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Subject: Wanting Blackberries Replies: 40
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,046
 
It's been several years since I started this thread.  The report on my blackberries is that they are alive but don't thrive.  Not sure if it's our soil or them being in large pots.  They look like beginner, first year plants and the berries (if produced) are about the size of a dime.

I'm in the Texas hill country that is mostly limestone with only a few inches of topsoil.  Any recommendations for a good variety that does not require me to amend the soil each year with an acidifier?

Subject: Figs in ground, Central Texas Replies: 9
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 629
 
Hi Mike,

I'm smack on top of the largest hill for miles, we actually have one of those wind miles to generate electricity on our property.  So that will tell you how much wind we get up here. The wind is actually the worse element for my figs.  It's very hard on the leaves.  

I have about 30 plants in the ground and have lost none to our winters, they come back every year.  But, with the drought, my trees are not very big.  I don't have any issues with the sun and it may be because of the higher elevation and the wind keeping us a tad cooler than you folks in the lower plains.   I'm sitting on top of a limestone bed and use a jackhammer to dig the holes to plant my trees in.  Most people are amazed that our plants actually thrive up there.  We have layers of limestone that are about a foot thick and I think the roots grow in between those layers.  The thick rocks protect the roots from the hot summer, provides a weed barrier so nothing competes for the rainwater on top of the ground, plus the water runs through those layers.  Any way, that is what I think is going on.  But the figs are actually doing quite well with no protection.

Subject: Tashkent Fig Replies: 43
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 4,305
 
My Tashkent was about 4' tall at the end of last year.  It died completely back to the ground due to our winter but came out this spring.  I provided absolutely NO protection for it this past winter.  I believe there are several trunks but probably none more than a quarter size in diameter.  No figs yet.

Subject: Long fiber sphagnum moss. Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,291
 
I bought my bale off of Amazon.  It is about a 1' wide (all sides), 2' tall and comes highly compressed.
I just flake off a layer and soak in a 5 gal bucket overnight.
Then drain and fluff.  
A layer about 3" thick across will yield soft fluffy moss and fill the 5 gal bucket about 60% full.

Hi Dennis,
Nice to have some time to be back and play.






Subject: Long fiber sphagnum moss. Replies: 27
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,291
 
Here is a thread that I started in 2010 on the same stuff.
It's even cheaper now.  I highly recommend it.

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/long-fiber-sphagnum-moss-6-cubic-feet-56-off-only-39-now-5606236

Super soft, very fluffy and no trash.

Subject: Beetles on figs Replies: 34
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,685
 

We have lived here in the Texas Hill Country for 13 years now and this past August was the first time that I have ever seen them.  
Fredericksburg Texas is known for the peach orchard and now the grape vineyards, I hope we don't see them every year now.

Frank - Since the year that the beetles enjoyed your peaches, have they showed up every year afterwards or not again since?


Subject: Beetles on figs Replies: 34
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,685
 
They would make beautiful jewelry too and can definitely see how the fish would be attracted to them.  But they sure give you the heebee jeebees when they are swarming around a tree.  I hope they don't find my stash of trees, otherwise hope the chickens and guineas are up to the task.

Subject: Beetles on figs Replies: 34
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,685
 
Harvey - did your friend experience them again the following years?  Or where they just passing through?


Subject: Beetles on figs Replies: 34
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,685
 
These 2 fig trees are in Fredericksburg, Texas which is known for the peach orchards and vineyards.  Hope they stay up there and away from my fig trees.

I know Meghan mentioned she has seen, any other Texans seen them?

How is it after all these years in figs, I have never seen or heard of them?

They are pretty and pretty creeping when they come dive bombing past your head when you are picking a fig.
They won, I gave up after 20 or so figs.



Subject: Beetles on figs Replies: 34
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,685
 
I'm pretty sure they are some sort of scarab beetle.  I brought about 10 home in a mason jar for my husband to id.  He was dead set on NOT letting any of them loose in the jar.  I sat the jar in the sun, which drove the chickens crazy watching them.  After about 30 minutes and no sign of life, the chickens finally enjoyed their meals.

Subject: Beetles on figs Replies: 34
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,685
 
Yesterday, I stopped to pick figs from 2 trees on my way home from Austin.

When I grabbed the first fig, these huge bees (so I though) came flying out and I ran like school girl.

But, they turned out to be beetles instead.  Litterly 100's of thousands of these thing all over the figs, even the ones on the ground.

Every see anything like this?

 

Sorry for the poor pictures, I took them with my cell phone.


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Subject: Wanting Blackberries Replies: 40
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,046
 
I got 4 blackberries last year (1 Triple Crown and the 3 Arapaho) which are planted in the 45 gal pots.  The Arapaho's grew like weeds and have a good 7 foot growth on each support wire going in both directions.  The Triple Crown got a very late start but rebounded well after the late start.

No berries this past year but I did not expect any their first year but hopeful next year will be a different store.

Thanks Calvin for the offer of Triple Crowns, PM sent.

Cathy

Subject: Wanting Blackberries Replies: 40
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,046
 
Thanks for posting and welcome to the forum.

Subject: A tote full of fig trees. Replies: 11
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 988
 
In my last auction (I am red-foot on ebay) they cancelled my listings because I mentioned that I would accept cash or money orders, that was over 2 years ago.
I sure which another auction site would pop up.  Ebay and paypal have gotten so ridiculous in their rules and fees.

Subject: Cuttings List posted 10:00 PST today Replies: 62
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,973
 
Catalog
http://www.ars.usda.gov/Main/docs.htm?docid=12871

How to: (look near the bottom)
http://www.ars.usda.gov/Services/Services.htm?modecode=53-06-20-00

You'll have to check around for the "correct" person to send the order to via email. 

Subject: Annual Wish-List of 6 Cuttings for 2012-13. Replies: 79
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 5,453
 
Rafed -
Mark off De La Reina - its yours

Subject: Annual Wish-List of 6 Cuttings for 2012-13. Replies: 79
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 5,453
 
Maltese Falcon
Genovesse Nero
Grise Olivette
Vasilika Sika
Mrs Williams

Subject: Shhhh! Don't tell my wife. Replies: 101
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,372
 
Coming from a women - here is what you do.

Tell her that the encyclopedia salesmen rang the door bell.  You refused to let him in the house so ya'll talked in the doorway for almost an hour.  He admired the topiary azaleas so much that he offered to pay you $100 each.  So you sold them and left the $200 on the kitchen table for her. 

Subject: Ken Stockton Fine Art (TucsonKen) Replies: 14
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,221
 
I just found out that after 2 years of communication with Ken Stockton that he has a website and is a painter.

His paintings are awesome and wanted to share with everyone else. 

http://kenstockton.com/works

Ken,
When are you going to start a Fig Collection (one on canvas and not in pots)?
Keep up the great work. 

Subject: HAPPY FATHERS DAY Replies: 7
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 973
 
HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL THE GUYS ON THIS FORUM.


Subject: DFIC0023 Hybrid Replies: 40
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,053
 
I read the post from Bass last year and added DFIC0023 to my UC Davis order last year and got 3 cuttings. 

Here is the link that shows they are available for distribution.
http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/acc/display.pl?1000850


Below are pictures of the cuttings that are just getting started but seem to do very well here in Texas.  It's pretty enough I don't care if it produces fruit or now but will keep everyone posted, as this one will be staying on our property providing shade for the tortoises (in a couple of years).






Subject: Kudzu Beetles Replies: 11
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,486
 
Time to get one of these.
They are on constant bug patrol.


Subject: Farm labor restrictions Replies: 17
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,183
 
I grew up in Kansas driving combines and hay trucks by 10 on a 300 acre farm.  AND loved every minute of it.   Going to grandma's house during the summer will not be the same.

Subject: Your First Fig Tree Replies: 71
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 4,770
 
A Texas Blue Giant from Raintree Nursery

Subject: Walnut shells as a potting mix amendment Replies: 18
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,492
 
There is a product in the bird world called "Bird Walnut Bedding" and is used by people who don't want to put newspaper on the bottom of their cage or can't put newspaper because their bird tears it up.

Its very easy to clean and sifts with a fine mesh screen like cat litter.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753590



Subject: what's the latest fad in figs? Replies: 9
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,115
 
Hi Cody,
Is that a Military?


Subject: Lets Wish "Ottawan" Good Health Replies: 55
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 2,373
 
Hi Akram,

Glad to hear you are having a speedy recovery and hope the next couple of months bring 100% recovery and peace of mind to you.
Keep up the good work.


Subject: think UC Davis cuttings will come earller this year? Replies: 89
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 5,885
 
Hi Pete,
I have done well with Calvert here in Texas. 

Subject: think UC Davis cuttings will come earller this year? Replies: 89
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 5,885
 
Hi Christy,

I received all 3 of my orders in 1 day.   
Last February I placed my fig order, then July came and I ordered Grapes, then November came and I ordered pomegranates.   

Last year people got their packages spread out over a several week period.  I doubt that updating your cc# with FedEx would have anything to do with your package not shipping.    I did receive notification from Fedex about my package, but it was something that I had set up in my profile with Fedex.  

Hope this helps.

Subject: think UC Davis cuttings will come earller this year? Replies: 89
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 5,885
 
My package shows it will be delivered tomorrow (via fed ex)

Subject: think UC Davis cuttings will come earller this year? Replies: 89
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 5,885
 
What is the latest UC Davis has shipped in the past?



Subject: think UC Davis cuttings will come earller this year? Replies: 89
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 5,885
 
Bugs.
The only way you can insure you won't get FMV is to stop getting figs and hope what you have does not already have it.

We swap and trade every month here. Most everyone has received cuttings from UC Davis or got cuttings from a member who got their cuttings originally from UC Davis.

FMV is a way of life now with figs. Our trees will either make or not but there is nothing that we can do about it. Except not get more figs.

If you can learn to accept FMV you'll be rewarded with a lot of wonderful figs and new relationships with other forum members.
Welcome.

Subject: Ag Inspection Replies: 16
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,831
 
Ruben,
With a UPS ground label on it had to be from the lower 48.


Subject: Italian Fig Cookies Replies: 11
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,551
 
Hi Jon,
No, I know it by heart now.

Subject: Italian Fig Cookies Replies: 11
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,551
 
Found this recipe on allrecipes.com



Ingredients
2 cups shortening
3 cups white sugar
6 eggs
8 cups all-purpose flour
7 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
2 cups whole milk
4 pounds dried figs
1 pound raisins
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup white sugar
1 whole orange, with peel
1 small apple
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup water (optional)

Directions
To Make Dough: Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt. Blend in flour and baking powder by hand. Knead dough until smooth and workable. Add milk to reach workable consistency. (This takes a while and you will get a workout, but you'll know when it's right.)
To Make Filling: Cut up figs, orange, and apple into small pieces. (It is easier to grind this way). Grind figs, raisins, orange, and apple. If the mixture is too dry or thick, mix in up to 1 cup of water, if desired. (I do not use the water, the juice from the apple and orange are enough). The spices and chopped nuts are added to the ground fig mixture. After the fig mixture is ground, I sprinkle them in over the mixture and mix (knead) it in by hand. STICKY! But good.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Roll out some dough. (should be kind of thin). Put fig mixture in a line. Wrap dough over mixture, sealing figs inside dough. Trim to desired length, using a diagonal cut. Make small diagonal slits in the sides of the cookies. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes. (Dough makes good cookies without the filling also). Wonderful with coffee.


Subject: Help id this Replies: 49
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,798
 
Aldo's or Barbillone or Enrico or Noire de Caromb or Wuhan or Jean-Talon?

Subject: Fig 4 Fun fig cuttings Replies: 95
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 9,026
 
seller id:  pitangadiego

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fig-Cuttings-Atreano-AD-B5-/260955257679?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cc2253b4f



Subject: Long Fiber Sphagnum Moss - 6 Cubic Feet 56% off only $39 now Replies: 23
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 3,016
 
Hi Ed,
I broke a few layers off, laid them in a 5 gal bucket to absorb water for a day and then was able to "fluff" them with no problem.  Not fast but worked.

Subject: Fig 4 Fun fig cuttings Replies: 95
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 9,026
 
Rex,
My emails to Jon seem to end up in his spam folder as well.   I don't know what it is about my email address that triggers the spam alert but it does.
So as a backup I will email him through the forum by clicking on his user id, then a box will pop up and I can select "send email".  I usually wait a week or more before I resort to this though.  

Subject: Fig 4 Fun fig cuttings Replies: 95
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 9,026
 
Jon probably has not got to your order yet to send you an invoice.

Subject: Another wrinkle in the bird battle Replies: 9
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 681
 
Ruben,
I like that idea.  Thanks for sharing.


Subject: Help. What to do. Big dog loves figs. Replies: 20
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,949
 
Luckily my little pooch has not developed eating fresh figs yet.  
Her only down fall right now (and she is about 1 year old) is that she loves to fetch sticks, so those dormant little fig trees in pots are real tempting for her.
So far I have only lost 2 figs to her, that I know of.


Subject: New USDA cold hardiness zones Replies: 42
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,683
 
Guess a lot of us will need to update our signatures now.
I went from 7b to 8a.

Looking forward to this again.
I hate cold weather.





Subject: Counting The Days Replies: 11
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 913
 
Hi Martin,
By your title, I thought you where talking about this years list of Jon's cuttings being published.


Subject: Spring Catalog Replies: 12
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,008
 
Hi Bill,
Better pick your words carefully.  Some might think you are talking about your master bedroom and bathroom  ;)

Subject: Spring Catalog Replies: 12
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,008
 
Rafed,
No traveling greenhouse yet?

Subject: Spring Catalog Replies: 12
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,008
 
Martin,
He is talking about the next bathroom visit

Subject: Whey on Figs? Replies: 2
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 588
 
Hi James,
I made something that I fell in love with while visiting my daughter in Iowa, which was squeaky cheese (a white cheddar).  I had told my husband about how good it was and how funny it was to eat and hear the squeaks.  My main quest for making cheese is to make my own mozzarella though.

Interesting link you provided.  I wonder if his 2 fig trees are the same variety?  Can anyone tell?  He does not mention which type of fig and it's hard to see the leaves in the second photo.  

I did see further down a response where someone was giving whey to their blackberries.  

Guess I will give it a try this year on 2 identical figs and report back later.

Subject: Whey on Figs? Replies: 2
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 588
 
I just finished making a pot of cheese and have a gallon and a half of whey left over.  I have read about it being good for tomatoes which I don't have right now but I do have figs and blackberries. 
Has anyone fed whey to their figs or blackberries?


Subject: Introducing Darkman in Pensacola Fl Replies: 17
Posted By: texascockatoos Views: 1,514
 
Hi Charles,
Wow - what a wonderful place you have started there.
Will you be renting out for weekends?


 

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