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It all started with a tiny Celeste I bought on ebay. I lovingly cared for it for 2 summers and buried it underground for two winters. Finally, in 2011, it produced one (1!) fig ripe fig. Actually, it also produced 3 others--but as Celestes are known to do, it dropped the rest before giving me a shot at them. I split the lone droopy little packet of goodness with DH, and from that moment I was hooked on fresh figs.
Last winter I added a Hardy Chicago to my collection and bought a few ebay cuttings. Luckily most came from well-regarded members of this forum, but I also purchased cuttings from one of the less reputable members (you know who you are!) before I found this website. I also managed to over-fertilize the Celeste, so this year I got lush green vegetation but no fruit. Since joining the forum, I have educated myself through reading old posts and following new topics, but all the information has fueled a burgeoning fig addiction. I bought additional cold-hardy plants and cuttings since joining and I now have 12 varieties in all. Just recently, a few trees were planted in the yard--with protection--after racking up vigorous growth last summer in 5-gal SIPS. Although I initially thought I’d only grow my figs in containers, I’m now working toward getting all of them into the garden when their size is right. One of my most important lessons this year was that hauling trees and containers into (and out of) the garage is not part of my long-term development plan. Cuttings of each of variety are rooting in cups as insurance, along with several new varieties I’ve been lucky to acquire from generous forum members (many thanks!) and a friend at work. With your assistance, my first " serious" season was a successful start toward my goal of having a bountiful crop of fresh figs in season. I’m now eagerly looking forward to the 2013 growing season. __________________ Mimi N.panhandle WV; Zone 6A
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Harvey - Correia Farms
Isleton, CA (Sacramento County) USDA zone 9b, Sunset zone 14 http://www.figaholics.com https://www.facebook.com/Figaholics
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Hi Mini!! How nice of you to tell us about your fig journey! I am sure I speak for the majority here saying we look forward to reading about your figs and of course seeing pictures!
__________________ Jo-Ann DFW TX, Zone 7b-8a Wish List: Black Madeira,, Kathleen's Black, Malta Black, Marseille VS Black, White Paradisio, LSU Scott's Black, Conadria, White Trianna, Marttineca Rimada, Excel, Peter's Honey, Bebera Preta (Abebereira), Strawberry Verte
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Welcome to the forum Mimi.
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Nice historical fig bio. It's a pleasure to meet you Mimi.
Wish List: LaRadek's EBT
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welcome to the forum, enjoy :)
__________________ Pete Durham, NC Zone 7b "don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash." - sir winston churchill "the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." - the baroness thatcher ***** all my figs have FMV/FMD, in case you're wondering. ***** ***** and... i don't sell things. what little i have will be posted here in winter for first come first serve base to be shared. no, i'm not a socialist...*****
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welcome. the fig addiction sneaks up on you after awhile. ;)
__________________ Dave Zone 6b Illinois "Be the change you wish to see in the world"
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Welcome from me too! Wow! I never heard of Pennsylginia! JD prides himself in visiting all the states! When I hit him with that one, I guess we'll be taking a trip ;-))
Nice introduction! Enjoy your new hobby! Suzi __________________ Zone 9b, Southern California. "First year they sleep, Second year they creep, Third year they leap!" Wish List: I wish all of you happy fig collecting! My wishes have been fulfilled!
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Nice intro, really nice part of the world you live in, you can almost walk into 4 states there, PA,WV,VA,MD, if I remember correctly. __________________ Thx, glad to be here Danny K "EL CAZADOR DE HIGO" Waskom Tx Zone 7B/8 Wish list: anything anyone wants me to have. LSU RED. Any LSU fig.
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Welcome from the midwest!
__________________ Zone 6, MO Wish list: Galicia Negra, Martineca Rimada, De La Reina - Pons, Genovese Nero - Rafed's, Fioroni Ruvo, Sbayi, Souadi, Acciano, Any Rimada, Sodus Sicilian, any Bass, Pons or Axier fig, any great tasting fig.
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Welcome to the F4F forum. This is a great place to spend time reading. __________________ Doug :) Zone 7A
Wish list: That all my figs will produce a bumper crop next summer!
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Welcome to the forum! How far are you from the Pa. line. "Beaver County"? __________________ Art- Western Pa. 6a
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Thanks to all who extended such warm greetings. I'm glad to have come out of the shadows!
Suzi: Pennsylginia is what folks from PA call the northern panhandle of WV. It's the part of WV above the Mason-Dixon Line that looks like it should belong in PA. Back in the 60's there was a half-hearted underground movement that wanted to secede from WV and become a separate state entirely. That was when the steel mills in northern WV were the biggest employers in the state and they kept the rest of the state in $$. Now the steel mills are pretty just about gone. We had 2 mills locally that each employed about 14K workers up until the late 70's, but one is in Chapter 7 bankruptcy (dissolution) now and the other is mainly a distribution center rather than the heavy manufacturing site of the past. So sad! Art: I'm south of Weirton, so I'm closer to Washington County. I work in Robinson, and my drive time is only about 30 minutes. Danny K: Yes, I could walk from PA--through Weirton WV--to OH in about 1 1/2 hours. The opposite direction would take 2 hours or more, though, since it's uphill all the way! __________________ Mimi N.panhandle WV; Zone 6A
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Welcome Mimi this forum is awesome and so are the people im glad your a part of it have fun and happy figging
__________________ Anthony Garden city park, Long Island NY 11040 Zone 7b : 5 to 10 (F) (Nassau) FIGS4FUN1@aol.com Im here to help Crazy80z28 on Ebay Wish list... Hmmm more room.
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I like the handle Figmama, that sounds like a serious female fig grower! Welcome!
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Welcome from me too Mimi ! So glad you had a great 1st season with figs . Looking forward to reading about your journey !
:-)'s , Patti __________________ 7a & 9b ►I assume all my figs carry FMV ◄ Seeking : Italian 376,395 , Galicia Negra, Negretta,UNK Pastilliere ,Pananas Purple, Malta Blk+purple/red, Italian + Calabrian UNK's , Catanzaro, Malone, Sucrette(Baud) "We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?"