Thursday, 2 January 2014

We are now fig growers.

 It was terribly exciting to notice our first ever fig had changed colour. Being novice fig growers and NOT wanting to share the very first fig with the birds  we checked google (how did we ever live without google?) and it looked the right colour to pick.

The family gathered around for the first cut, and the precious fig was shared into quarters.
A bit of an anticlimax as not quite ripe.


We are now fig growers and more experienced fig growers so these next two figs I'm sure will be tastier.


Congratulations to SUSAN

 Abbey wrote all the names down for me and gave each of you a number (she is a very organised gal) Then found an online random number generator and No 5 came out - SUSAN.

It seems rather odd but Susan won the seeds, the drawing before that Judy won the bike pump and also won the basket. How funny is that. It seems if you enter a competition at Cottage Tails and win - you are highly likely to win the next competition too.

I hope you like the book. To me we can all learn so much from being in tune with the moon and suns daily movement as well as the cycles of nature/seasons. It is one way I enjoy connecting to the earth,.


19 comments:

  1. they figs need to be purple/brown. one of my most favorite things to eat is a freshly picked fig warmed by the sun. i keep planting them but it is hard to get them through the winter here.

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    1. Do you know the fine line when to pick before the birds get them? I love birds but been ticked off with them they got the cherry crop - I looked out window and said to Brent time to pick tomorrow. The birds bet us. The plums they got too. It's as if we have to pick just before ripe if we want any. I don;t mind sharing but they eat them all within a blink. Brent says it's all my fault as I encourage birds here...
      Sure looking forward to the next figs and Brent said we should plant another WHOOP WHOOP. My research said Brown fig turkey figs do best at our place.

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  2. Oh I envy you the figs. I have one tree but like jaz getting it through the winter without the top growth freezing is a job. All that wrapping and stuffing straw around the trunk and branches. Just too cold this far north for it to make it otherwise.

    It's not very old so I don't get too many figs--usually around 16 or 18----you know it can't be too many if I can count them on just my fingers and toes. Not enough to do much with other than eat them out of hand.

    Victoria
    Indiana USA

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    1. We don;t get snow and I asked a local man what type to buy - he sells his figs from the roadside and they are yummy!

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  3. Figs off your own tree are a true delight, I remember one friend had a HUGE tree at Lake Tarawera, and each Christmas it was loaded with fruit, from memory they do need to be quite dark when ripe, but not squashy!!! Enjoy the others, the tree should do so well with your warmer days. Cheers, Jean.

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    1. thats what tricked us the fig was squashy

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  4. Oh yes, figs sweet, soft and warm from the sun - you cant beat it!!

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    1. SOOOO looking forward to the next ones to be ready.

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  5. How wonderful - as I just won the seeds from you then I must be the Susan who has won that fantastic looking book. Thank you.

    We had a lovely fig tree when we were in the Far North - unfortunately the birds had the majority of the figs - they seemed to pounce just prior to us picking them.

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    1. Congratulations Susan! I'm so happy for you! Feel free to share it with your Whangareian-blogging friends... ahem ahem!

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  6. I think we had 60 brown figs this year! They are the best! Enjoy your harvest! Happy New Year, Leanne! xo

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    1. Happy New Year to you too! My Lemon Verbena is in full flower and looks stunning. OOh 60 brown figs I'd be wanting to eat every single one of them.

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    2. Lemon verbena is such a special plant. I'm glad yours is in bloom! I'm tasting that next brown fig! Lucky you! xo

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  7. You fig grower you!! I don't think I've ever eaten one....must remedy that!!

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    1. SMIle next time I have to write a CV I'll put in fig grower giggle. Now you go looking for a fig to eat in summer.

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  8. Mmmmm...yum, figs! Congrats on your FIRST fig..may you continue to grow and develop as a fig grower! (pun intended!)

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    1. the very first time is always thrilling

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  9. Wonderful! You will have years of tasty treats ahead of you!

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    1. It's gonna get harder and harder to ever sell this place as in a few years time all teh fruit trees we have planted are going to be really producing. I have a baby persimmon growing too which I look at every single day to watch the progress.

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