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1FigMama

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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.

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Welcome, Mimi!
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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!
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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.
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welcome to the forum, enjoy :)
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***** 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. ;)
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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

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Welcome !!

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.

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Welcome from the midwest!
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Mini,
Welcome to the F4F forum.  This is a great place to spend time reading.

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Hi Mimi,
 Welcome to the forum!
How far are you from the Pa. line. "Beaver County"?

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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!


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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 
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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

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