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Old 10-05-2022, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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My mom lives 20 minutes south of me outside NYC. Her fig yields are crazy this year. During a drought summer. Odd. She barely watered the tree.


She gave so many away and made fig honey out of them but said its a lot of work.










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30 lbs of Early Girls condensed down to tomato jam and tomato basil cream soup.


Will be pulling off the rest this weekend. Hard freeze coming next week.

I haven't done it yet but I stretched it as long as I could. We've had November like temps here past 5 days. Now nothing is ripening for sure. So out they come. Maybe today or this weekend.


Here's my stats for this month so far


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Old 10-05-2022, 09:24 AM
 
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I dislike figs, but those look gooood. I've never eaten a fresh fig. Maybe those would change my mind.
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Old 10-05-2022, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Oakville, ON
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My mom lives 20 minutes south of me outside NYC. Her fig yields are crazy this year. During a drought summer. Odd. She barely watered the tree.


She gave so many away and made fig honey out of them but said its a lot of work.













I haven't done it yet but I stretched it as long as I could. We've had November like temps here past 5 days. Now nothing is ripening for sure. So out they come. Maybe today or this weekend.


Here's my stats for this month so far

All that from one tree? Is it containerized? I think it's hard to get them to overwinter in-ground (unless you insulated it tremendously).

My tomatoes are still ripening, albeit rather slowly. Peppers too. Eggplants don't seem to be doing anything though. Definitely starting to head into cool weather crop season - scallions, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, gai lohn, arugula, tatsoi...
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Old 10-05-2022, 12:33 PM
 
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No water would be running through the hose until the timer turns on. The device mounts to the spigot. You really should look into it, it would save you money.


You shut the whole house off when you go away? I can understand that but how much of this self watering thing will be sustainable after a few hot days? You'll need a storage tank and a pump?
You have a lot more faith in electronics than I do and our life is filled with digital electronics.

About 4 years ago I had our home thermostat replaced with the kind that can be remotely controlled, thought that would be smart for when we go out of town on longer trip and the weather changes.

That almost turned into a 10k horror show because the installer, from the best company in town, set it so very wrong that both the heat AND the A/C were coming on simultaneously. Spouse and I kept listening to the system (we hadn't left town) and knew something was wrong but couldn't figure it out until we got an electric bill that was double what it should be. The HVAC was killing itself trying to do what it was wrongly programmed for. No apology from company when I told them what they did wrong, we hired a different company to fix problem.

The self-watering planter is low low tech, nothing electronic haha, nothing attached to hose, fill it and it's set for many weeks.
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Old 10-05-2022, 04:29 PM
 
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All that from one tree? Is it containerized? I think it's hard to get them to overwinter in-ground (unless you insulated it tremendously). ...

1.5 trees. One mature one and one smaller one. In ground, not in pot and she never covers or buries it over winter.

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I dislike figs, but those look gooood. I've never eaten a fresh fig. Maybe those would change my mind.

Yup, I recommend that to everyone. Once you try a fresh fig right from the tree it will make you make your taste buds come alive.
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Old 10-05-2022, 04:51 PM
 
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1.5 trees. One mature one and one smaller one. In ground, not in pot and she never covers or buries it over winter.




Yup, I recommend that to everyone. Once you try a fresh fig right from the tree it will make you make your taste buds come alive.
Those fig pictures are...magnificent! How unusual, figs. They love the drought? I'll have to google where figs really come from, never thought about it. I have a relative here in central CT who has a small fig tree that she overwinters in the basement but there must be a big climate difference between here and down there. I think she even gets a fig or two now and then but nothing like that!
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Old 10-08-2022, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Oakville, ON
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1.5 trees. One mature one and one smaller one. In ground, not in pot and she never covers or buries it over winter.




Yup, I recommend that to everyone. Once you try a fresh fig right from the tree it will make you make your taste buds come alive.
Wow, are they one of those varieties that dies back in the winter and regrows from the roots fast enough to produce a yield during a single growing season? My understanding is that the coldest figs can tolerate (for the stems/trunks) is about -20C to -15C for the hardier varieties, so it usually gets a bit colder than that here.

I bought some fig seedlings this year which were delivered mid-June. Only got a few little figlets from them but I'm hoping next year will be better now that they'll be more established and now that they'll be able to start growing in early May vs taking until early July to get over transplant shock. The varieties I have (1 each) are Chicago Hardy, Neveralla, Olympia and Violette de Bordeaux. They're in 4-5 gallon containers.
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Old 10-09-2022, 07:05 AM
 
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Those fig pictures are...magnificent! How unusual, figs. They love the drought? I'll have to google where figs really come from, never thought about it. I have a relative here in central CT who has a small fig tree that she overwinters in the basement but there must be a big climate difference between here and down there. I think she even gets a fig or two now and then but nothing like that!

They don't love drought, they like to be watered which is odd. Sometimes there's too many unknowns out there. lol

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Wow, are they one of those varieties that dies back in the winter and regrows from the roots fast enough to produce a yield during a single growing season? My understanding is that the coldest figs can tolerate (for the stems/trunks) is about -20C to -15C for the hardier varieties, so it usually gets a bit colder than that here.

We barely go below 0F (-18C) but for sure not the southern variety cause it can get below 10F (-12C) here and snowy. My Grandfather used to bury all his figs in the 1960s and 70s because winters were just brutal and he wanted to make sure they were protected. Now nobody burys it. Some will cover it though and protect it from the North winter winds.


I been through Polar Vortex years and record snows in March and the Fig Tree survived without being covered. Late to wake up though
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Old 10-09-2022, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Oakville, ON
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They don't love drought, they like to be watered which is odd. Sometimes there's too many unknowns out there. lol




We barely go below 0F (-18C) but for sure not the southern variety cause it can get below 10F (-12C) here and snowy. My Grandfather used to bury all his figs in the 1960s and 70s because winters were just brutal and he wanted to make sure they were protected. Now nobody burys it. Some will cover it though and protect it from the North winter winds.


I been through Polar Vortex years and record snows in March and the Fig Tree survived without being covered. Late to wake up though
This guy is in your area I think and he insulates his figs in straw. I've seen a lot of people do similar things in the NE and Ohio Valley.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO0S...anagiotopoulos

But people in Ontario are able to keep them in unheated garages and they seem to survive the winter, even though I'd expect temperatures to fall to -15C easily, maybe even -20C or -25C briefly depending on where they live, how bad the winter was, how well insulated/sheltered their garage is, etc.

When do your figs usually start to wake up?
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Old 10-09-2022, 02:39 PM
 
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I had these a few days ago... delicious


Rabitos Royale chocolate covered fig with brandy chocolate cream filling






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