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Fig Recipes / Greek Old Time Fig Pie Recipe
« on: October 04, 2018, 09:06:39 AM »
This unique recipe is called sykopita in Greek and it is a traditional dish of Ithaca. It must be a very old dish, about 120 years old. It is very healthy because it doesn't contain butter nor eggs not even olive oil. Its preparation is easy and quick.

- about 1 kilo of figs
- ½ cup of chopped walnuts
- ½ cup of slightly browned sesame
 - 1 cup of sugar
 - 1 spoonful of honey
 - 2 or 3 spoonfuls of brandy
 - some cinnamon
 - chopped carnation
 - sugar flour
 - some drops of seed oil

Chop the figs into very small pieces, or smash them if you have a mincemeat machine. Put them into a bowl with all the other ingredients, except for the seed oil and the sugar flour. Leaven them well until all the ingredients become a melt. Pour some seed oil onto the kitchen stand and put the melt on it. Leaven them into a cylindrical shape. Powder the melt with a lot of sugar flour and cut it into grommets. The fig pie is conserved out of refrigerator. If you want to, you can wrap the grommets with cellophane and have them ready for treat.

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News Alert / Plant Viruses
« on: September 22, 2018, 09:07:26 PM »
To all,

I would like to add that there are plant viruses, and also funguses that can also be a problem that you can unwittingly be bringing to your valuable trees and plants.  Learning to spot plant disease is just about an art form.  I have seen people posting pictures of their fig trees which appear to be highly infected with FMV... but likely more!

All the best,

Ms. Figgy

News Alert / Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Problem
« on: September 20, 2018, 11:17:23 PM »
To All,

A species of stink bug which resembles normal stink bugs but is recognizable by the white lines on its antennae is invading the USA and can wipe out fruit crops.  Management is important so we hope that you will be on the lookout for these bugs and kill on sight!

It is not advisable to spray with chemicals, but they converge and can be easily killed if you watch for their congregating behaviors.  More can be seen about this problem online...

Please be advised!

All the best,

Ms. Figgy

News Alert / Erythritol for Spotted Wing Drosophila Management
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:20:03 AM »
To All,

After reading some current stats on Spotted Wing Drosophila, here are some emerging facts:

1.) Up to 70% of grocery store fruit is infected.
2.) This fruit fly can survive freezing for 3 weeks and still emerge and grow out.
3.) This fruit fly has a life cycle that involves 1/6 of it's time in the GROUND... not just in the fruit!
4.) This fruit fly problem can destroy fruit crops and grows rapidly from hundreds of fruit flies to thousands of fruit flies in one season!
5.) Should you see this fruit fly (make a trap to check …. homemade traps are shown on YOUTUBE)…. begin spraying with 1/2 pound of Erythritol to a gallon of water (this causes the fruit flies to be sterile).... and spray the entire tree, under the leaves, and trunk or other fruit bearing plants and the ground under them..... every 7 days as a plan, and also pick all fruit green or otherwise, and store in ziplock bags in the fridge if you plan to still eat or process this fruit.
THIS IS AN EPIDEMIC GOING LARGELY UNTOLD!  Be aware in case you buy plants from people in other areas, that this fruit fly will infect and cause endless damage to fruit!  Be prepared and be concerned folks!
All the best,

Ms. Figgy

Lets Talk Figs / Transplanting Advice
« on: September 15, 2018, 11:18:01 PM »
To All,

No matter what methods I have used, this year in addition to carefully watering new trees, I have rigged cover for the trees I plant in the ground for the first few weeks.  If small, a red plastic pot, if a bit bigger, a 5 gallon bucket, and if large, I rigged side support for a tote to cover the tree over the top!  But after doing this protection from the sun, I have seen the trees doing great after transplanting with no shock or leaf loss!  If I removed the covers and they look droopy, back over them they go again for a bit longer!

All the best,

Ms. Figgy

« on: September 07, 2018, 06:51:18 PM »
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September 6, 2018



Subject:    APHIS Provides an Update on Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula (White)) Activities


To:           State and Territory Agricultural Regulatory Officials


The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) provides this update of spotted lanternfly (SLF) activities in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, and Delaware. SLF feeds on more than 70 types of plants, including crops such as grapes, apples, hops, walnuts, and other hardwood trees. SLF suck sap from stems and leaves, damaging plants as they feed. APHIS and state cooperators continue to work together to assess the affected areas and implement a program response to detect, contain, and suppress SLF populations in order to reduce the pest’s spread.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) first detected SLF in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in September 2014. Since 2014, SLF has spread to approximately 3,000 square miles in southeast Pennsylvania, including known populations in Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill counties. In 2018, USDA provided emergency funding to support SLF response activities in Pennsylvania. APHIS and PDA are deploying an area-wide pest management strategy that includes surveillance, treatment and control, and outreach activities to reduce the pest population and spread.

In February 2018, APHIS confirmed a localized SLF infestation in Frederick County, Virginia. In summer 2018, APHIS confirmed SLF in Warren, Mercer, and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey, as well as in New Castle County, Delaware. APHIS is working with the departments of agriculture in Virginia, New Jersey, and Delaware to contain the infestations and treat the affected areas. In addition, APHIS confirmed isolated incidents of single SLF detections in New York and Maryland due to SLF traveling on non-agricultural material from infested areas.

APHIS and state partners are conducting SLF detection surveys in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to monitor pest populations and detect new outbreaks outside known infested areas. A coordinated federal and state response, with industry and public support, is necessary to protect crops, forests, and residential landscapes from this pest. By attacking the pest on all fronts, we are maximizing the effectiveness of both locally applied and area-wide activities.


For additional information about the SLF program, you may contact National Policy Manager John Crowe at 301-851-2108.




Osama El-Lissy

Deputy Administrator

Plant Protection and Quarantine

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Lets Talk Figs / Cinnamon for fungus gnats
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:36:40 PM »
To All,

So I was coating the base of all my cuttings with cinnamon to help repel fungus gnats, and had a mishap and spilled some extra cinnamon on the surface of one starter cup, and then started thinking, "what the heck"... and just decided to dust all of the cups with cinnamon.

Amazingly, I saw NO FUNGUS GNATS at all!  I repeat, NO FUNGUS GNATS!  Either it is a strange coincidence, or I might have "accidentally" figured something out!

All the best,

Ms. Figgy

Lets Talk Figs / Learning how to grow things better is fun
« on: September 03, 2018, 11:31:08 PM »
To All,

Every time I turn around I am learning something new!  I find this especially true when it comes to growing fig trees, but general knowledge of growing things always comes in handy! 

So even though there are hundreds of forum posts available for viewing, nothing takes the place of actually losing and winning with growing figs.  My most recent epiphany was where I "learned through experience" how mulch or hay piled around trees caused them to just suddenly start to pop or jump in growth!  So some rotten hay I put around a Black Madeira that was sitting doing nothing started several new leaf nodes and leaves after piling the rotten hay around the base.... and now I am working to get all the trees not only mulched, but "hayed".....!

Hope this helps my fellow fig lovers~ ;) More posts about accidents and or experiments to follow!

All the best,

Ms. Figgy

Yesterday I had a wonderful surprise delivered to my door! WOW!  Some awesome free fig cuttings and tree had arrived, and it was so touching to be blessed with these famous Louisiana fig varieties!!  The other forums  used to be a great place to find fig friends, and back then all kinds of people were swapping and giving away cuttings, but finally greed seemed to took over!  So, again, I must repeat, THANK YOU!  These cuttings are beautiful and so healthy!!  GOD BLESS YOU!!!!! SOUTHERNFIGSFORUM ROCKS!

All the best to this wonderful forum moderators and members,

Ms. Figgy  ;)

News Alert / Spotted Wing Drosophila
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:01:20 AM »
Watch out for this horrible insect!  We all need to be warned that the average fig hobby farmer will not know about this insect which can totally ruin fruit on trees!

This is an Asian Fruitfly...... nightmare in waiting..... be proactive and beware of plants, fruits and items brought from areas where it is infested~!

To all my fig friends and fellow fig lovers,

Ms. Figgy

News Alert / Spotted Wing Drosophila
« on: August 08, 2018, 10:31:02 PM »
To All,

This is about the spotted wing drosophila.......

All the best,

Ms. Figgy

News Alert / Spotted Lanternfly
« on: August 08, 2018, 10:27:46 PM »
To all,

Please read up on these pests so you can spot them if they appear!

All the best,

Ms. Figgy

History & Stories / Figs in Northern Mississippi
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:35:10 PM »
Scouting out old fig trees can become a real adventure... I have located three possibly unique fig trees here in Northern Mississippi and will document the figs that they produce this year as to possible similarities to figs already known.  So sometime this year I will post more about these three fig trees and their fruit! One variety is known to have been brought by Italian immigrants from way back.  The best way to research this is to go to the land office and look for the oldest deed.  Anyway, like I said, the fun of finding new (old) varieties sometimes makes this an adventure!

Fig trees and cuttings / Fig Cuttings in the fall
« on: July 11, 2018, 10:29:31 PM »
I am sure to have cuttings this fall, and will provide a list!  Just to let people know who are interested.... I need to let the season finish and will post the list later this year!  Figs for all!   :) :)

Let me say, that after witnessing so much drama on fig forums that I am grateful that this forum is being handled to eliminate the bad stuff!  Thanks guys!

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