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Greenfin, you keep growing and you will have to hire bodies @$15 an hour just to keep all the fig plants alive. :)
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If it is a good field next to you and you can afford it , I'd echo George's encouragement to get it.
As long as it won't overburden you.
Beautiful work you are doing.

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The main drawback of the field is that the developers who own it want $255k for it (so over $25k per acre).  I've talked to them about leasing it, and the lease price is something I could afford, but I'm reluctant to invest in building a lot of infrastructure and setting up orchards on leased land.  

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we did buy a 7 acre farm/property next-door to my son in more-South NJ.
In a year (or 2), we will be living there enjoying our 4 young  grandchildren, plus some other good stuff ... 

That sounds like a real home run, congratulations! 

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Very impressive work.  Tell them what price you want to pay for the land.  If they get tired of waiting they might let you have it.
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GreenFin, just curious as to what measures you are taking to verify the varieties you are acquiring are legitimate?
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Thanks Greenfin. I just placed an order for March 2017 delivery. I can't wait to get my order in July. Very excited you are doing this for everyone.
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Greenfin...unbelievable setup you have going there...just placed an order for 2017...I had not been on the site for some time...figs in my garage coming out of dormancy prompted me to take a look at the good 'ol F4F! I'm glad i did. Looking forward to receiving a fig tree I have coveted for a while next summer!
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GreenFin, just curious as to what measures you are taking to verify the varieties you are acquiring are legitimate?

Here's my general system for trying to ensure accuracy for people who buy through me:

1) Acquire stock from well-established, highly regarded sources who have already done substantial vetting.  (HarveyC, drivewayfarmer, Jon/pitangadiego, etc)

2) If acquiring stock from multiple sources, compare them as they grow.  (if they're clearly different, there's clearly a problem; that happened when I got Smith from 3 sources last year and one clearly stood out as a Smith Not)

3) Observe them as they grow to look for signs of inaccuracy.  (seeing finger leaves when one would expect broad 1-lobed leaves, etc, but making sure to take into account the unreliability of leaf shapes on young trees)

4) (Long-Term)  My long-term strategy for achieving and maintaining total accuracy involves not just my own observations and those of my trusted sources, but also getting as many additional folks as possible to help vet the varieties in an attempt to find and replace any inaccuracies.  To that end, I'll be creating a variety page for each cultivar, posting dozens of pictures of the trees, their leaves, and their fruit, and enlisting the help of thousands of eyeballs to help my own.  Feedback from growers will help, too: if a variety is inaccurate, some of the folks growing it will notice it and report back, and the problem can be quickly fixed.  The result should be an ever-tightening grip on accuracy.   (they may all be 100% accurate right now, but the point is that even if they aren't, this is a system for achieving it over time)

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From the pics I have seen, you seem to have ~100% rooting success.
 My congrats & quite amazing ...

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James, thank you! You always update us on your progress and post pictures. Wow, thats some hard work!! I can only imagine the labor of love that goes into growing these guys! And, that is a ton of requests!!

Also, quick question, I remember at one time you offered some of the "fish poop" for sale (I believe it was you). Do you still offer it?

Thx!
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Meg - The fish poop was me, but I put the idea on the backburner.  Right now I mostly feed it straight to my bananas, and they're showing their thanks with 15 bunches (and 5 more soon):  Dwarf Brazilian, Dwarf Cavendish (3), Dwarf Namwah, Dwarf Orinoco (4), Dwarf Red, Grand Nain, Pisang Ceylon, Pisang Mas, and SH-3640 (2).  It's awesome that plants can convert fish poo into such delicious treats!

Kerry & George - Thanks :)

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Just put my order in for the 2017 group. Thanks. I am glad the prices are soooo in my budget. May buy more as the year goes by.
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James,

I was wondering, how different is the air inside your structure compared to the outside?
Will we need to adjust the figs to the dry air and sun?

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Hi Folks,

I just stumbled onto this forum and immediately registered.  I've grown figs off and on for many years but the figcuttings site was a terrific find since i've always wanted to try more varieties.  

Can anyone tell me if there's a summary of the various offerings on figcuttings.com?  For example, if there are differences in taste, sweetness, etc.  I'm in 6a zone (plan on moving to 7a in next year or two) but plan to grow in containers.  

Can all of them be grown in containers (over wintered indoors) and still produce fruit in those zones?

Thanks for any information you can offer!  I appreciate it.

Frank

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Welcome to the group Frank.
Quick, order a Galicia Negra, Ponte Tresa and Black Madeira now....then worry about what else is what else!

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And a Martinenca Rimada...and a De La Reina....and the Col de Damas...and....
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James, I was wondering, how different is the air inside your structure compared to the outside? Will we need to adjust the figs to the dry air and sun?

It's really humid in my tunnels.  The summers outside are usually really muggy, but nothing compared to inside the tunnels.

I was planning on setting up dozens of 5' diameter hard plastic wading pools outside and setting sufficiently old/strong figs in them, so those trees would already be acclimated at shipping time.  But the youngest of the trees would still be in the greenhouses at that time.  I hadn't scheduled in any acclimation time for them, just the time it would take them to grow to size in their sheltered environment.  That was something I had overlooked, thanks for bringing it up.  Let me think on it a while.

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Can anyone tell me if there's a summary of the various offerings on figcuttings.com?  For example, if there are differences in taste, sweetness, etc.  I'm in 6a zone (plan on moving to 7a in next year or two) but plan to grow in containers.  

Can all of them be grown in containers (over wintered indoors) and still produce fruit in those zones?

Hi Kirby,

I don't have a catalog of variety summaries, but the archives of this forum are great for that.  Just use the "Search" feature, type in the variety name, and select the 'topics only' option, and you should find lots of quality results. 

Jon/pitangadiego, the owner of this forum, has a great database that he's put together here: http://figs4fun.com/Varieties.html (he also sells trees--you can email him to let him know what you're looking for and see what he has in stock)

Most varieties can be coaxed into fruiting well in your zone if grown in pots and given sufficient heat/light/water/nutrients, but the late-season ones will be more challenging if you don't have a good way of waking them up early.  There are tons of folks here that would know more about that than me (I get to cheat with greenhouses), and there are a lot of good conversations about it in the archives.

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James,
Will the figs that you'll ship next March be dormant or will they be actively growing.

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It's really humid in my tunnels.  The summers outside are usually really muggy, but nothing compared to inside the tunnels.

I was planning on setting up dozens of 5' diameter hard plastic wading pools outside and setting sufficiently old/strong figs in them, so those trees would already be acclimated at shipping time.  But the youngest of the trees would still be in the greenhouses at that time.  I hadn't scheduled in any acclimation time for them, just the time it would take them to grow to size in their sheltered environment.  That was something I had overlooked, thanks for bringing it up.  Let me think on it a while.


Thank you for responding!
For the CA folks, when they get the dormant trees, I hope this won't be a problem.

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It's really humid in my tunnels.  The summers outside are usually really muggy, but nothing compared to inside the tunnels.

I was planning on setting up dozens of 5' diameter hard plastic wading pools outside and setting sufficiently old/strong figs in them, so those trees would already be acclimated at shipping time.  But the youngest of the trees would still be in the greenhouses at that time.  I hadn't scheduled in any acclimation time for them


You need a train and maybe those vinyl strip doors on your tunnels for the summer.  You put the pots due to be shipped in a week on the train and it travels through a greenhouse, out into the sun and back in to another green house.  You've got switchable track so there's a path with only 2 min of sun every 3 hours but you can switch it to longer paths in the sun as needed plus adjust the speed of the train. Then you have auto acclimatization because you don't have time to move pots.  By 2023 you'll need to buy out BNSF.

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Thanks everyone for your comments and getting me started.  GreenFin, I'll definitely get started searching for a good variety and I appreciate the information you provided.

Frank

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You need a train and maybe those vinyl strip doors on your tunnels for the summer.  ... it travels through a greenhouse, out into the sun and back in to another green house.  You've got switchable track so there's a path with only 2 min of sun every 3 hours but you can switch it to longer paths in the sun as needed plus adjust the speed of the train.


  Somebody definitely has way too much time on their hands to sit and ponder such things...          LOL!!! 

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Unbelievable.  I wish I could get mine to grow as fast!  They're really beautiful, you are doing a great job.
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Both Costco and Walmart are loaning money to farmers. My brother-in-law is in the wholesale produce business and confirms it.

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You need a train and maybe those vinyl strip doors on your tunnels for the summer.  You put the pots due to be shipped in a week on the train and it travels through a greenhouse, out into the sun and back in to another green house.  You've got switchable track so there's a path with only 2 min of sun every 3 hours but you can switch it to longer paths in the sun as needed plus adjust the speed of the train. Then you have auto acclimatization because you don't have time to move pots.  By 2023 you'll need to buy out BNSF.

Oh my gosh, Bob, that's hilarious :) 

And genius!

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Will the figs that you'll ship next March be dormant or will they be actively growing.

Hi Ray,

I'm intending for most of them to be actively growing, but I'm considering shipping dormant trees to folks in states like California that require bareroot shipping.  Your profile shows you as being in South Carolina, so yours should be in potting mix and actively growing.

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Well I put in an order for next March as well... kinda like being in a "fig of the year club" I have some coming this July and then some more next March. I ordered early because I was concerned some of theing varieties I wanted like ponte tresa would sell out. With the affordable prices this was a great opportunity and I figure just a great way to build a collection in the future without going broke buying on ebay. Thanks again and I look forward to building up my collection of varieties!!!
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Don't know how you do it, but at these prices and despite running out of space, I could not resist ordering a Martinenca Rimada, Ponte Tresa and Galicia Negra. This should complete my collection for now, unless...
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Welcome to the group Frank.
Quick, order a Galicia Negra, Ponte Tresa and Black Madeira now....then worry about what else is what else!

Yes any other votes for "must haves" for our amazing Fig collections? I love hearing the experienced members list of candidates for best Fig! So many Figs, so little space! Jodi

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Jodi, The fact that some varieties are rare or new does not mean that they are the best. They are just hard to get. By the way your Brown Turkey is showing some green!
Of all my humble collection I still have to find a bad tasting fig. If you are a collector, it's a different story, you could never have enough varieties, but when you run out of space or can no longer take care of them then the culling will begin. Some figs are on top of the scale when it comes to taste but unproductive in pots while some others are very productive with very little flavor punch. Some varieties such as Martinenca Rimada perhaps would make a great piece of conversation if they make it in your yard.
Some varieties are hard to get results out of and I'm not sure why.For example my Panache did not produce a single fig in three years despite taking care of it. Perhaps it needs more time.

After growing figs mainly in pots for the past three or four years, I'm finding out that output  = input. The ones that I care for more than others deliver better quality fruit than the ones I neglect due to lack of time or energy, over/under-watering, root overheating etc... The neglected ones will produce a lot of leaves.
From one year to the next I keep discovering a top tasting fig that I didn't know about in my own yard:)



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Very cool Sas. It is such a journey! So much variation from one stick to the next even from the same tree! I can't wait till I have the chance to compare a few in my yard, hopefully this year. I am afraid that by the time I really know my Figs I will be a very old woman! And I am glad Daisys twig is growing for you. I saw her tree just yesterday and I can not believe how it is growing and all the huge Brebas on it! Cheers, Jodi Not sure why it is sideways;-)IMG_2633.JPG
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good evening, im looking for martinenca rimada fig cutting, do you have it?
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Sas, i agree...never enough!
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I started work on expanding my in-ground outdoor fig orchard this week, I think the tilled area will provide around 12,000 square feet for additional figs.  I'll cover it in landscape fabric, bury it in thick wood mulch, and add some irrigation, hopefully all in the next couple of weeks.

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The trees for the propagation project continue to grow, and I'll be busy unpacking them over the next week.  I just bought 30 more 5' diameter hard plastic wading pools; I'll set many of them outdoors to hold up-potted figs now that our last frost is probably past, and the rest will go in another tunnel greenhouse to hold the youngest trees.  After all the older trees have been moved out of the floating wading pools pictured below, I'll probably reload the floating pools with another generation, too.

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BTW, I picked and ate my first bananas of the season over the past couple of days :)  The variety is possibly/probably Manzano.  The finger I tried yesterday was good but still slightly chalky; the one I ate today was nicely ripe and very good, maybe the best flavored banana I've ever eaten. 

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Alan & Meg,I have more pots than I could handle. It all happened during the early stages of my fig craze as I was collecting varieties for my own research. Had I known what is involved, I would've taken it easy. The list of top figs kept growing and growing, until I became convinced that I almost had everything I need including the ones promised over here. Then I realized I had to get a couple more...
You should see my porch, it is standing room only. My initial aim was to have enough for my fig forest, but with delays and setbacks it is still a dream.
I planted 22 fig trees last spring at my wildlife property. They made it through the whole summer without irrigation only to die off during the fall. Some were obviously damaged by deer and other critters. That was a loss of almost 22 different varieties for me. I'm still hoping for some to come back. In the end no one needs so many trees unless you're going commercial or doing it for wildlife.
I agree that they are much easier to care for in the ground and that was my plan all along. Then I realized that there are all kinds of wonderful fruit other than fig trees such as jujubes, persimmons, pomegranate etc..and must have room for those ones too.
I keep saying that I have enough, then a variety such as Galicia Negra or a Martinenca Rimada becomes available and you know the rest.
Despite making new discoveries and still waiting for many varieties to fruit, I almost know which names I would want to keep. They'd have to be exotic and rare. Especially after I taste the fruit. The main reason for wanting to keep those ones and not the common varieties is not because they are necessarily better, but because of the fear of not being able to easily replace them. Ideally I wish to keep 10 to 12 varieties at most which is more than enough to satisfy my taste buds, but as long as I have room, I will keep them all.

James what spacing are you going to use for your in ground orchard?

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I'm working on an update, I'll post it in a few minutes.

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James what spacing are you going to use for your in ground orchard?

Sorry I didn't see your question until now, I'm going with 8' spacing within each row and 7' between rows, staggered like this:

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Sorry about the lack of updates lately, this is a really hectic time of year for me on the fish farming side of things.  I raise blue tilapia that I deliver all over the state (in the morning or at night, so I can be home during peak heat to care for the figs); here's a video of me netting some out for a client who lives about 2 miles from me:



The new news on the fig front is that I got one of these 14' x 50' shade houses for the figs: https://www.growerssupply.com/farm/supplies/prod1;gs_shade_houses_shade_cloth-gs_sunblocker_pro_shadehouse;b43dbae4_10355950.html

I'm hoping to have the shade house up and filled with figs in about a week when I get a bit of a break on the fish front. 

Here are some pics of the figs:

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Here's an example of what the ones in the floating pools look like when you pull them out (definitely time for larger pots and more space):

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When I took some soft green cuttings and put them in the cloner, I got roots, but they were much smaller and weaker than the roots I got from hard green or lignified cuttings.  Here's a pic of a soft green cutting with some lignified cuttings to show what I mean:

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The soft green cutting produced lots of really thin roots that never grew past an inch long.  Eventually it withered and died.  I tried the same thing with 3 soft green cuttings, and got the same result with all 3.  I think that if I had added some nutrients and better light the soft green cuttings might have eventually flourished, but I don't know, and I don't want to take risks with your root systems. 

So to try and ensure that everyone gets trees with good strong root systems, I've decided to air-layer the mother trees rather than trim and root green cuttings from them.  That way the established roots of the mother trees can help power good root growth for the new trees-to-be.

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what a wonderful post   wow   i am impressed   beautiful job.
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green fin    thanks for the spacing posting    just what I was looking for.
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It's so cool to go back to some of James early January pics as see how his fig dream has come to be reality. Great job James.
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Alan & Meg,I have more pots than I could handle. It all happened during the early stages of my fig craze as I was collecting varieties for my own research. Had I known what is involved, I would've taken it easy. The list of top figs kept growing and growing, until I became convinced that I almost had everything I need including the ones promised over here. Then I realized I had to get a couple more... You should see my porch, it is standing room only. My initial aim was to have enough for my fig forest, but with delays and setbacks it is still a dream. I planted 22 fig trees last spring at my wildlife property. They made it through the whole summer without irrigation only to die off during the fall. Some were obviously damaged by deer and other critters. That was a loss of almost 22 different varieties for me. I'm still hoping for some to come back. In the end no one needs so many trees unless you're going commercial or doing it for wildlife. I agree that they are much easier to care for in the ground and that was my plan all along. Then I realized that there are all kinds of wonderful fruit other than fig trees such as jujubes, persimmons, pomegranate etc..and must have room for those ones too. I keep saying that I have enough, then a variety such as Galicia Negra or a Martinenca Rimada becomes available and you know the rest. Despite making new discoveries and still waiting for many varieties to fruit, I almost know which names I would want to keep. They'd have to be exotic and rare. Especially after I taste the fruit. The main reason for wanting to keep those ones and not the common varieties is not because they are necessarily better, but because of the fear of not being able to easily replace them. Ideally I wish to keep 10 to 12 varieties at most which is more than enough to satisfy my taste buds, but as long as I have room, I will keep them all. James what spacing are you going to use for your in ground orchard?



Sas, I like the description of your porch...lol  I get it!  sorry to hear about your 22 lost fig trees...ouch!  And, you mentioned your "wildlife property" so of course, I need to ask you...what do you mean by that? 

I always enjoy knowing about everybody's farm/property with many fruit trees like your fig forest and to see here how James(Greenfin) does so much on his farm...by the way, do post a picture of your porch :-J     

Ps:  I think I have that same "illness" because I always want to try other fruit trees and am constantly researching.  And, have you ever tasted the Sugar Apple? It's one of those exotic fruits and I'm dying to have one so I'm just curious.


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Hi, James: You do an amazing job!!!  How do you ever have so much energy?  Do have help on your farm?  Your banana trees look really great!  I have some banana trees growing now but I think I need to really work on the soil so they will fruit next year.  The Tilapia do look beautiful.  Thanks for all of the updates and photos and congratulations on your new SunBlocker Pro Shade!  Love it!
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Jolly Tiger
Lamperia Preta
Herschtetten
St. Jean
Black Ischia

"The best way to show my gratitude is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy." ~ Mother Teresa  
"Do not pass by a man in need for you may be the hand of God to him." ~Proverbs 3:27~  
"He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted." ~Job 5:4

 

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Woe is me.  I think that I have failed with all of the cuttings that I bought in Dec.  It looks like they tried to root and then just quit.  Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry???  I am aggravated with myself.  I thought that I was doing everything right.  I guess that I "loved on them too much".  

Is it too late to find more cuttings?  Any ideas or help will  be appreciated.

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I'd estimate that the success rate on rooting has been around 90-95% for this project.  On a smaller scale in the past it's probably been 80% (often due to getting leaves and no roots), but this year I used Clonex and kept the mix less moist, and that seemed to help.

I've only lost 2 that I know of after the move to the greenhouse (so less than 1%); those two wilted and went kaput a few days in, not sure why. 

For me, the initial rooting is where almost all of my losses always occur.  Most often, it's because they either never root/leaf or because they do root/leaf but I don't move them out of the humidity bins fast enough and they mold to death.  The greenhouses seem to be safe zones: if the plants can survive long enough to make it there (even if their leaves are half molded by then), they're generally in the clear




I am sorry if this red text is too rude.  I am just feeling sorta panicity   I have had no success with the cuttings that I purchases.  I would love to find someone who can get at least one to me.  I sent money for cuttings of the Godfather tree but have not heard anything.   I had so wanted to get started this year. Thank you in advance
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Sooo looking forward to Spring 2017...it will give me just enough time to prepare for all the wonderful cuttings I ordered from you. Thanks again!

Grace Martin
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Am I the only one wondering how you are going to consume all the delicious figs from your forest at harvest time? Do you need help?
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Never seems to be an issue of what to do with them, more of an issue getting some for yourself. 
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It's always nice to see how our "fig-babies" are doing!  Can't wait to get them in about a month!  I'm putting together a 2017 order, too.  Those bananas are just too cool, though.
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Great work James, always look forward to your update. You get amazing growth in your hoophouses, i think 95% of us are jealous. Great job!
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Please use the following thread if your growing my "unknown Sheepshead" to track your progress.
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/saved-brooklyn-tree-unknown-sheepshead-community-growlog-7808733?pid=1290171384
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