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The first fruits of the White Adriatic fig tree have now been eaten. The whole two of them! It was worth the wait :-) The fruit sat there and looked at us for some weeks then started to soften and after about 3 days of getting progressively softer, it swelled up to almost twice the size it had been. There's little room for error with these fruits. The one in the photo was sitting pretty in the tree the day before and overnight must have reached its ultimate ripeness and dropped off. Part of the skin was torn unless someone else had a gnaw before we did. Need I say it was totally scrumptious?

The Fig is living in a 300L wicking bin. This is a small yard and the first Fig I grew here - a Black Genoa - fruited magnificently and grew like it was going to take over the planet. Then we spied the roots heading at a rate of knots for the house slab. The plant’s days were numbered from then and although I took cuttings and had one growing much further away from the house, eventually that came out to make way for the above-ground beds.

At the moment, there are some tiny fruits emerging and it remains to be seen if they will form a second or a late crop or just drop off since the plant will be going into dormancy soon.

The Pumpkins ... there’s some kind of white thingy helping itself to the Pumpkin skin. In times past I have found these things on my stored Pumpkins. But not every time ... and never on commercial Pumpkins. It take it’s some kind of insect, the id of which I will find when I go looking. It’s not so much “what is it?” but rather “why is it there?” and “how did it get in?”. I didn’t wash the skins of the Pumpkins before I stored them although I did let them dry off before I stored them near the back door on the floor and in a wire crate. Airflow, coolth ... Subsequently, I squashed all the interlopers and washed the skins first in cold water with detergent then rinsed in cold water with vinegar. Allowed them to dry and re-loaded them into a cleaned crate.

Do other members find these kinds of critters on their stored Pumpkins? And does anyone know if the commercial ones are sprayed with something toxic to deter or kill these white thingies?

And just so you all will know what a Triffyd looks like ... here is the Aibika at its best after all that rain.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 10, 2012 at 19:33

An above-ground bed. The plant has now been disbursed among several members of Caboolture Seed Savers.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 2, 2012 at 19:55

Really, I just love fresh Figs! Yes, they are different as you would expect. The Brown Turkey growing in the next-door place at an earlier time was excellent too. The best Figs are the ones you grow and eat straight off the tree ;-)

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 2, 2012 at 16:52

It's been an eye-opener to read about others success with what I assume are cool-climate plants. Raspberries, Strawberries (selected varieties) do well, even Blueberries (one day mine will bear!) ... yet other fruits like Apples are almost impossible to get a good crop from.

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