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    The picture below is the first thing I see when I walk out of my front door. I was talking to him the other day and he was telling me that it makes him happy to see the neighbors walking by stop pick from the tree. He told me that the tree has only been there for a few years and it's parent tree was in the back yard but was destroyed by hurricane Ivan .The parent tree was there when they bought the place 20 years ago and was enormous then. He told me that I was welcome to all the figs I wanted, this put a smile on my face haha. My daughter and I sampled a few figs yesterday and they were so good, sweet and figgy, it made our eyes roll. I also compared the figs to my Marseilles fig that is starting to also turn. My fig was a rescue from last year that I found in the back of a local nursery with other unsightly plants. I was able to pick up the plant for just $5. My Marseilles could have used a few extra days on the tree, it was sweet but lacked the full flavor.
    I was telling my neighbor about my trees and and offered to share a few with him and he said he would gladly plant them in his yard. Score! More planting space for figs. My neighbor plants his fruit along the road side, easily accessible for people walking by. I plan on planting along the road side beside my house in figs to match his yard.
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    Randall - Gulf Breeze, FL. zone 8b. Wish list: Anything that "newnandawg" - Mike, ranks as an 8 out 10 or higher.

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    That's wonderful. I'm trying to establish a hedge of figs near the street for neighbors who walk by. May be a little tricky given the cold winters here with total top kill, snow-plowing and municipal street salting to break up the road ice. But with certain strategies I think I might be able to do it.
    Tony WV 6b
    https://mountainfigs.net/

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    • #3
      Go for it Tony. Randall such a great Idea that I hope will be as prolific its fruit ..... So nice to be able to make this fruit available to the many people that have never had the pleasure of eating a fresh fig. Currently figs at Whole Foods here average $1.00 apiece and they are small tasteless examples of a noble fruit. If I could plant by the road I would too! Great Posts!!!
      Chauqg Zone 6b North of Pittsburgh

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      • #4
        That sounds wonderful. Randall you've seen the large hedge of Elaeagnus at my house in front of the Blueberries. I have considered replacing it with Pineapple Guava's. I don't think the figs would work at my house as they get to large and are decidiuous. The area is roughly 15' by 70 feet. The other consideration is the first 7 feet is city easement. The Pinapple Guavas are evergreen and hedgable.
        Darkman AKA Charles in Pensacola South of I-10 zone 8b/9a

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        • #5
          I would put in an edible hedge any day. Pineapple guava is a great choice!
          Randall - Gulf Breeze, FL. zone 8b. Wish list: Anything that "newnandawg" - Mike, ranks as an 8 out 10 or higher.

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          • #6
            You all very lucky to be able to grow things like tis! I need to move....
            Zone 5 Chicago IL Wish list:
            1) Rest peacfully Amico Bello Buddy 👼🏼.
            2) This weeks ebay auctions.

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            • #7
              All you need to bring is your trees and pizza!
              Randall - Gulf Breeze, FL. zone 8b. Wish list: Anything that "newnandawg" - Mike, ranks as an 8 out 10 or higher.

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              • #8
                I have huge pineapple guava trees in planter box alongside the outside pool cage. I have yet to get a guava as squirrels were eating the flowers. That was before I discovered the Power Bars. I am sure that I will get some next year. They are wonderful shade and privacy and flowers smell great. Flowers also taste good too. Joyce

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