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  • OT: What else are you growing?

    I know this has been done on the other forums, but I think it's neat to see what everyone else is into besides figs (blasphemy?). So, what else are you growing?

    We've been in our house for about 2.5 years so most is not yet mature, but so far I'm growing:
    - Blueberries - 6 highbush and 3 dwarf
    - PawPaws - 2 seedling trees that haven't fruited yet, starting more seeds and hope to do some grafting.
    - Raspberries - Fall Gold, Heritage Red, and Raspberry Shortcake in pots
    - Blackberries - Prime Ark 45, Chester Thornless, and Triple Crown
    - Shipova (dwarf) and Baby Shipova - planted last spring, might be several years before I see fruit.
    - Pears - Red Anjou, Moonglow, and Summercrisp. A couple branch grafts and more to do this spring.
    - Apple - Liberty and Enterprise, grafting on some new stuff come spring.
    - Plums - Methley and Green Gage, grafting on some new stuff come spring.
    - Peach - Sensation
    - Strawberries - growing in #7 pots and #10 tubs...always have had problems with mice/slugs in the ground, good luck doing it this way so far.
    - Persimmon - Tam Kam coming this spring, starting D. virginiana seeds for grafting in the future.
    - Improved Meyer Lemon that currently is in my window.
    - And of course...figs! - Somewhere around 20-25 varieties plus another 15 or 20 varieties rooting.

    There are lots of ornamental plants too, I mostly plant things that are beneficial to birds, bees, or butterflies (mostly native plants). I also like unusual stuff and conifers.

    I'm filling up my 1/3 acre fast!
    https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
    SE PA
    Zone 6

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    From Miami, FL - Zone 10b

    In ground:
    Starfruit: Lara (The queen of my yard. Within the first year, it doubled in height and gave me a delicious harvest. The fruit quality also seriously improved with time.)
    Surinam Cherry (These are all over Miami - from the lowliest parking lots to gorgeous neighborhoods. When they turn dark red, they're ready. Particularly great when turned into preserves and served with duck. Tastes like a mix between a bing cherry and a red bell pepper.)
    Lychee: Sweetheart and Brewster (Lychees perform better with two trees of different varieties.)
    Pomegranate: Vietnamese Red (A gamble! Let's see if this works. The tree is three years old, is over 6 feet, and has dropped all baby fruit)
    Persimmon: Fuyu (Another gamble. The nursery said this variety does well in 10b, but we'll see.)
    Atemoya: Geffner
    Raspberry: Mysore
    Grapefruit: Red Flame
    Monstera Deliciosa

    In Pots, transitioning to ground:
    Sugar Apple: Thai Lessard
    Mango: Glenn
    Sapodilla: Alano

    In pots, to stay:
    20+ Figs including LSU Scott's Black, Col de Dame Grise, RdB, VdB, Adriatic JH, Smith, and more. (RKN is a problem here so my figs live in containers.)
    Assorted herbs. Thyme, Mint, and Oregano love it here.
    Sun Gold Tomato (I grow this every year. Amazing.)
    Unknown Blackberries
    Last edited by Levar; 02-17-2015, 01:28 PM.

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    • #3
      All that on 1/3 acre!?!?! Good job! I rent a rundown house (that's what students do...) and in the backyard I grow fresh eggs and a variety of vegetables, and inside I have an assortment of houseplants- the two of which I am most excited about are my Plumeria and Maypop! Pic of Maypop attached. I am surprised at how well it has done in a pot in direct sunlight inside my cold house.
      Christy, Figging Amateur
      Mid-Michigan, USA. USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5b.

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      • #4
        - Annually, I grow about 30 or so vegetables in beds of different sizes. Love them hot peppers!
        - About two dozen herbs in beds and pots.
        - A couple lemon trees in pots.
        - Wild raspberries and blackberries in the yard.
        - Lots of different kinds of flowers (e.g., milkweed, Cardinal climber, zinnias) to attract beneficials.
        - Four beehives (as of right now).

        I'd like to grow mushrooms in the near future.
        Arne - Northern NJ - Zone 6A

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        • #5
          Hmm, let's see..

          Somewhere between 50 - 60 Southern Highbush blueberries. Added more this year, but also gave some away, so exact number is unknown. 12 or so varieties.
          6 citrus - usual suspects
          1 plum, a couple peaches and a couple nectarines, and one apricot. Hard to grow stone fruits here because of the +/- 0 chill hours.
          strawberries and raspberries
          veggies - right now lettuce. In summer tomatoes, squash etc. Not too big this year because of the severe drought.
          avocados, but they are not in good shape because of the water situation
          and of course lotsa figs.
          SoCal, zone 10.
          www.ourfigs.com Invite your friends.

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          • #6
            Citrus, Chocolate and Izu persimmons, many Azaleas and Camellias, all in the ground
            Alpine strawberries too!
            Attached Files
            Last edited by greenfig; 02-17-2015, 02:41 PM.
            USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: De la Roca, Lampeira Prush, Bass’ Favorite Fig, Raspberry Tart, Cavaliere

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            • #7
              Wouldn't the list of what we don't grow be shorter?

              So lets see:

              Vegies of coarse
              Strawberries
              Raspberries
              Goji berries
              Aronia Berries
              Honey Berries
              Grapes
              Pineapple
              Banana
              Peach
              Nectarine
              Plum (Asian and European)
              Pear (Asian and European)
              Apple
              Apricot
              a couple interspecific cultivars

              And there is something else..... oh yes.. FIGS baby!!!
              Last edited by COGardener; 02-17-2015, 03:14 PM.
              Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

              “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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              • #8
                I would have to do some math, maybe I will wait until spring and less to count.
                Phil North Georgia Zone 7 Looking for: All of them, and on and on,

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                • #9
                  I started with a vegetable garden, then grapes, now up to 8 varieties. Added a peach and three plums a year later. I started scouting out heirloom apple trees in my town and top-working some volunteer apple seedling trees in my yard over to varieties like Blue Pearmain, Roxbury Russet, Baldwin. That 2010 tree catalog I looked at must have had some sort of psyco-active paper that made me order 76 fruit trees...apples, pears, plums. Got into bench-grafting next year and started propagating stock for my own use and for eventual resale. Right now I have 500 1st year apple and pear trees in my nursery, these will be sold off this fall. Decided to diversify my orchard with a bunch of 'lesser' fruits over the last few years, aronia, juneberry, pawpaw, persimmon, apricot, hardy(and superhardy) kiwi, currants, gooseberries, schisandra chinesis, cornus mas, autumn olive, goumi, quince, medlar, blueberries, aaand....figs. I've also been establishing herbs and perennials throughout my orchard, creating a polyculture that enriches the soil, nurtures native pollinators, and offers culinary and medicinal yields.
                  Oh, we've grown chickens and hogs as well.
                  Jesse in western Maine, zone 4/5
                  Wishlist- Figues Juane, Demos unk, Nantes Maroc, Thermalito

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                  • #10
                    Chicken and hogs.... nice

                    I am working my way toward chickens, or I should say fighting my wife toward chickens and ducks. Hopefully I'll be able to bring it together next year, if not it will be once we move to a 5 acre lot.
                    Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                    “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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                    • #11
                      It's all in the Scion List in my sig. Well all execpt the veggie garden, mushrooms and we just got chickens. All on a 1/3 acre suburban lot.

                      COGardener You guys should come up for dinner or something, your wife will not be able to resist the cutness of the chicks.
                      Andy - Zone 6a Lat 39.9º N, Altitude 5390' Westminster CO ⚘ Scion List

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                      • #12
                        Howdy Andy, glad to see you made it!!!

                        She primarily does not want to take care of them while I'm out of town working. She is exited about the eggs, but refuses to eat the birds, says she doesn't want to eat anything that she knew.... LOL

                        We would love to come up sometime, Once the smoke clears with what cuttings are going to make it, I'm sure I will have some to bring you, that would be a great time.

                        Scott
                        Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                        “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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                        • #13
                          My modest list:

                          2 dwarf plums (Yellow Egg that outgrew its dwarfness and a Santa Rosa)
                          3 dwarf cherries
                          4 varieties of grapes
                          Adding 4 Paw Paws this spring (2 Overleese, 1 Mango, and 1 Susquehanna)
                          Wild blackberries in an old fence row

                          Regards,
                          billy
                          Middle Tn. - 7a
                          Seeking: Chiappetta. Cuttings or plant. P.M. me an offer please. ~billy

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                          • #14
                            Billy,

                            There is nothing wrong with your list, I think its great, it's about where we all started. Don't worry, It won't be long before you have more then you know what to do with.

                            Welcome to the forum

                            Scott
                            Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                            “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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                            • Billy
                              Billy commented
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                              Thank-you Scott. I'm going to spend some time on the blueberry forum. Maybe that bug will bite me too, I do love blueberries. =)

                          • #15
                            I'm growing peaches (an unknown variety on a 20 plus year old tree), apples (Fuji and Gala), a Parfianka pomegranate tree that I planted earlier this month, thornless blackberries (Apache and just added Prime-Ark Freedom Primocane), Concord grapes (Eastern and California), and a vegetable garden. In November, I started several lemon trees from seed (Meyer and an unknown variety). Time will tell if they will make it to the point of bearing fruit. After completing research on Sea Buckthorn trees (aka Seaberry), I hope to add at least three varieties later this year.
                            Sheila | Southern California | Zone 8B

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                            • #16
                              We lived in this house 1 year this past Thanksgiving.
                              -Rabbiteye blueberries. 12 Powderblue and Brightwell
                              -Pears. Goldenboy and Southern Bartlett
                              -Apples. Black Limbertwig, Victoria Limbertwig, Honey Sweet/Cider, Golden Sweet, Early Harvest
                              -Figs!!!
                              PPP
                              Eatonton, GA zone 7b/8a

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                              • #17
                                Besides Figs, I love to grow Tomatoes,Collards,Garlic,Peppers, and most anything that taste good!
                                North Alabama Zone 7b
                                "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever". Manatma Gandi"

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                                • #18
                                  Here's what I've managed to plant so far:
                                  • Asparagus (2 types, soon to be 4)
                                  • Blueberries (7 types, soon to be 9)
                                  • Blackberries (2 types)
                                  • Currant (white)
                                  • Elderberry (2 types)
                                  • Gooseberry (2 types)
                                  • Jostaberry
                                  • Paw paw (3 types, soon to be 4)
                                  • Raspberries (11 types, soon to be 13)
                                  • Juneberries (3 types)
                                  • Strawberries (day neutral, June-bearing, alpine, and pineberry)
                                  • Mulberry (to plant in the spring)
                                  • Persimmon (to plant in spring)
                                  • Jujubes (to plant in spring)
                                  A lot of it went into the ground fairly recently, so not everything is bearing yet. I also have to seen what survived this crazy cold winter. The list might grow shorter come spring.
                                  Johnny
                                  Stuff I grow: Google Doc

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                                  • #19
                                    Johnny,

                                    How are you liking the Jostaberries?
                                    Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                                    “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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                                    • jkuo
                                      jkuo commented
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                                      I can let you knew this season or next. Last season was the first year I put them in, and they didn't fruit. It grew fairly well though.

                                  • #20
                                    I grow a lot of fruit but the figs keep spreading like the BORG taking over any beds that stand in their way, Grow almost 400 blueberry bushes....7 peaches two plums.......11 grapes (muscadine), pineapples, 250 ish fig varieties, blackberrys, 2 mango 2 lychee amd dragonfruit....think that is it. Had 25 or so varieties of poms but they are going away (BORG).. Forgot..12 varieties of citrus and 2 mulberry.
                                    Plant sales are closed until further notice.

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                                    • Posturedoc
                                      Posturedoc commented
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                                      Hmm, just too lazy to figure it all out exactly at the moment. I've got an orchard map and a list of names I need to update plus scads of scions I plan to graft this spring, mostly to existing trees, but those don't really count, do they? Here you go:

                                      Apples 50ish trees/60ish varieties
                                      Pears - 10 European/14 varieties, 2 Asian/3 varieties, and 1 shipova - seven years old and 1st fruits last year (2, 1 eaten by bird and 2nd lopped off accidentally by an overeager pruner who maybe needs glasses [me])
                                      Apricots - 2 trees/6 varieties
                                      Cherries - 3 trees
                                      Plums - 5 European, 2 Asian/4 varieties, 1 Pluot
                                      Peach - 2 trees, though one gets the axe this spring due to insipid flavor (Zaiger dwarf, can't recall the name and don't care to)
                                      Quince - 1 - an undervalued fruit, IMO and easy to fruit in colder zones
                                      Figs - scads in pots, 3 in ground
                                      Raspberries - 4
                                      Blackberries - 4
                                      Juneberries - 3
                                      Gooseberries - 5
                                      Currants - 2
                                      Grapes - 5
                                      Mulberry - 2
                                      Strawberries - 4 varieties

                                      I'll be putting in a persimmon tree this year and maybe a couple of seaberries and Guomi plus the aforementioned grafting. I also want to add some of the Romance Series cherries, though I fear the summer may be too hot here. I'll probably avoid further diversification, as I'm getting to the point where I'm not going to have time to process what I harvest unless I quit my day job, though I may plant a small vineyard with mostly hybrid wine grapes that have fared well in trials in my area. Fermenting my own, home-grown booze has long been a goal of mine.

                                      I've also got a fairly extensive raised-bed garden that provides a significant portion of the annual fresh vegetable needs for my family of four plus loads of melons of varying description in an altogether too brief window of melon-eating ecstasy.

                                      Phil/Strudel, I saw on a thread from the other forum that you have Tomcot. If you have any scions available and wish to trade, let me know. I'll send you my list.

                                    • strudeldog
                                      strudeldog commented
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                                      Neal, Yes I have Tomcot I can send you. If we can work a trade thats great if not I can send anyway. I just happened to catch my name there

                                      Wills Why you down on POMs? I plan to plant out about that many Cultivars this spring
                                      Last edited by strudeldog; 02-18-2015, 08:46 PM.

                                  • #21
                                    I think this is everything, and it's all crammed into a .11 acre lot:

                                    * Blackberries (Apache, Arapaho, Triple Crown--will most likely replace these with raspberries, which have been more resistant to pests)
                                    * Black Currants (Goliath)
                                    * Blueberries (8 high bush and 3 rabbiteye)
                                    * Cherries (Stella and Danube, looking to add something new this year)
                                    * Clove Currants (Crandall from Rolling River)
                                    * Gooseberries (Jumbo, Poorman, Yellow Hinnonmaki, several wild natives)
                                    * Hardy Kiwi (Anna)
                                    * Pluots (Dapple Dandy and Flavor Supreme)
                                    * Raspberries (Anne, Brandywine, Fall Gold, Jewell, Polka, Saanich)
                                    * Red, Pink, and White Currants
                                    * Strawberries (alpine and the normal kind)

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                                    • #22
                                      Figs, pomegranates, Meyer lemons, assorted vegetables. I also have an avocado that should be cut down for not fruiting, wild blackberries, wild plums, loquats, and walnuts. I'm planning on adding some blueberries this year.
                                      USDA Zone 9b Wish list: Abruzzi, Pasquale, Filacciano, Tagliacozzo, Zingarella, Godfather. Any, including unknowns, from Abruzzo, Italy.

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                                      • #23
                                        Maybe do some top work and graft different cultivars onto the avocado rather than cut it down, I'm sure there are people on here you could get scionwood from.
                                        Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                                        “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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                                        • #24
                                          Wow ,I realy feel like an amateur . One Shinko oriental pear, one pineapple pear, a Royal Ann and a Lapins cherry trees, a Santa Rosa plumb(I also had n awesome Burbank that just died last year after the crop was picked, turn a bright gold color and just died) two rabbit eye blueberry bushes that are not doing too well either and all shorts of tomato ,eggplant and pepper plants. Oh and two avocado trees that I grew from seeds of fruit we ate from Walmart with the help of little miss Gabby K., mint and oregano of course.

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                                          • #25
                                            As one person said it would be easier to list what I don't grow. As this is a new place right now it is a blank slate. Besides the figs going in this year and maybe a few Pawpaws the rest is still up in the air. The kitchen garden will most likely go in first for the 20-30 varieties of herbs, followed by the bog garden so I can get the carnivorous plants out of my house. Hopefully the cold crop beds, then the normal veggies, After that who knows! Depends how painful building the greenhouse is.
                                            NC Zone 7a-b

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