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Subject: Grow: Mushrooms Replies: 5
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 462
 
Paul Stammets is a world renowned mycologist and has done a couple great Ted Talks and written many books on mushrooms .
His website Fungi.com sells all sorts of mushroom kits and extracts .

John

Subject: Bad experienece with member "fespo" Replies: 22
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,125
 
Saw a post on garden web forum where fespo said he's had enough of f4f and has deleted his account .

Subject: How Does A Fig Become Hot ??? Replies: 50
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,132
 
Sas , well said .

John

Subject: How Does A Fig Become Hot ??? Replies: 50
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,132
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by coop951
Great stuff guys.
It will be interesting to see which  varieties  of Jon's become "hot"


Oh crap , never thought of that .. :)

Subject: How Does A Fig Become Hot ??? Replies: 50
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,132
 
Hey Calvin ,

It really irks me to see someone join the forum and on their first post ask members to give them cuttings for free or with some of the  really  generous ones setting the terms that they are willing to pay postage so we should be grateful.
I agree that if you want cuttings you should be at least willing to pay for them or have something to trade . Now if a member decides to offer them for free or postage thats just a bonus .
I just find that the prices Jon offers cuttings for to be a reasonable going rate , but this ebay craziness is just that , craziness .
And yes there are a lot more members here just looking to make a buck , so its hard to know if they are honest or just hyping a variety for themselves or for a friend who will be listing it on ebay next week .
So its one thing to have differing opinions on flavour and another altogether to have someone liking a variety because they have cuttings they can sell if they talk it up a bit . 
As far as Herman ( Vasile ) recommending a variety , well now that is through many years of trial and error and lots of contribution to this forum so If anyone wants to overpay for figs at least he's just about earned it .

John

Subject: How Does A Fig Become Hot ??? Replies: 50
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,132
 
IGNORANCE !!!!!

Anyone with more than a couple years under their belt growing figs would never pay those prices .
It use to be that this forum would connect growers who would share their varieties .
Now it seems the trend is to hype a fig then limit its availability so you can talk it up and make a killing .
I can still get any of those supposedly rare varieties from the people I have shared with or someone they know for shipping costs but 
I have 40 or so great varieties anyway , and thats too many anyhow .
Unfortunately for the noobs the spirit of this forum has taken a different direction .

John

Subject: THE HOTTEST FIG ON EBAY FOR A FEW WEEKS Replies: 28
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,439
 
Greenfig I believe is trying to say relax , they are just figs .
I tend to agree . It seems like the noobs are getting caught up in the hype and getting taken for a ride .
They will look back one day and realize it , but for now they somehow believe paying hundreds of dollars for twigs is reasonable .
And Galicia Negra , why because of its pretty colours ? Please .

John

Subject: Ebay figs and second chances Replies: 28
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,179
 
Actually it is a very cheap hobby if you don't get caught up in bidding wars for twigs , that many of us have tons of after pruning .

John

Subject: Ebay figs and second chances Replies: 28
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,179
 
Chuck has the right idea .

Become an active participant on the forum and get to know other people especially fig growers in your town or  city .
There are many ways you can be a positive addition to the forum and that generosity will come right back at you .
You will not see anyone on the forum who has been growing figs for years think that $20 for a cutting is a decent price because they know that this years hot variety is next years old news , and they could get it from a friend for nothing in a year or two .
I have cut back my collection to about 40 varieties , and had over 100 trees up until recently . Most of those trees were gifts from people I got to know locally . What I do is pay it forward and ask those people to do the same if they can . This is the spirit which made this forum great , however recently I notice way too many posts with people plugging their latest e-bay listing and its getting old .

John




Subject: Winterizing my inground fig trees Replies: 12
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 641
 
Great info and photos , this is very helpful .

John

Subject: Winterizing my above ground fig trees Replies: 19
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,181
 
Great job Ralph .
Thanks for sharing .
I may be wrong but I think Adriano insulates the sides as well .

John

Subject: Foam Board Insulation Replies: 5
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 360
 
I store my figs in a structure with basically 2.5 inch foam insulation from November till april with no sunlight and heat with light bulbs to maintain apx 36 degrees f .  
Ive posted about it here

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/figloo-update-5040799?pid=1280174529#post1280174529




Subject: Pruning Desert King for breba crop , video Replies: 4
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 378
 
Hey Sammy ,

I was reviewing pruning techniques as I will be pruning before putting trees away and came across this video , glad you enjoyed it .

John

Subject: pruning for main crop with pics Replies: 3
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 348
 
http://stevec.smugmug.com/Other/Kadota-Fig-Tree/18683631_LsJ2xq/1444845083_bCxgWmR#!i=1698913823&k=4MCfwd3


Subject: Pruning Desert King for breba crop , video Replies: 4
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 378
 
Helpful Video



Subject: squirrel and raccoon solution Replies: 20
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 752
 
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Subject: squirrel and raccoon solution Replies: 20
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 752
 
Hi Steve ,

I live on a city lot of 50 x 135 .
My yard is 50 x 60 or so with trees around the perimeter .

John

Subject: squirrel and raccoon solution Replies: 20
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 752
 
Marcus are you referring to the squirrels or family and neighbours ?

John

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,919
 
Hey James ,

Your Pastellier is on its way thanks to Ralph ( Luzzu ) .
I Have reduced from 110 to 47 trees now , with a few multiples of Desert King and Niagara Black  and Italiano.
Unfortunately I didn't have the nerve to get to the 20 or 30 number I was hoping for but next year I will .
I  was able to pot up and root prune most of my trees today , which is amazing and puts me ahead of schedule .
I met a bunch of great people in the process and helped out a couple old friends .
Hopefully everyone enjoys their new trees , lots of cuttings should be available when pruning starts in the next couple weeks .
I will post a list of the varieties I decided to keep soon.

John


Subject: squirrel and raccoon solution Replies: 20
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 752
 
Hey Marcus ,
I haven't had issues with squirrels at all since installing the sprayers , they also keep my father-in-law and nosey neighbours away too :)

John

Subject: squirrel and raccoon solution Replies: 20
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 752
 
71GTO ( seen your posts many times but no name at end ) yes it definitely picks up squirrels .
I havent a solution for birds though , this was the first year they were a pain for me .
Often though if a bird is on the ground it will pick them up too.

John

Subject: squirrel and raccoon solution Replies: 20
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 752
 
One year I almost gave up on figs because a family of raccoons discovered my fig trees .
They would climb the trees and break branches because of their weight and completely destroy them .
Other trees they would knock down and take the fruit .
It was a battle I was losing in a big way , I put all the effort into growing the trees and they would 
eat them a couple days before they were near ready , and on top of it destroy the trees .
The day I started using the water sprinklers no more raccoons or squirrels .
I find that if you put out the sprinklers before any fruit is near ripening you cause the animals to 
choose another route and they avoid the area completely and don't realise that the food even exists .
They just know this is an area to avoid .
I use 3 of these units pointing south , west , and east in the centre of my yard to where i have the figs
around the edges .
This way I can eat properly ripe figs without worrying a critter is going to steal it on me and end up 
picking it too early .

Ants and wasps on the other hand are another problem I posted about using sachets a few years ago for
that issue here :

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/bees-and-wasps-fix-5500275?pid=1274845624#post1274845624

You can use tanglefoot on the tree trunk smeared on a piece of inside out tape too .

John






Subject: squirrel and raccoon solution Replies: 20
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 752
 
I keep hearing about members losing their figs to critters , so I am posting what has been working for me for the last couple years .
 



Subject: Which was your best fig this year? Replies: 44
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,833
 
 1) Niagara Black just keeps ripening very flavorful jammy figs
 2) Unknown Dalmatia from Nelson . Wow  
 http://nelsonsfigs.blogspot.ca/2014_09_01_archive.html
 3) Italiano ( may be colasanti dark )
 4) LSU Scott's Black was the biggest surprise , beautifully shaped figs no splitting , very good flavour profile



Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,919
 
Hey Ralph ,

Watch out for James ( Chivas ) he can be trouble .
Once I made the mistake of giving him a few cuttings , in return I received 4 huge super healthy plants of excellent very rare varieties .
He refused to even be reimbursed for shipping costs .
Rest assured that this guy deals in only the best of the best , and is not a collector but a real fig aficionado .
He is also an expert on fertilization . He made a Niagara black go from cuttings to fruiting the same season which takes me atleast 2 years .

John

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
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I managed to give away around 30 fig trees yesterday ( and another 15 in the previous few days) and got to know a couple of local fig nuts a little better .
Both Joe ( Pino ) and Luzzo ( Ralph ) and his lovely wife got to try a Niagara Black fig off the mother tree . 
They both tried an Italiano fig too , which is another great variety for our climate . The previous night we 
had frost but the figs were still fine . This has been the worst year for figs here so if the figs were good this year then 
they are keepers for sure .
I also shared my first unk Dalmatian fig with Joe . Wow another great variety . It was actually a green fig with the deepest 
red colour I've seen in a fig and great flavour . I got this variety from Nelson20vt and he has posted about it previously . No cracking
or splitting , a great fig for here so far . It may be related to Dalmatie or the same .
I encourage Joe and Ralph to give their honest opinions on these varieties so that others can consider them for cold climates .

A link to Nelson's fig blog and the Dalmatia fig here ;
http://nelsonsfigs.blogspot.ca/2014_09_01_archive.html


John

Subject: desert king Replies: 2
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 432
 
I have some cuttings that were rooted earlier in the summer , but only 8 to 10 inches tall with a few leaves .
You would need to baby them though , I find this variety takes a while to develop a good root base .

John

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
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Hi Calvin ,

Scotts black really impressed me for a first year fig . it is 5 degrees c at nights , with plenty of rain lately and this tree is ripening figs perfectly 
with no cracks . It is productive and branches well too .

john

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,919
 
Hey Akram ,

Unfortunately honeybees can't quite figure out how to pollinate figs . Maybe I should start a fig wasp apiary ... hmmm ???
The main thing is that I just have too many trees , and they take up too much of my time . They also do not get enough attention , sun , fertilizer , pruning , up potting etc . So they suffer and do not produce to their potential . 
I will not be transitioning out of figs completely , I just need to bring things into balance .
Its easy to get caught up with all the different varieties on offer , and once you get to know people like Nelson , Rafed and Chivas ( james ) and give them 1 variety they give you 4 great ones back so you find yourself gaining rather decreasing everytime you go to give something away .It doesn't take long till it gets out of control .
I hope to reduce down to 10 awesome varieties for our climate in the next year or 2 .

John

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
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I only have some small rooted cuttings that I rooted earlier in the summer , but I find this variety is a slow grower for me .
It takes about 2 or 3 years then it takes off , so they will take some time .
I had Gillette but the quality of fruit was not anywhere near DK .
So no another productive breba type I know of thats worth while .

john

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,919
 
Hey Frank ,

Nice to hear from you .
Let me know by tomorrow if possible because by Saturday I will be giving them away .
Did NB make any figs for you this year ?
For me this year NB , Capelas , Norella , Italiano , MVSB , Florea , RDB ,and one of my new favs LSU Scotts Black are definitely nasty climate figs .
Oh and the absolute number one variety for us in the great white north is DESERT KING !!!!!!!
It ripens end of july beginning of August with great tasting figs .

John

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
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Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,919
 
Thanks Frank .
Just signed up , seems like a handy site .

John

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,919
 
A list of the varieties I have , I will be keeping around 30 , not 100% sure which ones .


https://www.dropbox.com/s/t3ngzqsujqc53th/2014%20figs%20.tif?dl=0

Subject: My winter plan. Replies: 16
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 836
 
Thats why i would not insulate the bottom , it will keep things cooler on those warm days .

John

Subject: My winter plan. Replies: 16
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 836
 
Hey Charlie

I agree with Jdsfrance that mold would likely be an issue if the box is not vented .
there should either be vent holes it top and bottom or leave openings at the seams .
I also would not put foam on the bottom of the box , this will allow the garage floor to help regulate the temp in the box .
I did something similar but outdoors and on a larger scale and posted pics and results here ;

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/figloo-update-5040799?highlight=figloo&pid=1280174529#post1280174529

John

Subject: Niagara Black ripening Replies: 43
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,066
 
Hey Tyler ,

It does look a lot better than the previous fig you picked .
I guess we should consider ourselves lucky for getting any figs this year 
after the coolest summer in recent memory .
Most of the varieties I'm picking are a lot less flavourful than other years ,
but I haven't picked a NB yet , but they are almost there .
I am certain you will eventually  get some figs that will knock your socks off 
but it will take another season or two .
thanks for sharing your thoughts on this variety .

John

Subject: Niagara Black ripening Replies: 43
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,066
 
Hey Tyler ,

It looks like you are getting a lot of moisture there or may be watering a lot .
I am a couple a couple hours drive from you and its been sunny and warm for the past week 
and no splitting . I don't see any wrinkling on the skin either , but if it starts opening up like that 
then you can't wait too long .
Its nice to see the honey drip though .

John

Subject: Unk. Dalmatia Replies: 11
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 567
 
Hey Nelson ,

Is that fruit from this year ?
Is it the one labelled black dalmation that you gave me ?

John

Subject: Ciccio Nero ripening nicely Replies: 36
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,628
 
Hey Joe ,

I am looking forward to this one for next year . The plant you gave me is doing very well with lots of shoots and branches . 
I will prune it back for shaping this fall . Its nice to see that it ripens in this terrible weather . If you can post any photos of dripping ripe figs that would be great .

John

Subject: Niagara Black ripening Replies: 43
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,066
 
This is how it starts and drips for days
 

This is what it looks like when finally ripe


This is what it looks like inside


The only thing that seems to differentiate Longue d'out and Niagara black seems to be that NB drips honey for days .
I have been told that LD does not . Anyone growing LD see dripping ?
NB may be a strain of LD that has this feature , like regular Adriatic vs JH Adriatic . Don't know just an thought .
Either way , its still my favourite .

John



Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
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I will need till around the first week of October to go through the trees and see which 20 or so I will keep and make a list of the doubles and others .
Nelson and Chivas ( James ) have been very generous to me over the years and will have first pick .
Nelson lost a lot of great trees over the winter .
I will try to put a list together soon .

John

Subject: Toronto fig trees give away Replies: 34
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,919
 
Hi all ,

Looking to get rid of a bunch of fig trees , many known varieties . Many mature fruit producing trees .
Got into beekeeping this year in a big way and don't have the time to care for 100 fig trees anymore .
Pick up only , will not ship . 

Thanks ... John

Subject: Niagara Black ripening Replies: 43
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,066
 
Hey Tyler ,

Don't waste your time with the breba , they are not good and it slows down main crop .
Too bad the weather is so crappy this summer , I have so many varieties of trees loaded with fruit that won't ripen .
Nice to see the NB ripening with proper colour on the outside , others growing it have not posted the colours I see . But definitely not what it should be inside ,needs to drip honey for a few days , more heat and less rain .

John

Subject: Introduction from BC Canada Replies: 32
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Paully22 is in BC as well and can advise you on the best varieties for your location .

John

Subject: Vista, another first Replies: 23
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,063
 
I have 2 vista trees in their third year in zone 5 Toronto .
I just ate my first fig last week from one of the trees .
Obviously it was a breba , it was molasses thick inside and sweet and goopy like candy .
For the first fig off this tree , I was very impressed and see why Jon likes it so much .

John

Subject: lightbulbs to use for warmth? Replies: 21
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,658
 
Hey Frank ,

I use 3 sixty watt bulbs in a 7 X 7 by 7.5 foot tall structure  with 2.5 inch insulated walls . If you use a thermostat to control the bulbs it doesn't matter what size they are . I have  used 100 watt bulbs also for a while .
Many of the thermostats out there don't shut off till 45f , i use one thats a bit pricier but it gives me the precise control I want at apx 34f , which keeps the cost of heating down which easily pays for the cost of the stat . You also have a digital display of the temp in the space .

http://www.patriot-supply.com/products/showitem.cfm/JOHNSON_CONTROLS_A419ABG_3

You just plug in your lights ( or whatever heat source you have ) to one end and the other to the power outlet . 

John

Subject: lightbulbs to use for warmth? Replies: 21
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,658
 
Hey Frank ,

Sorry to hear about your winter losses .
I think that a properly insulated space is the place to start . The Figloo costs me pennies a day to heat because it has 2.5 inch foam insulated panels .
You could insulate your shed , or a portion of your shed , or a small area in your garage with foam board insulation panels which you could temporarily attach together to make a structure , and then heat with light bulbs attached to a t-stat set to 34f  ( thats the temp I use ) . Also the floor in the Figloo is the bare ground , no insulation required and it never freezes . 

John

Subject: Why some fig cutting is so expensive ??? Replies: 132
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 7,903
 
Its always the newbies that are willing to pay crazy prices , and when someone tries to tell them they are overpaying 
they get upset and try to claim that they can afford it so its fine . But I'm sure later on when they see that same variety 
is going for 10 dollars instead of the 400 dollars that they paid they understand that they were being impulsive .

John

Subject: I made a Figloo Replies: 6
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 618
 
Sounds nice and cozy Womack , they should stay nice and warm .
Good idea .

John

 

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