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Subject: What is your favorite pruning saw? Replies: 9
Posted By: lreiley Views: 211
 
On Amazon, the Silky with medium teeth runs about $37

Subject: What is your favorite pruning saw? Replies: 9
Posted By: lreiley Views: 211
 
Someone suggested a Silky, which runs for about $60 on Amazon.  Worth it?  I would not just be getting it for my fig but to prune other trees as well.

Subject: Okacroke Island Fig Cake Replies: 1
Posted By: lreiley Views: 53
 
Best fig cake ever.  Don't forget the pepper, and I added bourbon to the cake and glaze.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/129267451787766864/

The fig festival in Okacroke is this weekend btw.

Subject: How do I prune this mess? Replies: 9
Posted By: lreiley Views: 331
 
I'm in Zone 8-Yorktown, VA. 

Subject: How do I prune this mess? Replies: 9
Posted By: lreiley Views: 331
 
Here's my 23 yo neglected tree. It has shoots all over the place and it's too tall for me to reach the figs. After it fruits this year, how should I prune it? I'd also like to root some of those shoots. Can that be done?

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Subject: My newest Figs Replies: 6
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,102
 

Those pots are gorgeous.  Where did you get them?


Subject: Will my LSU Purple taste better with age? Replies: 14
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,237
 

Wow!  Thanks for the encouragement.  I will plant mine in the ground as soon as possible.  Mine came from Edible Landscaping.  I will say it is a beautiful fig to look at. 


Subject: Will my LSU Purple taste better with age? Replies: 14
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My highly touted LSU purple is about a year and a half to 2 years old.  I had a few figs this year, and they were close to tasteless, not the description I had read!
Will the flavor improve as the tree matures?

Subject: How long it takes for fruit to ripe in your location? Replies: 4
Posted By: lreiley Views: 855
 
That is a pretty fig tree!  How does the Malta fruit taste?




Subject: California figs to try? Replies: 1
Posted By: lreiley Views: 567
 

I am in Santa Cruz California and will be heading to Tacoma/Seattle.  So far all I've seen are Mission Figs, and they ain't all that taste-wise.  I found them kind of bland.    What other varieties should I try to find and where?   West Coast is farmer's market heaven.  Parts are as beautiful as Tuscany with similar wonderful produce.  I could live on theses white plums and peaches that they have out here. 


Subject: Are there years when critters DON't eat your figs? Replies: 5
Posted By: lreiley Views: 742
 
My mystery tree is full of figlets as usual for this time of year.  I am going to attempt to cover what I can of the tree with a net in hopes of getting some figs when I return in August.  Has anyone ever had some years when the animals don't eat your figs?


Subject: Angelique/Madeleine de Saisons fig? Replies: 8
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,461
 

Whoa, Jon and Gorgi--thanks for killing that lemming.  Now can you do the same for my Marseille and Sal's Corleone lust?


Subject: Angelique/Madeleine de Saisons fig? Replies: 8
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,461
 

Anyone have one of these.  Apparently Thomas Jefferson grew them.  Gotta have one now.


Subject: Help me decide Replies: 6
Posted By: lreiley Views: 726
 

AND to add to the confusion, yesterday I went to a nursery and saw Marseilles and Gabluns (?) full of figs.  Gabluns, about which I'd never heard until yesterday, are supposed to be the most prolific fig in my area.  Do I need these too???  Do I need these instead of the VDB and Italian Honey?


Subject: Help me decide Replies: 6
Posted By: lreiley Views: 726
 

Oh trust me, i've got the fever.  The problem is that I won't be home most of the summer and do not trust my family to give my plants the TLC they need, so I must wait until August to procure.


Subject: Nursery Road Trip! Replies: 10
Posted By: lreiley Views: 891
 

What/who is JFE?


Subject: Help me decide Replies: 6
Posted By: lreiley Views: 726
 
what to order and from whom.  I live in zone 8 already have a poorly producing brown turkey and an lsu purple.  I want two more figs that are significantly different in taste from what I have.  Was considering Violette de Bordeaux or Mission or Black Jack and Italian Honey or Peter's Honey.  Is there a difference?
I was going to order from James Robin--mainly because I was excited about talking to him on the phone or from Edible landscaping.  Ideas?


Subject: Nursery Road Trip! Replies: 10
Posted By: lreiley Views: 891
 
Love Edible Landscaping.  Try to make a yearly pilgrimage.  Who is JD?
And I'll use any excuse to get off the property in Orlando.

Subject: Nursery Road Trip! Replies: 10
Posted By: lreiley Views: 891
 

I will be driving from VA to Oxford Mississippi then to Orlando this summer.  Are there any nurseries that are must sees?  Then I will be flying to Santa Cruz and Tacoma--any musts there.  I wish nurseries sold cuttings as I can't haul pots back.


Subject: Violet Bordeaux vs. Petit Negri Replies: 25
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,377
 

Dennis, google Edible Landscaping in Afton, VA, and if you visit God's University in VA, you can go to the nursery.  Wonderful people who will give you a fascinating tour.


Subject: Images of a small fig orchard? Replies: 0
Posted By: lreiley Views: 547
 

I have a half acre triangularish lot.  Perfect Zone 8 weather on the stage left side of my house.  Would love to see pix of ideas for planting 4 or so figs along with my bay tree and olive.  Anyone know of such a gallery?


Subject: Your Favorite Tasting Fig Replies: 82
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Oh how I wish I lived somewhere where people hosted fig tastings.  With wine pairings, of course.  If anyone knows of such a thing in driving distance of Yorktown, VA let me know!


Subject: Santa Cruz Dark Breba Replies: 5
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Is Santa Cruz a hot spot for figs?  I'm going there this summer for a month.  Also going to Tacoma--are there any unique cuttings that I should look for while there?  I live in Virginia zone 8.


Subject: Violet Bordeaux vs. Petit Negri Replies: 25
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,377
 

The watering thing made my decision.  I am a very lazy gardener.


Subject: Violet Bordeaux vs. Petit Negri Replies: 25
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,377
 

Do I need both, or are they about the same?


Subject: Source for Italian/Mediterranean/North African cuttings? Replies: 1
Posted By: lreiley Views: 586
 

Does anyone know of a source for some more exotic cuttings?  Are you even allowed to mail cuttings from overseas?


Subject: Neighbor has figs--I don't Replies: 4
Posted By: lreiley Views: 795
 

These big green figs are on new wood--they are growing off the base of new green growth.  I will ask for cuttings.  It is such a pretty ornamental tree right out front, but I swear, the leaves look just like mine.  I checked my tree in the light, and I have just a few figlets, and I think even fewer than when I checked a couple of weeks ago. 


Subject: Neighbor has figs--I don't Replies: 4
Posted By: lreiley Views: 795
 
The figless one is back.
Husband and I took a walk and came upon a neighbor's fig tree planted in the front yard.  It was full of BIG green figs.  Now a week or so ago, my tree in the back had some figs, so I went to see what I had.  I couldn't see any.  Mind you, it was dusk, so maybe the morn will reveal more.  DH suggested that maybe the bbackyard squirrels get my figs. Any ideas?
I live in Yorktown, VA.

Subject: Bringing my fig indoors? Replies: 4
Posted By: lreiley Views: 780
 

Any thoughts?


Subject: Bringing my fig indoors? Replies: 4
Posted By: lreiley Views: 780
 

I have an LSU purple in a pot that is about a yard high.  I could go ahead and plant it in the ground but since I've never had a fig in a pot, I thought I'd try it for awhile.  I was wondering if I could bring it in the house and use it as a decorative fig tree during the colder months?  Do any Zone 8ers know when I should bring it inside?  It's in the 50s here lately.


Subject: Violett de Bordeaux vs. Petite Negri or Negronne? Replies: 9
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,650
 

Which one tastes the best?


Subject: Farmer's trick Replies: 2
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I was at my local produce stand whining about the critters getting all my produce, and the young man there told me to cut up bars of Irish Spring soap and put them in the ground near my plants or to stick a hole in them and hang them from branches.  Said critters like squirrels, rabbits, etc. don't like the smell of IS.  No help for birds, but critters don't like the "manly smell."


Subject: my fig colection Replies: 22
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,313
 
Remis,
How did you root your cuttings?

Subject: I want to cry (long rant follows) Replies: 3
Posted By: lreiley Views: 627
 

The big 15 year old heretofore neglected tree lost everything.  It had tons of figs earlier before the month of 100 degree days...


Subject: my fig colection Replies: 22
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,313
 

Let me see if I read this right?  You've been growing figs for a year and you have that many???  Where do you get your figs from, and why don't the birds/critters eat them like they do mine?  Which type gave you the most figs?  Very, very cool!


Subject: I want to cry (long rant follows) Replies: 3
Posted By: lreiley Views: 627
 
Home from vacay.  My neighbor watered, and she's a better gardener than I, so no way I can blame this on her.  I have NO figs on my tree or tomatoes.  When I left, I at least had what was left on my brown turkeyeste after the fig drop I experienced because of draught/extreme heat.  I had figlets on my one gallon LSU purlple.  Now I have nothing.  Those of you on the board know of my bird/critter woes, but now I just don't know what to do.  I plan to prune my old turkeyeste back, so I can net it more easily next year, and I will net my LSU, but beyond that I am at a loss.  Any tips? 
I so jealous of all those old neighborhood people who have neglected fig trees that produce more figs than they can give away.  I'm going to go on Craig's list and see if anyone has any figs to sell then I'm going to their house to buy and interrogate them.

Subject: Sal Corleone 1st Ripe pic Replies: 7
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,727
 

Sal--where did you get your Sal's?


Subject: Figs On the BBQ PICS Replies: 18
Posted By: lreiley Views: 2,569
 

Do we have a single ongoing recipe thread?  I see them here and there.  We need one.  Jon, how?


Subject: Fig trees and olive trees Replies: 13
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I'll be getting an Arbequina olive tree from Edible Landscaping.  This is the only kind they carry, and they specialize in plants that do well in my zone (8).  Is this the kind that smells good?  I'm really making way with my mediterranean garden.  Two types of figs, two meyer lemon trees, a bay tree on the way, and now maybe an olive.  The &%$# birds, rabbits, and squirrels are very well fed.


Subject: Fig trees and olive trees Replies: 13
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,953
 

I'm out here in San Francisco where the food is blowing me away.  With a nod to all the wonderful sons and daughters of Italy here, I have to say I've had better food out here than in Italy last summer.  But here's my point...seeing lots of olive trees out here (and am loving Cali olive oil).  Is anyone else growing olives with their figs.  Pardon my ignorance, but do you eat the olives off the tree?  What do you do with the olives besides marvel at your beautiful Mediterranean orchard?


Subject: Is this a Celeste or Brown Turkey? Replies: 5
Posted By: lreiley Views: 865
 

Wow, really Jon?  I bought it at a nursery that doesn't sell anything exotic.  What else might it be.  Will it help with the id to post pix when the figs ripen if I get any before the birds?


Subject: Is this a Celeste or Brown Turkey? Replies: 5
Posted By: lreiley Views: 865
 
(Hope these pix post--haven't posted pix here before)

Ok, experts--what kind of tree do I have here?  Also, based on the size of this fig, will figs ripen within the next 12 days?  I'm leaving for vacation and can't decide whether to net it before I go or wait until I get home.  I can't remember when they ripened in years past as I've only become a fig fanatic this year.

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Subject: Best figs at your location Replies: 308
Posted By: lreiley Views: 76,645
 
Yorktown, VA
Zone 8

Celeste
Brown Turkey
LSU Purple
Conandria

Hoping to find a few more.

Subject: Watering in drought? Replies: 4
Posted By: lreiley Views: 597
 

Yep, tree is in the ground.  I'll use a soaker hose.  This must really be a miserable summer as I have never had fruit drop as a result of drought. 


Subject: Julian Merrow-Smith's paintings of figs Replies: 10
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,630
 

Thank you for sharing!  I think I found prints for my breakfast nook!


Subject: Watering in drought? Replies: 4
Posted By: lreiley Views: 597
 

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have never had to water my mature fig tree.  Well after experious fruit drop, I now need to.  Question is how long should I water it?  I'll just run the hose to it and let it run for how long?


Subject: Scaring off critters--as seen on TV? Replies: 4
Posted By: lreiley Views: 559
 

I'm desperate.  Does anyone have that thing they advertise on tv that supposedly scares animals away?


Subject: First birds, now heat?? Replies: 9
Posted By: lreiley Views: 826
 
John,
If you are so inclined, would you post pix of your fence?  And do members of REM still spend much time in Athens?  In my salad days, I used to visit Athens hoping to get a glimpse.  Just saw the B52's a couple of days ago here in town.  Funny to see all those 50 somethings (audience) dancing to Rock Lobster.

Subject: First birds, now heat?? Replies: 9
Posted By: lreiley Views: 826
 

And I go out today and find the two ripe tomatoes that I've finally gotten from my 6 tomato plants were gone.  Corresponded with another poster earlier about my meyer lemonlets being taken as well.  Those suckers don't just grow back overnight.   I'm really getting discouraged.  Fending off critters is about to be too much work for this lazy gardener.  Posters have suggested that it might be chirren stealing my stuff, but you know those pests stay indoors nowadays.  It's either birds, squirrels or the yappy dog next door. 


Subject: The Birds Replies: 19
Posted By: lreiley Views: 898
 
Gene,
You need to write one of those Year in Provence type books!
Vivan, will you post a pic or your PVC contraption?
Jon, how do you keep the birds away?
Maybe Atticus Finch was wrong.

 

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