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Subject: Petite Negri 2013 Replies: 21
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Looks great . It's pure pulp inside .

Thanks for the pics and info .

John

Subject: Sbayi figs. Replies: 14
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Looks great .
Are you familiar with a fig called Fayumi from Egypt ?

John

Subject: TIME FOR INCHÁRIO PRETO Replies: 21
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Ok Francisco , you must work for the Portugal tourism board , because every time I see your posts I just wanna get on a plane and fly over there .

Awesome photos as always

John

Subject: Hardy Chicago 2013 Replies: 49
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Now that's the perfect ripeness .
So often you see photos posted of figs picked 2 - 3 days early and think , how would it look if allowed to
ripen properly . No need to wonder here .

Thanks JD , great photos

John

Subject: Grafting vs Rooting Update Replies: 17
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Great looking plant Frank .

John

Subject: Forsythe cutting pot Replies: 20
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I tried the original method in the video .
However I tried 2 pots . One had vermiculite the other had perlite .
I used dormant cuttings from the fridge .
2 of 8 cuttings survived in the vermiculite .
7 of 8 cuttings survived in the perlite and are potted now and growing well .
Surprisingly I had no problem unravelling the roots , infact they stayed mostly in separate clumps .

This is a handy low maintenance way to do a bunch of cuttings at once . I had 4 varieties per pot marked with
Sharpie marker . Have not tried on green cuttings , but would definitely use perlite instead of vermiculite .

John

Subject: My first taste of a "white" fig Replies: 7
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I would say a tree ripened black mission picked on the spot in the perfect climate is a damn good fig and a pretty good benchmark .
The problem is that not many outside of California have had the opportunity .

John

Subject: I had pleasure to meet Frank aka FMD Replies: 3
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I also have met Frank . Great guy .

John

Subject: Very tall fig tree question? Replies: 5
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I would air layer it at the halfway point . In 5-8 weeks you will have 2 trees and the bottom section will be forced to make multiple branches .
Otherwise stake it . I guess it depends what tree shape you want .

John

Subject: how do you go about choosing what figs to collect? Replies: 19
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I have a list in my iPad that I add to whenever I hear good things about a specific variety from multiple sources . I also ask or refer to posts from the Gurus that live in my climate like Adriano , Herman , Nelson , Paully , Chivas .. Etc .
Also anything recommended by Pierre Baud for cold climates .
On the experimental side I have family in Greece and if they have a variety that is awesome , especially from a high elevation mountain village , then I give those a try .
Also there are many locals you get to know who have been growing a tree for years who don't know the variety ( and don't care ) that is great .
I thin out the herd as needed , if a tree is sickly ( both paradiso neros ) , or just not up to par they get scrapped . I don't sell them or even give them away anymore , I don't want to perpetuate a crappy variety making the rounds wasting people's time .

John

Subject: Pictorial: The 5 Minute Mini SIP Replies: 116
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Very nice Frank .

Keep us updated on their progress .

John

Subject: Fig growing seminar video from Canada Replies: 6
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Advice about allowing new plant to grow 6 feet then cut leader , sure if you want to grow it like a maple tree . Also advises removing all suckers .
Not the best advice .
Stopped watching at that point .
Remember this is being taught in Ontario , these trees will need to be stored for the winter.
John

Subject: JH Adriatic breba Replies: 6
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Looks great ,
Nice to know breba are worth keeping .

John

Subject: unusual Propagating. Replies: 6
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This link might be helpful for larger air layer of in ground tree .

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Can-I-air-layer-main-trunk-5238353

John

Subject: Niagara Black Replies: 27
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Good job Bob ,

Its hard to miss those leaves when looking through the fig forest .
They look nice and healthy .
Now if only we could get some good weather , its been damn cold and windy up here the last few days .

John

Subject: Are these breba worth keeping ? Replies: 4
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Thanks guys ,

Will keep the vdb breba .
Last year I left some black mission breba on , and they looked great but didn't taste great . It was the first breba crop so might get better but
It really delayed the main crop to the point that they didn't develop with enough heat and were mediocre . A truly ripe mission is awesome .
I will leave 1 or 2 of the others for trial purposes .
It would be nice to have some breba that are so good that you could sacrifice the main crop , for a longer season of fruit eating .
I have 3 desert King now in their third year , but they are lazy weak growing little pukes , which will be composted if they don't smarten up.

John


Subject: Swarming in Seoul, S.Korea Replies: 6
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Do the bees attack your figs ?

John

Subject: Are these breba worth keeping ? Replies: 4
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excel
Mary lane seedless
Alma
Encanto brown turkey
Vdb
Black Mission

Are these breba any good or should they be removed to encourage main crop ripening .
In Toronto .Z5-6

Thanks .... John

Subject: Grafting question and some photos Replies: 9
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This is the grafting method I used last year ( thanks to Nelson for showing me ) and 12 out of 12 grafts were successful and are now budding .

http://ishare.sphorium.com/FB/DDB6FB4F7CD39C958714EFBE66A03569/link.aspx?id=5236da12-eef5-40fb-9d8a-b83c51fba24a&forcePrompt=true

John

Subject: winter damage questions Replies: 10
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The temps you heated to should be fine , may garage was in the high 40's a lot of the time , and no problems .
Bob is most likely correct , just give them some time , they will come back .

John

Subject: winter damage questions Replies: 10
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Are the cracks you mention more like bursts ?
If they were kept warm for an extended period causing the fluids to start moving up the branches then went below freezing then you could get those burst sections .
My garage never goes below freezing , I watered 3 times in total ( light watering ) during the winter and have about 100 plants , they all survived with no dieback at all .
How cold did it get in there ?

John

Subject: This unknown champion Greek cutting was rooted and potted in 6 days. check out these photos Replies: 20
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Looks good George .
But don't be in a rush . I would put it in a 1 gallon pot and let it grow some more healthy mature roots .
Otherwise you may end up keeping it too wet in a 15 gallon pot .

John


Subject: Niagara Black Replies: 27
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Greenfig , sorry I'm all out , and have never sold any , just given away , and in a couple cases was given something in return .
By the end of this summer there should be a bunch of people with plants large enough for taking cuttings .

Eli , thanks . Hope all is well with you and yours .

Bob , that would be great .

And a huge thanks to the Fig Fairy that went to major lengths in distributing all the cuttings and plants . Mind you I wouldn't call him that to his face :) But the thought of him in a tootoo holding a wand is a little disturbing now that I think about it .

John

Subject: Niagara Black Replies: 27
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Nice job Pete , I'm glad they worked out for you . Everyone that received cuttings from that batch (late summer ) had good success .
Frank , thanks . I really enjoyed meeting you and your brother last fall , make sure to give a call if you're in town again . I think when you were here the tree was about 7 feet tall . It's now about 4 feet due to a major pruning which allowed me to share all those cuttings .
I am confident now that this variety won't be lost and can enjoy some fruit .
For those who have it , it likes to sucker so you will get new plants for air layer regularly .
Also if anyone has any pics , it would be great to see them .

John

Subject: Looking for known zone 5-6 fig cuttings Replies: 10
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Just look at whatever Herman2 recommends . He's tried many varieties inground protected and not .

John

Subject: Forsythe cutting pot Replies: 20
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Hey Pete ,

Nice job . You didn't waste any time trying it .
I've picked up the materials for a couple pots and will be giving it a try
as soon as the weather warms up a bit .
I think I might try 1 with perlite as well .
Any advice ?

John


Subject: OT: Anyone grow Sea Buckthorn? Replies: 9
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It's hard to find any nurseries that sells SB around here .
The ones that do only have seedlings and can't tell you if they are male or female .
I think I may have found a source in my area for rooted suckers finally after a year of searching .
Not a very popular plant around here yet .

John

Subject: $86 for 5 cuttings???? Replies: 16
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George ,

Get to know people in the fig community , help out others when you can and you will be amazed at how they will help you back .
I received a ccd air layer from a friend for free . And I have given away many 7 foot trees for free and tons of cuttings and air layers . In fact I am trying to reduce the number of plants I have but I always end up with more due to the generosity of others . Once you get to know people , you will rarely have to pay for plants let alone hundreds of dollars for a couple sticks .

John

Subject: Greek Spartan Fig Tree Replies: 15
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Hey George ,

You will know it needs the wasp if the fruits drop before getting ripe .
If it is not making fruit then it is just not ready to . If you fertilize with too much nitrogen then it will grow quickly but may not fruit .
In Greece the soil is probably very rocky and has very little organic matter yet the trees produce lots of fruit .
Some people grow certain varieties in pots and find that they fruit better instead of growing many branches and leaves , but that depends on the variety .
Adriano who is the fig guru here in Canada is the one who gave me that piece of advice when I was planting my inground tree

John

Subject: Tip Punning time for Desert King Replies: 11
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The good thing about pinching now is that 2 branches should form from each pinched tip . Then each of those can grow 5 or 6 leaves and each be pinched again , thus more branching is achieved early . It is on this wood that next years brebas will form . Last years wood before the pinched area is where this years breba crop will form , so you're not losing anything .

John

Subject: Got roots? My step 2 Replies: 11
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Hey Jason ,

I'm not clear on what the advantage of the cloth pots is over the regular plastic 1 gallon pots .

Thanks .. John

Subject: Paper Towels vs. Moss Replies: 28
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Sphagnum moss all the way .
Main problem with rooting is mold . Whether 1 takes longer than the other I can't say .
But as far as mold is concerned moss basically eliminates that problem , unless of course it's way too wet .

John

Subject: Fruit Hunters, TV Series Replies: 28
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Thanks Harvey .
I really enjoyed both videos .
I read about Haskap berries last year around this time .
I ended up planting 3 of them , hopefully they will fruit this spring .
They are very cold hardy . Down to -40 degrees .
They are also very productive , with 5 lb of berries after just 3 years if I remember correctly .

John

Subject: A Free Tree Replies: 71
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Hey Tony ,

I moved a tree that size a few years ago .
It took 3 of us and a 4 wheel cart . I mean heavy duty industrial cart .
We layed plywood on the ground to roll it to the van . Otherwise wheels would have sunk into the ground . Just need 2 sheets 3/4 inch .
I used a spade and cut a 30 inch root ball and we then removed some soil furtther out so we could rock it and get to some of the deeper roots .
The final root ball was about 2 feet deep .
The soil will way a ton so knock off as much as you can . Adriano at the time told me to just cut it to 2 or 3 feet tall . I should have listened , it
would have been easier and better for the shape of the tree in the long run . Make sure you have shovels with a steel shaft or bars to pry with .
If your chainsaw hits the dirt it will be useless .
Don't be surprised if this thing is over 300 lbs . If there are 4-6 inch trunks like mine had its very possible .

Anyway good luck ..... John

Subject: How Deep Do You Plant A 7 Feet Fig Tree In Ground? Replies: 8
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I would have the top of the root ball 2 to 3 inches lower than ground level .
The hole I would make with 2 to 3 inch clearance all around then pack in some good soil
and water well . A couple inches of mulch on top would be good to keep moist .

John

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
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Hey Michael ,

I've seen a few documentaries with Joel Salatin from Polyface Farms , 550 acres in Virginia I believe .
He is very passionate and quite the character . You know instantly that he is sincere and also ,
that he knows what he's talking about because nature based sensible farming is in his soul .
Infact if you go back about 70 years , every farmer on the planet was an organic farmer and every
farmer from the beginning of time was also .
Today many people see organic practices as fringe . How funny .

John

The last doc I saw with him was Farmageddon . It's on YouTube .



Subject: OT - FEEDING CALVES COW BLOOD IS LEGAL ? Replies: 20
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Another way to look at things is where are people living the longest and what do they do differently .
Blue zones , are locations where scientists find that local populations have a very high rate of people
reaching 90+ years of age .

The island of Ikaria , Greece is one such place . Here is the first video in the Ikaria series .





John

Subject: OT - FEEDING CALVES COW BLOOD IS LEGAL ? Replies: 20
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It's great to see everyone is not apathetic about this subject no matter which side they support .
Cody talks from a perspective that most of us do not have and his input is greatly appreciated .
The fact remains that cow blood is being fed to calves .
I understand why they need to bottle feed , due to mothers rejecting newborns . But why not
bottle feed with milk . As we all know and most people practice nothing is better than mothers milk
for babies.

Here is a link to the UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS which talks about animal feed , including blood .
This is not some fringe group . These are highly respected scientists , many of them Nobel prize recipients.
They voice their concerns on a wide range of topics .

http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/industrial-agriculture/they-eat-what-the-reality-of.html#Plastics


Suzi , thanks for your story .
I have one also . Years back I was at a seminar and there was a gentleman there who was
one of the speakers . He was in his sixties and had been a plumber in his early years . At that
time hot & cold water pipes were covered with Asbestos for insulation .
He said that when working and mixing the asbestos it would fill the air with fibers . Those fibers
would choke you while you worked with it . So he did what everyone else did , he grabbed a ball
of asbestos and chewed on it . Most of the fibers would stick to the ball in his mouth and not get
stuck in his throat . He said most of his friends from back then have died from asbestosis .
This may sound crazy to us now but back then it was considered safe .

If something sounds wrong , well usually where there's smoke there's fire . So why risk it ?

John



Subject: OT - FEEDING CALVES COW BLOOD IS LEGAL ? Replies: 20
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Bump . ( thread went to page 2 ) wanted others to see Cody's post .

Great info Cody . Appreciate your input .

Anybody else ?

John




Subject: OT - FEEDING CALVES COW BLOOD IS LEGAL ? Replies: 20
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Chapman ,

I don't mean to step on anyone's toes with this subject , it is not my intention to offend .
Nor to talk only about the cattle industry . It was more to talk about industrial agriculture in general .
I know there are plenty of farmers who wish they could do things differently but have no choice if they want
to stay in business .
And as far as disinformation , what has been written about here is happening so I don't know what you mean .
I think as consumers we should be able to pick between the cow that has been fed blood , and candy bars or the one
that eats like an herbivore should .
We have lost the connection to where our food comes from , we need to get to know local farmers and see how they grow our food
and support them and be willing to pay more for a better product , cutting out the middle men . This is better for both the farmer and consumer .
I hope this is not seen as an attack on the farmer . It's the system that's broken .

John

Subject: Weed Killer Replies: 7
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Dave ,

I see your glass is always half full .
My roots are from Greece and dandelions boiled or in salads are a common dish . But never tried dandelion wine .
Let us know how it turns out .

John

Subject: My best fig so far . Help identify Replies: 28
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No Bob . It needs protection .

John

Subject: Weed Killer Replies: 7
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It is illegal in Toronto to use pesticides on our lawns so it has become dandelion heaven . You just can't avoid them even if you pick them by hand from your lawn , the seeds will float over from someone else's .

I covered my flower beds and around my trees 3 inches deep of partially composted pine bark mulch 1 " nugget size which I buy by the yard .
This stays dry on top but keeps the soil underneath nice and moist . If a seed lands on the mulch it is too dry to germinate and even if one does it's roots don't have much to cling to and come out very easily .
The mulch deteriorates over time adding nutrients to your soil . And it's great when it rains you can walk on it without worrying about muddy boots . This has reduced my weeding by atleast 90% . It not only kills existing weeds it also stops new ones from developing . And no worry of hurting the tree or anything else .
I use the same mulch in my potting mix for the fig trees .

John

Subject: My best fig so far . Help identify Replies: 28
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I have been calling this fig Niagara Black since this thread .
So if you search that name you can find more pics and info .
I think if you forum search the word Niagara you get better results .

John

Subject: OT - FEEDING CALVES COW BLOOD IS LEGAL ? Replies: 20
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WillsC

It's very simple actually . It's called Cannibalism .
Would you feed your kid a bottle of human blood ? Don't worry it's been tested .
Ever heard of mad cow desease ? Which was due to cows eating cows .
And this is all happening , it is not just something I read about on the Internet .
Everyone who questions the status quo is a conspiracy theorist ?

This is just one of the many rediculous things being done in conventional farming . I chose this subject to get people talking .
I think many people believe that there is someone out there in government looking out for us and if it is legal it's o.k .
I believe we need to question anything that we don't trust .
Remembe DDT , another legal insecticide ? Just because it's legal doesn't mean it's moral or safe . It just means a bunch of politicians said its ok .

John




Subject: OT - FEEDING CALVES COW BLOOD IS LEGAL ? Replies: 20
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Figs4life ,

That's nuts . Here's the link ;



John

Subject: OT - FEEDING CALVES COW BLOOD IS LEGAL ? Replies: 20
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Sorry for the gruesome subject matter . However another thread led me to start a discussion about common sense food production , and how out of touch the average person is with what industrial agriculture is doing to the land , water , air , animals and to us .
As we know a business is about profit so why let all that blood go to waste at the slaughter house , when you can feed it to newborn calves and save the milk for us ? Here is the link ;

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-greger-md/california-mad-cow-disease_b_1450984.html

Many people become polarized when it comes to organic verses conventional farming practices . I don't care what the title is as long as it is common sense farming . Farming should be about healthy food not only a healthy bottom line . So whether it is biodynamic , organic , permaculture , who cares what it's called it should respect the land the animals and us .

I know this is definitely off our regular topic , however we are all growers and feel a connection with mother nature , and are often in awe of what she can do as we see our little cuttings grow into trees giving us the fruits of her & our labor . She needs our help .

John




Subject: Dried Figs at Costco Replies: 29
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Found them in the Toronto costco at Dufferin and Wilson .
My wife picked them up for 9.99 .
They are quite good .

John

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
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Danny ,

I agree with you that we are the ones letting it happen . You seem well versed on the facts and are honest about not caring .
I can respect that .
However many of us do care .

John

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
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Hank , Thanks for the videos . I feel for you . It is a moral crime what is being done in the name of profit . Unfortunately due to deep corporate pockets and lobbyists it is not a legal crime .

Eithius . I watched a bit of THE FUTURE OF FOOD . Seems like a very well done documentary , thanks for your input . I will finish watching it later today .

Hungry jack , Pete , great input .

I think we all need to take the time to properly educate ourselves about the reality of agriculture today . There are huge corporate interests involved that want to control our food supply . They do not have our or the planets best interests in mind . Their goal is profit , at any cost !
This need not be a battle of ideologies , just take a few minutes and watch " THE FUTURE OF FOOD " on YouTube . It can't hurt .
The best citizen is an informed citizen , that way nobody can pull the wool over your eyes .

John


 

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