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Subject: Science Daily Fig-related articles Replies: 0
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World's Oldest Fig Wasp Fossil Proves That If It Works, Don't Change It
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100615191649.htm 


Cooperation Between Figs, Wasps And Parasites Proves Three Is Not Always A Crowd
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080311093345.htm


Punishment Important in Plant-Pollinator Relationship
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100114143513.htm


 

Subject: Happy Canada Day Replies: 6
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Happy Canada Day.
[ancestors from both sides of my family came from Canada]

Subject: My First Figs Replies: 34
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,945
 
Tim,


Any Lowes or Home Depot in our neck of the woods has evaporative cooler parts [you could probably have them order things and ship to your store], but here's a site that has parts [so you become acquainted with them]

http://www.home-improvement-superstore.com/building-materials-heating--venting---cooling-evaporative-coolers.html

http://images.teamsugar.com/files/upl1/6/61259/25_2008/Picture%201_4.png

One concern:
Evaporative cooling works great for those of us in dry climates...adding moisture to the air cools it effectively. However, in humid climates I am not sure how effective it would be. However if it's being effectively used for greenhouses, it would mean that someone knows how to make it work.


Subject: My First Figs Replies: 34
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2007_giants wrote:

<<If I remember correctly he had a chiller system set up which would drip chilled water on a thick horse hide or horse hair woven mat with a fan behind it blowing the cold through there was a pan to catch the dripping cold water and it would pump back through. I don't remember it it had a float switch hooked up to keep the proper water level >>


That's a textbook description of an evaporative ["swamp"] cooler....something that we  in the high desert of NM know very well. That just sparked some ideas for when I get a greenhouse set up.

Subject: First Ripe Italian Honey Breba Zone 7 Replies: 7
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Hello John, this morning Irene and I enjoyed the first Italian Honey breba.  Pretty good!

Regards,

Paul

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Subject: Made it to California Replies: 10
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 877
 

That road looks like Hwy 67 going over the pass into Ramona.


Subject: First Ripe Italian Honey Breba Zone 7 Replies: 7
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,053
 

Congrats!  By pure coincidence, I took a picture of one of my Italian Honey breba [and a few main crop] figs just a few hours ago.


Not yet ready to pick, but I'm a-waiting that moment!




Subject: Snake tale Replies: 19
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Ah, our good friend crotalus atrox, ran into a lot of his cousins over the years! 
Thanks for not doing the 'easy' thing with the shovel.

Subject: brown tips of cuttings Replies: 1
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It seems every cutting I try to grow, when in the cup [mostly perlite with a small amount of compost] and covered with a clear plastic covering either turns brown and the end and drops leaves. If leave the humidity covering off, of course they will dry out. Just trying to figure out what's going on, before these cuttings are done for.

Subject: Video clip of discussion with Montserrat Pons about how he became interested in fig cultivation Replies: 1
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 791
 
Hi Folks, here's a minute-long video clip of a discussion with Montserrat Pons about how he became interested in fig cultivation. It's in Spanish [which is the second language of all four of us in the discussion ]. 

I'd like to translate it for the group but it will have to wait because I have to get going.


Subject: late cuttings coming to life Replies: 2
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 657
 
late cuttings coming to life given to me from
Top:   37.887204,-4.868156
bottom: 43.57188,-6.241221


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Subject: Figs that would do well in a cool coastal California climate? Replies: 5
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My dad grew up on a ranch on what was then the outskirts of  Santa Barbara. My aunt still lives there and has numerous fruit trees, including figs. I'll send her an email. 

Subject: brebas Replies: 10
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,087
 
Italian Honey Brebas





close up

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Subject: Anyone have an idea which variety this is? Replies: 3
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Hi all,

Would anyone have an idea which fig this variety might be?

Picture taken April 20 2010

Location: near Cordoba Spain
location shown on Google Maps







These images were reduced, I can get larger images for better fruit/leaf detail

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Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
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In the two weeks I was gone, a coworker cared for my cuttings. She thinks she might have under-watered them, but I assured her that they look great, and in fact it was much better than if she had overwatered them!


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Subject: Wet Vac Container Replies: 2
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Excellent example of "repurposing" an item that would otherwise go into the landfill. Way to go Martin!

Subject: Trip to Mallorca Replies: 4
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 797
 
Hi Everyone, our trip to visit Montserrat in Mallorca was supposed to depart Barcelona about 10:30 but the %$&^%$ plane didn't depart until 2:45. So, our trip was less than half as long as planned. The time delay made us miss what was certainly a lunch to remember. [however he did have many nice things for us to eat

It was wonderful visit nonetheless. Montserrat is a wonderful gentleman [Bass, he says hello] and very passionate about his work. I will post more pictures when I can.


PS I brought some of my home cured olives. He had his associates said they were very good! :-)

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Subject: Trip to Mallorca Replies: 4
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Hi Folks,

I made it safely to Spain. Our flight went from Washington-Dulles directly to Madrid. As of now, the volcanic cloud is north of the Pyranees, so it didn't affect our flight. Come Saturday I am not sure how it will be. Therefore, I am keep my fingers crossed we can still fly to Mallorca.

Paul

Subject: Tropical fruit paradise. Replies: 12
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 2,874
 

Thanks for the pictures Bass!  I love traveling vicarously with people.


Subject: having your content ''hijacked'' Replies: 8
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 639
 
I suggest putting your figtrees.ca stamp at the end of the video too, with the words, "if you have any questions, please contact me", which prompts the viewers to contact you rather than the people who are posting the video link on their pages.

That way, it even more reinforces that you are the owner of the subject matter, as well as the person having the subject matter knowledge.

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux Replies: 2
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 660
 

Excellent response! :-)


Subject: Congratulation to Nelson Esteves on the birth of his first child Replies: 44
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 2,267
 
Hi Nelson, we send a world of blessings to you and your family.
Paul

Subject: Swap: my baby bottle liners for your cuttings? Replies: 1
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 549
 
Hi folks,

I just got a pretty good quantity of baby bottle liners, which I have heard seem to be good for using with Jon's new rooting method.

I know it might be rather late in the season, but if some people have cuttings available, I'd consider swapping some of my bottle liners for cuttings. I can measure the size of them when I get home. Send me a message and we can discuss it




Subject: This Is First Day Of Spring Replies: 24
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Snowed here yesterday, then it was much nicer in the afternoon.
Jon, this will be the first time in many years that I haven't gone 'home' to San Diego early in the year. My brothers and I all mentioned that we became gardeners *after* moving away from the world's best climate, what *were* we thinking???

Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
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Yesterday I bought new windshield wiper blades for my car [I'd rather get just the blade inserts themselves but no one seems to sell them anymore, grrr].



When I took them out of the packages, I noticed that the packaging is a strong, clear piece of hexagonal plastic. The paper lining comes out without any problem and you can squeeze the plastic until it makes a roundish hexagonal tube that is about 1.5"-1.75" [3,8cm-4,5cm] in diameter.




The nice thing is with the tube being clear, you can see what's going on when you are filling it. Since this is something that just gets thrown in the trash [or plastic recycling bin], it comes as a 'freebie' if you are buying wiper blades. After buying one set of wiper blades, you can cut several sizes of the clear tube.

You can see the brand I got [Goodyear], but I am pretty sure most wiper blades are packaged in a similar material.

Just thought I'd share it.

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Subject: Trip to Mallorca Replies: 4
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Hi folks,

Next month, Irene and I will be in Barcelona, Spain over a weekend. I have Saturday free, so we've arranged to visit Montserrat Pons and his fig orchard on Mallorca for a day trip [it's just a 50 minute flight from BCN].

I'm interested in learning about his processes, etc. Of course anything I learn, photograph or record will be shared with the group.

I'm posting this message now as a solicitation for input. If you have any topics to discuss or questions to ask him, write them out and send them to me, I'll do my best to talk to him about it.

I plan to get one of his books. If I weren't already slogging too much baggage around [all on public transport] I'd offer to get an extra one. However, I'll be glad to share info from it.


Subject: Question about Desert King. Replies: 17
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 2,256
 
Hi John,
I live in Albuquerque NM and have a Desert King in the ground in front of a south-facing concrete block wall.

At my house, we have nearly 100 nights/year where the temperature goes below freezing.

In the picture
left: Italian Honey, right: Desert King.
Top picture was taken in early '08, while the bottom picture was taken after leaf-drop in '09

I probably go overboard for protecting the trees in winter. I had heard that after a few years, they are hardy enough to handle it, and at least could come back from the roots if killed to the ground. [loslunasfarms said that wrapping the trees here does reduce the dessication by our desert winds]




I really doubt that once established, your Desert King would need winter protection, but I defer to the expertise of others here. One of the main reasons I do it is that without the fig wasp here, all I get are brebas. Since I consider them to be delicious, I want to savelast year's wood so it will produce figs for me.


Subject: Greenhouse location / roof pitch Replies: 7
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Hi, it seems that for my clear, dry New Mexico climate, 23 degrees is an acceptable pitch for a greenhouse. Thanks for all the advice!

Subject: greater Detroit metro area Fig growers Replies: 5
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 692
 
Great, I'll let him know and encourage him to become a member here too.

Subject: fig body wash Replies: 10
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 897
 
<t has that smell of sweetness of fig sap>

As long as it doesn't have the fig sap's ITCH also, it's all good! :-)

Subject: greater Detroit metro area Fig growers Replies: 5
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 692
 
Great, thanks. I am waiting to hear back from him. I am sure that waiting until things slow down wouldn't be a problem for him...he's a teacher and is certainly in the same boat.

Subject: greater Detroit metro area Fig growers Replies: 5
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 692
 
Hi Folks,
A friend of mine [20+ years] is now working in Ypsilanti [Eastern Michigan U] and lives nearby. He has seen some of my fig pictures and is getting inspired to try it. In addition to my encouraging him to go to websites like this, is there someone in the greater Detroit metro area whose garden/greenhouse he can check out some time during the growing season?

Subject: And we worry about mediums Replies: 10
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In in the evening of mid-October 2007, Irene and I were walking through Zafra [38.422764,-6.415801], a small town in the Extremadura region of southwestern Spain. On the inside edge of the sidewalk, where it meets the opening of a building, there was a tiny crack in the sidewalk...probably the size of a quarter. Out of that crack grew a fig tree, only a few inches tall:



I took this picture of Irene just a few feet away, so you can get an idea of the size of the sidewalk squares: 



Considering that there was nothing but concrete or asphalt for at least 20 feet in any direction...not even any weeds. And no fig trees in sight, so those roots must have grown a long way, under really bad conditions [under the cement, enduring the blistering heat/dryness of an Extremaduran summer], just to find that crack and come to the surface.

 
man, figs are tough!

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Subject: Greenhouse location / roof pitch Replies: 7
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Hi folks,
In the back of my yard is an ~8 foot tall south-facing concrete block wall [neighbors on the other side have a swimming pool] that gets sun exposure all day long. In our sunny [even in winter] climate, this wall gets a lot of solar gain. I am considering building a lean-to greenhouse in front of it. I figure that I can build something 16 feet wide by 6-8 feet deep.

I am thinking of a pretty permanent structure...wood frame, polycarbonate panels or tempered glass, and possibly a concrete floor

We get snow occasionally here, but not as much as these poker players have to deal with:



:-)
Anyway, I 'm trying to decide how much pitch to give the roof.
Any ideas? Thanks for your help.


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Subject: figs in the Caribbean Replies: 8
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Incredible! Enjoy that tropical weather! :-)

Subject: 1 quart clear plastic cups at Dollar store Replies: 1
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Actually, the 1 quart cups seem to be a little thicker than those 16oz cups, but the 1 quart cups' lids are much thicker and better made than those 16oz cups' lids.

Subject: Sad Day Replies: 10
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,170
 
Sorry to hear of the death of your friend. His name Salvatore is the Italian variant of my father in law's name Salvador, who also loves growing things. Rest in peace Salvatore.

Subject: 1 quart clear plastic cups at Dollar store Replies: 1
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,903
 
Hi folks

During lunch today I stopped in a local Dollar Tree store and saw these 1 quart/946ml clear plastic cups with lids. A package of four costs $1. Standard 9" x 12" [23cm x 30,5cm] Manila envelope in back for scale.

They aren't any thicker than the 16oz/473ml Costco berry smoothie cup to the left. At 25 cents each, they are not very cheap, but not bad if you don't need many, and they do come with lids.





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Subject: What did you Order or will Order Replies: 38
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I ordered 15 varieties, but they were for a friend. Six of those varieties came in groups of 3 cuttings, so in hindsight for those varieties maybe I should have given him two, kept one and of course prorated the cost for him so it was fair. Oh well, next year! :-)

Subject: daydreamer Replies: 6
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 607
 
Since you titled that Daydreamer, I'll title this youtube clip "nightmare"

Birds eating figs



Actually it's only a nightmare if they eat more than 'their share' of the figs ;^)

Subject: Madeira Replies: 11
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,969
 
Wow....yeah I had been reading about it, sigh. My thoughts and prayers go out to Madeira's people and their families and friends everywhere who are concerned about them. Nelson, glad your family is OK.

Subject: Clear cup shortage? Replies: 22
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,304
 
This didn't show up in my costco.com search last time, but it did this time. It seems that Costco also sells the cups in groups of 50 also:

Solo
Plastic Cold Drink Cups
16 oz/50 ct
Item # 117513
 
$5.64
Shipping & Handling included

Subject: Clear cup shortage? Replies: 22
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,304
 

Hi Folks, I found the 16oz clear plastic cups on costco.com, however in true Costco fashion, they are sold in lots of 1000.


Solo
Clear Plastic Cup
16 oz/1000 ct
TP16
Item # 91295    $74.15  [7 cents/cup]

Compatible Lid:
626TS Flat Lid - Costco item #81856   1000ct $39.61

Subject: Clear cup shortage? Replies: 22
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,304
 
This is a one-at-a-time way to get them [actually they are 16oz.]

Costco food court "Berry Smoothies" come in these cups:




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Subject: Storing Cuttings Replies: 22
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 2,610
 
Hi Folks, let me clarify a bit.  I would be storing the cuttings at my house for about 60 days, then taking them with me to give to the friend. [I'd be storing them, not rooting them...the friend is much better at that.] Mailing them to the friend would be very expensive, but carrying them with me would be easy...just making sure they stay cool during the journey.

Subject: Storing Cuttings Replies: 22
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 2,610
 

[I was going to start a new thread but saw this one and decided to be a 'good forum citizen' after all]

I might need to store onto some cuttings for about 70 days in the fridge, that seems to be OK.


However, I'll need to take them traveking with me on plane/train for several days, never in a car, always in a cool dark environment, during a time of year that is not hot. I won't be able to put them in a refrigerator....would the plan below work?


Use a freezer type pouch [the kind made with mylar-covered bubble wrap], cut the dimensions just slightly larger than the cuttings, use velcro or other way to seal the pouch well to prevent cold leakage.

Use small flexible cold packs to keep the cuttings cool [isolated from the cuttings to keep from freezer burning them]....rotating the cool packs...one in refrigerator/freezer where i'm stying [they will probably agree without any problem], while the other is keeping the cuttings cool.

I'd appreciate any advice here. Thanks!!


Subject: Love looking at Pictures Replies: 44
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Italian Honey Fig (and olives when visiting Italy with my honey)





Italian Honey Fig with Leatherman for scale)

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Subject: English Translation of Axier's 'How to Graft an Adult Fig Tree' Replies: 9
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 2,108
 
Axier and Bass, thanks for the updates, I'll integrate them into the material

PD Axier, I'll bet you recognize this location [photo of Irene taken May '99]
http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs300.ash1/22746_1339849101418_1386895965_30948895_4345048_n.jpg

Subject: Montserrat pons Replies: 11
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,557
 
Cool, thanks!  I found where his pharmacy is located [it's advertised as "Pons e Pons"], but the GPS it points to is about half a block off.  This is right in front of his store
39.49101,2.891872


His fields [I just put the GPS point in the center] seem to be some 8km away from it.
39.457767,2.818058
It's about 14kms from the airport and quite close to the Marriott Son Antem resort


I'll be in BCN from a Friday afternoon until the following Monday afternoon, so there is a possibility I could go out on the weekend. I've been doing some flight/car checks and have found that it's doable. I'll send him email to ask about it.....If I do manage to go, you can all rest assured that I will take tons of pictures.

Subject: Montserrat pons Replies: 11
Posted By: paulandirene Views: 1,557
 
Hey Bass,

Has Montserrat mentioned when he's able to have visitors  [days/times]?  I am still trying to see if I could make a day trip there in late April.


 

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