it. I know that pictures don't always display properly, so here is a shortcut to the URL:

http://tinyurl.com/48jkjsa


Subject: Is there a 12 step program? Replies: 9
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Location: with my cousin at his house near Santa Cruz, CA [a detour made during a weeklong business trip]

As we are about to leave, and I notice there's a fig tree in the yard next door. (My cousin had told us that it just sold the day before, and that he knows both the seller and buyer.) Therefore, I ask:

"I notice that there is a fig tree in the yard, do you think that they would mind if I collected a cutting? It's the right time of year to do it." 

Looking slightly puzzled yet nonetheless pleased (because at some point in his life, he probably has seen his mom the master gardener ask a similar favor), he responds, "I'm certain that neither the seller nor buyer would mind. Let me go get some pruning shears"

I proceed to cut off a branch that's growing inward towards the trunk at an awkward angle, such that it would be pruned anyway.

Is there a twelve step program, or am I addicted for life?  ;-)

Subject: UC Davis fig tasting Replies: 10
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,116
 

I just drove past UC Davis an hour ago, sadly I could not take the time to plan/make a visit. However I really need to figure out how to work it into my schedule [I will be making more trips to the greater Sacramento area]. If anyone has suggestions of where to go and what to see, I am all ears.


Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
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Picked up 90 air pillows at work today, and probably 40 last Friday. They were happy to get rid of them.

Hmm...maybe I should offer to trade these for cuttings!


Subject: Just had a visit by the FBI Replies: 32
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Dang, that sux. Hopefully they will leave you alone....or at least sign up to your mailing list.

Subject: You won't believe this! Replies: 22
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Sue's not in the boonies. It was the boonies 40 years ago but not anymore!!

Subject: You won't believe this! Replies: 22
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,540
 
Stay warm Sue!  That storm was supposed to be here this morning, but no sign of it yet.

Subject: Just for fun! Replies: 16
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I found the location of that first pic:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/flydime/3934388987/
La Boqueria Market, Barcelona

http://www.boqueria.info/index.php?lang=en

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=&layer=c&cbll=41.38208,2.172334&cbp=12,230,0,0,0

Irene and I were there last April!

Subject: Fig in Phoenix?? Replies: 28
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Willcox is located on Interstate 10, just west of the Arizona New Mexico  border. The climate there is more like Las Cruces NM or El Paso TX than it is like Phoenix or Tucson.


Subject: Plant Tags Replies: 28
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On my way back from lunch today, I saw a window coverings shop and stopped by. They were happy to give me a damaged white aluminum miniblind that otherwise would have gone into the landfill.  It'll probably give me a few years of tree tags. Thanks for sharing the idea Bill!


Subject: Plant Tags Replies: 28
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Bill I had thought about using aluminum can strips, but when cut they have pretty sharp edges, so for now I have changed my mind.

Subject: Collecting and drying figs in Ibiza, Spain Replies: 2
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Interesting, thanks! Her accent and pronunciation suggests that she speaks Spanish as her second language, with Catalan as her first language. (I could be off base here, but that's my impression.

Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 11,555
 
A new source of rooting bags: air pillows used in packaging.

Over the weekend, I received several items from Amazon.com and saw that the box was nearly filled with a string of 7" x 4" air pillows. They have perforations that makes it easy to pull them apart.

Anyone who receives packages on a constant basis probably gets [and tosses] these air pillows.



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