Tuesday, July 26, 2016

More Fig Tasting! Olympian, Gene's Vashon, LSU O'Rourke, & Desert King

July is a great time of year for fig lovers! This is when the beginning of fig ripening season begins and it could go well into October depending on your varieties.


Yesterday was a treat. I got to taste 4 different varieties. Olympian, Gene's Vashon, LSU O'rourke, and Desert King



Olympian:
This fig came off of a 3ft tree and was recently placed in ground. It wasn't as juicy as I like but the flavor may improve with age. Overall it's a very productive tree for it's size with such gorgeous looking fruit.





Gene's Vashon:
The Vashon Violet was the best tasting out of this bunch that I had today. The tree is much more mature and has been in ground for about a decade. It was moist and juicy and the flavors were amazing. Very silky and rich. Melony tones.











LSU O'Rourke:
Unfortunately, this fig was knocked off too early by my young gardener helper and didn't get a chance to fully develop it's flavor. What I did taste has great promise though. A nice bit of acid and berry tones. You can taste the greenness of it still though. I love the color of and ribbing on this fig. Until next year young fig.









Desert King:
One of my favorites here in the Northwest. Never fails to impress me how good it is. Very refreshing and flavorful. And filling too. One 90gram fig can satisfy your hunger.


Desert King: Breba
Taste: 9.5
Size: 10
Productivity: 10
Total = 29.5

Genes Vashon: Breba
Taste: 8.7
Size: 5
Productivity: 7
Total = 21.7

Olympian: Breba
Taste: 6.5
Size: 4
Productivity: 5
Total =15.5

LSU O'Rourke Breba
Taste: 4.5 (not fully ripened)
Size: 2.7
Productivity: 1
Total = 8.2



Monday, July 25, 2016

Review of Target's Self Watering Pot

Target's self watering pot.


So I'm kinda diggin these Misco Self Watering Pots from Target. I don't know about their durability through the years yet but I do know that they are a cheap and better looking alternative to the 5 gallon DIY self water pots.

 I really like the 15" containers that sell for only $9.99. In my mind that's pretty comparable price to a DIY solution but it looks so much better. I also love the fact that I can get a lighter color that helps with overheating problems from the summer.

Dimensions: 12.500 H x 15.000 W x 15.000 D

Let's compare shall we?

DIY 5 Gallon Misco 15" SW
Buckets x2 $7 $9.99
PVC $2
Mesh Basket $1
Labor $$$ $0
Total $10 $9.99 

The DIY version isn't so cheap anymore when you break it down to it's individual costs.

The results:
The figs plants that are in these pots have put on some explosive growth in the last 3 months. Some have grown about 3 feet and the trunk sizes on some of them have increased noticeably.

What I like about them is that they are easy to fill from the open gap and I can easily add a pinch of water soluble fertilizer every week to the reservoir. Which makes feeding a cinch.








Lattarula Fig Breba Tasting 2016

Lattarula Breba Tasting 7/24/2016

AKA - Marseilles = Oregon Prolific, White Naples, Figue Blanche, Lemon, Marseilles, Lattarula, Oregon Prolific, Italian Honey, White Marseilles

A couple of weeks after eating a ripe Oregon Prolific, my Lattarula Breba is now also ripe. And there wasn't much doubt but yes it is the same as Oregon Prolific. The taste profile is exactly the same and they even ripen around the same time. I do think that the main crop on Lattarula is much better tasting than the Breba. The sugars are much more concentrated and the flavor is more intense than the breba. More on that here.

Lattarula: Breba
Taste: 5
Size: 3
Productivity: 2 (But still too young to tell)
Total = 10



Oregon Prolific Left and Lattarula Right

The breba weighs 30gram

Lattarula Breba

Oregon Prolific Breba

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Desert King Breba Fig Tasting 2016

The end of July in Seattle means its time for the King of Figs to share it's bounty with us. I LOVE The Desert King fig! It's large size juicy sweet berry tones and immense productivity makes it a must have for growers in this zone.

I like to pick my Dessert kings when they are super soft and juicy. They get to the point where you can just slurp them down.


One taste and you're hooked. 


I do have to say that I've seen DK from growers in hot climates like Arizona and the fruit just doesn't look as appealing or large as they do here in Seattle.


One ripe fig can fill you up quick.






Watch the Video

Friday, July 22, 2016

The boom of growth in July and How I fertilize my fig plants

July is prime time for plants to fruit and put on some serious growth in Seattle. Such is the case with my figs. They have literally taken over my entire patio. You're looking at about 200+ plants.


Because of my busy schedule with work and photography. I've had to hire my nephew for the summer to help take care of off them. 2hrs to water all these guys can be pretty daunting. During this time of year I also fertilize on a regular basis to keep the plants well fed while they are using all this energy to grow.




My Soil Mixture:
1. Since I ammend all of my soil, Any potting soil that is on sale will do. 65%
2. HP Promix (the good stuff) 20%
3. Perlite 13%
4. Lime Granules - Eyeball
5. Osmocote Slow release fertilizer - capful for every few gallons
6. Few handfuls of Epsom Salt
7. Some handfuls of bark to stimulate the Mycorrhizae


My Fertilization Schedule:

From March until Sept:
1. In March I will add compost and worm castings to top the soil. This helps reconstitute some of the used up nutrients from the previous yr.
2. I always make sure there's osmocote slow release fertilizer in the pots
3. Every 2-3 weeks I hit them with the water soluble Miracle grow solution.
4. I always spot heck certain plants visually to see if there's yellowing which means they need a little more attention
5. July I'll hit them again with compost and worm castings to prep them for the heat of july and August

(I've tried fish emulsion fertilizer but that stuff stinks and it attracts the flies.)

In September I'll stop fertilizing so the plant can lignify the green wood. A dosing of Silica blast helps the plant to strengthen it's cell walls, this will prepare for the winter.

This is about 4 months of growth on my Ronde De Bordeaux and we still have 2 more months of growing season to go.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Petite Negra Fig - Tasting the brebas 2016

Petite Negra Fig Tasting.

Petite Negra is such a productive fig. For my 3ft tree it's pretty loaded with fruit. The taste is not as sweet as a VDB and has tad bit more acidity to it. It's a good tasting fig but not the best tasting one I've had. It has raspberry notes and a jammy consistency.

Nice keeper in terms of productivity, but VDB edges out this one by a small margin.

Petite Negra: Breba
Taste: 6.8
Size: 3
Productivity: 8
Total = 16.8

 













Can you root Green Fig Cuttings? Last Update - 7 weeks Later

Green Fig Cutting update: Final update.

So the green cutting did not make it. It rotted. I was very careful about the amount of moisture I added to the mix so it wasn't from excessive moisture. At the end of this experiment, I can say that the chances of rooting a green cutting are very slim.

Unless you have a very rare variety I wouldn't bother wasting resources in trying to root them.

However, I'm sure with perfect conditions , it may be possible. However, I have yet to discover the perfect recipe. I think that if the there was a bit of lignified woodnear the bottom, it would make it possible to root a semi green cutting.  I have been able to root cuttings with a green top and brown bottom.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Upcoming Fig Tasting Videos 2016

I'm hopeful that a good majority of my figs will ripen this year. Stay tuned because these are the Fig tasting videos that I hope to produce this year in 2016.



I'll add more to the list as they begin to ripen.

1. Black Madeira
2. Texas Everbearing
3. Longue d'aout
4. English Brown Turkey
5. Gene's Vashon
6. Olympian
7. Takoma Violet
8. Red Lebanese
9. Petite Negra
10. Ronde De Bordeaux
11. Violet De Bordeaux Main Crop
12. Peter's Honey
13. Kadota
14. Desert King
15. Gillette
16. Dan's Favorite
17. Chicago Hardy
18. Cordi Stella
19. Smith
20. Sucrette
21. Lattarula
22. Leon's Green
23. Grantham's Royal
24. Atreano
25. Malta Purple
26. Black Bethlehem
27. Alma
28. JH Adriatic
29. Violette Sollies
30. Dark Portuguese
31. King
32. Sicily
33. LSU O Rourke

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Donut Peaches, Beans, Cucumbers and Sungold Tomatoes

WOW! These white donut peaches are the best tasting peaches I've ever tasted!!! Time to plant a row of them!

Oh yeah, the beans and other veggies are cool too. But wow these donut peaches are down right amazing.

I've been growing it in a 30 gallon pot and it's been doing good but not great. It's affected by leaf curl in the spring and by the time mid July rolls around the disease seems to go away.  I did treat it with copper last winter but only once.

This year it rewarded me with only 3 peaches, but boy were they good!!!!! Sweat like honey and they melt in your mouth. I'm still dreaming about it. And I can't wait until next year.

I like to start my trees off in pots until they have proven to be good fruit that will handle our winters. This tree has proven to be a true winner and I have marked a new home in the ground for it.

This should improve it's production and vigor for next year!