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Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
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It seems that those members fears are abated by the fact that organic eating children will die from rickets .
How nice .

Suzi let's just agree to disagree .
Enjoy your evening out .

John

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,540
 
That was nasty .
Are you sure you're not into the Jack already ?

John

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,540
 
WillsC

Are you saying there are no super weeds ? Look it up .
The superhuman comment was a joke , but I didn't think it needed explaining .

John

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,540
 
Well if you eat enough of the conventionally grown food you might become superhuman , just like some of the super weeds that have become immune to most pesticides and require the use of agent orange type herbicides .
Me , I'll stick to organic and homegrown when possible .

John

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,540
 
The facts speak for themselves Suzi .
Either you want to see them or you don't .
All you have to do is read James's post above to see what industrial agriculture does to the soil and things you try to grow in it naturally .

All I know is the fruit and veg I grow will be toxin free .
Yours will be no better than what is offered in your local supermarket .

John

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,540
 
There was a case in Canada where Monsanto sued a farmer , after he found their gmo canola growing on his property which had blown over from a neighboring farm . Instead of him sueing for contamination of his seed stock which took 30 years for him to develop .
Monsanto won , and now there is no certification possible for organic canola in the Canadian prairies .
So they bully people into silence and will sue at the drop of a hat to shut people up . Is this the company you trust with your food supply ?
Actually the main chemical is identified in the article ( 2,4-D) .

John





Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,540
 
Here is an article that explains it all .

http://earthfirstnews.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/dow-and-monsanto-set-to-team-up-to-reintroduce-agent-orange-pesticide-in-the-midwest/

There are many more articles out there , just google " agent orange corn "

John

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,540
 
The Environmental Protection Agency has refused a petition that aimed to ban the sale of a powerful pesticide linked with cancer — and while already available, a surge in sales is expected as scientists ready a new GMO crop resistant to the chemical.

Not only has the EPA rejected a petition that sought to prohibit the domestic sale of the dangerous 2,4-D pesticide — a key ingredient in Agent Orange — but the main manufacturer of the chemical predicts that sales will skyrocket in the coming months. The reason, it would seem, is that Dow Chemicals is awaiting federal approval of a genetically engineered crop they’ve created that will be resistant to 2,4-D.

Ah that fresh country air !

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,540
 
Suzi ,

You believe in your country ?
Is this about patriotism ? Nobody has said that my facts are false . The problem is the system created by the big agro corporations which have even patented life itself (gmo) . Supposedly for the good of us all .
I live in Toronto , and we have been pesticide free for the last few years . The bee colonies in the city are actually healthier than those in the country if you can believe it . What do you think those same chemicals are doing to you ?
If we are to avoid poisoning ourselves and our planet , we must find another way .

John

Subject: Home Grower Vs Commercial Grower Replies: 47
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,540
 
Commercial / industrial agriculture is not a sustainable system to start with . They create a monoculture system which becomes a breeding ground for the particular insect or disease that prefers that crop . They then pour tons of toxins into the soil and onto the plants so they can eradicate all bugs and weeds . This ends up killing all the microorganisms in the soil and polluting the water table , not to mention the food they are growing . Now with the dead soil they need to start fertilizing with other chemicals which are highly oil dependent in their production causing greenhouse gases .
Honey bees pollinate about 40% of our food crops and their numbers have been dropping drastically over the last decade , infact in some areas of China fruit trees need to be hand pollinated because there are no bees left . This phenomenon has been linked to pesticide use , especially a neurotoxin developed by the Bayer company .
You are living in that environment and and are concerned for them ? I understand they are your neighbors , but they are doing you far more harm than you are doing them .

John

Subject: Another rookie here....... Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 745
 
Welcome Jeff ,

Nice looking figs . When do they ripen ? If early might be a Desert King .

John

Subject: Forsythe cutting pot Replies: 20
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,862
 
Thanks for your input guys .

It seems like a good way to regulate moisture levels , because you never have to water the growing medium directly other than on initial setup .
I am with you Martin , I prefer rooting cuttings during the spring . I find it's just too much trouble trying to keep everything alive indoors , it's much easier for me to
keep them going with the help of mother nature .
And this technique should also help .

John

Subject: Forsythe cutting pot Replies: 20
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,862
 
Came across this video of John Preece ( of Wolfskill UC Davis ) showing an intersesting method for propagating cuttings .
I was searching for more info on this method which I just read about recently and came across John's video . So I dont know if it is any good for fig cuttings . But many seem to really like it for other types of cuttings.
Has anybody tried it ? 

Video wont work on Ipad .

http://www3.wsiu.org/television/infocusarchive/player.php?record=151

John

Subject: Paradiso Root Graft -Don't call me a whack job! Replies: 25
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,149
 
Hey Grasa ,

I find this topic very interesting , especially all the step by step pictures .
You're passion for this hobby shines through in your work . There will be disappointments along the way but the efforts you are making will pay off .
In the meantime we will all benefit .
I for one am glad you decided to be a member of this forum . New ideas and people keep things fresh .

John

Subject: Dried Figs at Costco Replies: 29
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 7,341
 
Hey Dave ,

Are they any good ? Any pics of the actual figs ?

John

Subject: fig varieties in Greece for sale Replies: 32
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,146
 
Tony I think you're going through fig withdrawal buddy .
You need help .

John

Subject: fig varieties in Greece for sale Replies: 32
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,146
 
Hey Pen ,

It's nice to see the link actually helped someone .
How do you like that variety ?
Do you recognize any of the other varieties ? If so , how are they ?

John

Subject: Improved Celeste and Florea,The earliest varieties to ripe,here. Replies: 56
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Vasile ,

I agree the early ripening is exactly what we need here also . Last year the rains started late August and on . So an early ripening variety is ideal .

John

Subject: fig varieties in Greece for sale Replies: 32
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,146
 
Well if you can fit 500 cuttings in your bra , then they must match your feet :)


Subject: fig varieties in Greece for sale Replies: 32
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,146
 
Hey Suzi ,

You must have some big-ass feet ;)

John

Subject: fig varieties in Greece for sale Replies: 32
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,146
 
Great prices . About $2.25 per plant .
Unfortunately you must buy a skid of 500 .
Royal in Greek is " vasilika " so the 2 figs called royal are the vasilika varieties we have here . Syka means figs . So vasilika syka = royal figs
The one labelled black mission looks more like a cddn .

http://translate.google.ca/translate?hl=en&sl=el&u=http://www.kostelenosfytoria.gr/products.php%3FpageId%3D10&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%25CE%2588%25CE%25BB%25CE%25BB%25CE%25B7%25CE%25BD%25CE%25B5%25CF%2582%2B%25CF%2583%25CF%2585%25CE%25BA%25CE%25B9%25CE%25AC%2B%2B%25CF%2580%25CE%25BF%25CE%25B9%25CE%25BA%25CE%25B9%25CE%25BB%25CE%25AF%25CE%25B5%25CF%2582%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dsafari%26tbo%3Dd&sa=X&ei=Na2ZUIWeJ-aC2AWEtYCIBg&ved=0CDMQ7gEwAA

John

Subject: Improved Celeste and Florea,The earliest varieties to ripe,here. Replies: 56
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 5,519
 
Thanks Vasile ,

Always on the look out for varieties you recommend . If they thrive in your climate they should do well here too ..
Splitting is a problem with a lot of the varieties , but if they don't split with all the rain you've been getting the last couple years then were good .

John


Subject: red conandria fig Replies: 8
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The size , hollow cavity , color , dryness , large eye are all typical of California Brown Turkey . Been there , done that and got rid of it .
My Dad likes it for a showpeace now.

John

Subject: John's Palisade Green (discovery) Replies: 31
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,273
 
You feeling all right Martin ?
A little on the light side isn't it  Darth Figger .

John

Subject: Longue d'Aout pics Replies: 66
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 12,535
 
Hi all .

I am posting a few pics of Niagara Black to compare against Longue D'aout . I do not think they are the same , but others have wondered so compare for yourselves .















Now you can compare.

John

Subject: Delicious looking figs of the Canary islands Replies: 18
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,329
 
Hey Nelson ,

I gotta learn Portuguese . Great stuff

Subject: Valle Negra superior to Violette de Bordeaux Replies: 22
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 4,524
 
I am quite sure that this is the same as Nero600 that Herman has .

John

Subject: First fig grafts Replies: 27
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,689
 
I picked up this tool at Lee Valley in Canada .
I tried a few grafts and they all failed . That was summer 2011 .
This year I tried bud grafts , the way Axier does them , and they all have healed to the point where you can hardly tell its a graft . Next spring I will cut above that node and they should branch . With the bud graft method all you need is a sharp knife .

John

Subject: Any Canadian menbers willing to trade cuttings Replies: 19
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,130
 
Hey Paully

Would that other variant that does well but is inferior be Gilette ?

John

Subject: NEW members Replies: 50
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,392
 
Jon and Dennis ,

It is not my intension to discourage anyone from posting about their trials and experiments . I have myself tried a few different things and posted about them , some succeeded and some did not . That's all part of learning and discovering . Learning is the reason I am on this site not cuttings or plants .
However just as Dennis was frustrated by people at nurseries giving him the wrong info , some of the newer people here may be getting faulty info from posters who don't clearly state that their assumptions are just assumptions .
I personally like to try out all sorts of wacky things and sometimes they work great like the Figloo . But I try to back it up with factual info or clearly state that it is only an experiment .

John

Subject: NEW members Replies: 50
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,392
 
I think its great that people from all over the world are getting involved . Fig trees are not native to North America so those members from Eurasia have a lot to offer as far as fig history and culture , not to mention varieties .
My concern is with members posting about unproven techniques or ideas as being fact . Test your theories first . There has been alot of useless misleading info posted by some newbies which other newbies are taking as fact .
So please people just because your cat pissed in your fig which never fruited before but does now , doesn't mean cat piss is awesome for figs ;)

John


Subject: Danny's Delight Replies: 12
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Very good info Robert .
Any pics ?

John

Subject: Update root graft (Bryant /my tree's roots) Replies: 15
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 903
 
Well I wish you luck Grasa and keep us updated . It's definitely worth a try .

John

Subject: Update root graft (Bryant /my tree's roots) Replies: 15
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 903
 
I may be wrong but that root looks dead to me . There is no knew white growth on the root , and all the fine parts of the root look shrivelled .
What leads you to believe it is working ?
It may just be a cutting doing its thing on its own .
It's a cool idea if it works .

John

Subject: LSU Red 2012 Replies: 32
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,427
 
Thanks Navid ,

Considering your experience , I will be putting it on my wish list .

John

Subject: LSU Red 2012 Replies: 32
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 2,427
 
Hey Navid ,

Is this tree very late in ripening it's fruit , or is it a young plant that just ripened for the first time ?

Thanks .... John

Subject: Need Help an ID - Is this Black Mission Fig Replies: 19
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Hi Zaitun ,

The figs in this thread are what black mission should look like . They were awesome .



http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Winter-figs-in-Chile-5768622?highlight=chile

John

Subject: Need Help an ID - Is this Black Mission Fig Replies: 19
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Doesn't look like Black mission . Black mission is more egg shaped .
Do you have pics of inside ?

John

Subject: NEED HELP!! (deciding) Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 997
 
Some people can't be bothered with cuttings . They need almost daily attention . If you are away for more that a couple days on vacation , you may come back to problems . I personally don't intend on rooting anything before March , they don't seem to do as well for me if started earlier .
I also expected more established plants or air layers when I ordered last year . But you cant find another source with so many excellent varieties FOR SALE in Canada .

John

Subject: NEED HELP!! (deciding) Replies: 14
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 997
 
You will not be any later by rooting cuttings this winter because that is what you will be getting from Brugmansia Quebec . His plants are cuttings that will be rooted this winter .
I bought a few plants last May and they are doing fine but none is larger than 2 feet tall at this point . Next year they should take off , and I suspect the following year bear some fruit .
So if you are good at rooting cuttings you will be in the same position as far as plant size .

John

Subject: NEED HELP!! (deciding) Replies: 14
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Skip the dannys delight and absolutely go for ronde de bourdeux . It's one of the best varieties and also one of the earliest main crop figs .
John

Subject: Kadota fig disappointment Replies: 26
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 10,230
 
My experience has been that if this fig is ripening in cool and or rainy weather it bites.
Otherwise it is very good .
The breba that are ripening during the hot summer days are excellent .

John

Subject: How figs will save the world Replies: 38
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Imagine that ... Now they're hungry !

John

Subject: How figs will save the world Replies: 38
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,558
 
Huh
Here we are trying to figure out how to save the world , and all the pot-heads can think about is how to make brownies !

John :)

Subject: How figs will save the world Replies: 38
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 1,558
 
Hi all .

I have been trying to understand the recent mania in fig ( cutting and plant ) prices .
I get it now .
It is Ben Bernanke's master plan .
First there was the Dot-Com bubble created by Ben's predecessor . But that failed .
Next was the housing bubble .. Ooops .
Now commodities are becoming bubbly ( gold , silver , oil , etc )
But none of these have managed to pull the economy out of true recession or reduce joblessness sigficantly.
I finally get what all this money printing and quantitative easing is all about .
Look at the prices of figs on E-Bay .They're trying to create a FIG BUBBLE . 
All that free money floating around the system is being directed at figs. Think about it . The dutch used tulip bulbs as a store of value in the 1600's. so why not figs .
Forget gold and silver . Too heavy . People will be walking around with fig cuttings in their back pocket . VDB $10 , RDB worth $20 etc.
I think Federal Reserve agents are already on this forum and E-Bay trying to bid up the prices to start the ball rolling on inflating the fig bubble.
What else can explain the recent prices ? Not logic .
Imagine all the jobs that will be created . People can work from home in their basements rooting cuttings . 
Imagine all the new varieties that will be introduced for Initial Public Offering . There was a recent IPO on E-Bay of a previously unheard of variety that created such a frenzy reminiscent of PALM's I.P.O . Remember the palm pilot ? NO ? Hmmm.
Why put your cash in the bank for 1% yearly return ? Instead buy the latest 6 inch fig fad cutting  for $100 . Root it . and in a year it should easily be 5 feet tall . That is 10 new cuttings . 1000 % return per year . In 4 short years you have made a 1000 000 % return on initial investment . You are rich . And don't forget you also collect dividends along the way , all the figs you can eat .
Finally in the remote possibility that this bubble pops , atleast you can enjoy a nice rare fig or two ...
Mr. Bernanke you are a genius ...

John ;)

Ps .. Invest in sphagnum moss now before its too late ..

Subject: Mish Mash Replies: 13
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Wow Frank ,

What a great setup . You have tons of figs left this season , and great varieties too .
Which variety is the one with all the figs and no leaves ? Are they breba or did you strip the leaves ?

John

Subject: Niagara Black air layer & fruit pics Replies: 59
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 5,137
 
Fig season in Toronto is coming to an end and most of the trees are stalling out . Three varieties are going strong still , one is NB.
In fact the sweetness and flavor is more intense with the cold weather that has been in the mid to low 40s at night .

Sorry Ruben , I just had to.

Starting to ripen


Getting there


Now thats ripe !!!!


A look inside 


Close up , super dense and flavorfull


Compared to a quarter


A platefull of other good figs that try but just dont compare to NB.


Thanks John


Subject: Air layering main trunk Replies: 9
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 917
 
Check out this post , it should answer any questions you may have .

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

john

Subject: Galicia Negra Replies: 120
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 10,952
 
My concern here is that people (newbies) will think its normal to be paying hundreds of dollars for plants that normally would sell for 10 to 40 dollars or even less .
I can also understand that not everyone wants to deal with the uncertainty and hassles of cuttings , and would instead be willing to pay more for a plant . But hundreds of dollars for a newly rooted plant is nuts .
These are not baseball cards , they depreciate very quickly .
I have over 100 fig plants and have in total invested around $500-600 . From those plants I have propagated and traded dozens . I have also given away rare varieties to complete strangers and have also been a recipient .
That to me is the spirit of this forum and the people on it . They will help you , all you need to do is ask , and also one day return the favor .

John

Subject: Galicia Negra Replies: 120
Posted By: Johnparav Views: 10,952
 
Dominick is absolutely right .

If you look at who is bidding they are all very recent members who obviously don't know they could get cuttings and even plants for next to nothing if they wait a bit and make some friends here .
They will look back and realize their mistake soon enough . This is an interesting looking fig but that is all at this point . Even if it was amazing you are still wasting your money , it's only a twig .

John

 

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