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  • Next season is looking better already!!

    I know this is probably random, but I'm happy.... We just bought a new house and basically I was the one who ended up compromising and maybe it's for the better in the long run, but anyway I did not get the dream of lots of land and living in the "country". Happy wife, happy life... However, we got a good deal on a very nice house that just needs some updating and cleaning up, close to everything, family, blah, blah. Now not only did I not get the dream. I got a very wooded lot for a suburban home. I talking surrounded by 60+ white pines and oak. I'm like in the middle of a forrest This is not good for my backyard orchard dream. We cut down 11 trees around the property last year and got a very good deal on that. We figured we would see how it was with that before we did anymore. So I watched all summer. I'm still pretty shady out. I was only getting good sun when the sun was over head. Even then it wasn't great. On top of that I spent over two months of weekends cleaning pine needs and leaves, like an unbelievable amount.
    I asked santa to not get me clothes this year or any other gifts I don't really want and take down the rest of my trees and I will hope that gets me enough sun since it seems most of my neighbors love the trees, birds, squirrels and all that, evidenced by multiple bird feeders at each house. This year my fig crop was awful because of the lack of sun, ants, birds, and fruit flies. The only wild card was the house behind us was also sold to a nice older lady who I figured was not going to do much outside. Even with all my trees gone my neighbors are still shading out my afternoon sun with monster trees.
    Today I wake up to chainsaws!!! She thinned out her backyard so now I can actually see the sky! I also have word that santa is going to finish of the rest of my forrest after christmas! I'm actually excited for next summer more then usual.

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    Congrats! Hope that gives you enough sun for a bountiful harvest!
    Bryant...Franklin County, VA...Zone 7a. Wish List: a 32 hour day....more sleep

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    • #3
      Good for you. Hope it all works out well for your figs.
      Jerry, Canyon Lake TX 8b

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      • #4
        I hope everything is done and ready for spring when it get here. Even though it feels like spring here today. Crazy weather with 70 today and 75 tomorrow. I'm not complaining tho..
        Kentucky Zone 6b

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        • #5
          Me too, I know it's rediculous, but my backyard is awful, nothing could grow. I really only got a handful of decent figs last year.

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          • #6
            Where are you now?
            Bob C. KC, MO Zone 6a. Wanted: Martineca Rimada, Galicia Negra, Fioroni Ruvo, De La Reina - Pons, Tauro, BFF, Sefrawi, Sbayi, Mavra Sika , Fillaciano Bianco, Corynth, Souadi, Acciano Purple, LSU Tiger, LSU Red, Cajun Gold, BB-10 any great tasting fig

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            • #7
              I'm in the same town like 2 miles from my old house, lol.

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              • #8
                Marcus,

                That is excellent.....good things come to good people. The neighbor here is awesome and in the back of the property let me cut 4 big trees that while on his side hung over my side. Taking the trees out, even the part on my side would have killed them but when I mentioned it to him he said lets cut them down...and helped Same neighbor had a couple of huge oak trees near his house that shaded a portion of my figs in my side yard. Those he was going to keep until his roof had a leak and decided to redo the roof in metal and then he wanted those trees gone as limbs would have dented the roof as they fell. In came a crane and down they came, tree company took the tops and ground them. Told him to save money and we would handle the trunks, then....helped him clear the logs out with the tractor. Good neighbors are priceless.
                Cutting sales have ended for the season. Plant sales will start March 1 at 8 eastern time. If it is still too cold in your area I can hold your plants till a date of your choosing.

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                • #9
                  That's awesome. Congrats on the house , you being happy( and thanks for sharing that) and your very nice neighbor . This past year was not a great fig year for me either having faced the exact same obstacles that you mentioned so maybe it was just a bad year for figs all over. Best of luck next year and have the best holidays ever!

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                  • #10
                    Yes, good neighbors are wonderful. So far so good here. I don't think she was trying to help me she seemed pretty shocked by the amount of clean up also this fall.

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                    • #11
                      Your story struck a chord with me as it looks like there is a very good chance we will move within the year. My wife would like to live in a densely populated urban environment while I am dreaming of space in a rural setting. Hopefully we will be able to come to a good compromise. I have noticed that in some areas along the east coast a large percentage of the houses with decent sized lots are surrounded by trees and I've wondered how much work/expense it would take to clear a reasonable area for gardening/figs. Anyway, good luck for a good fig crop next year.
                      Steve
                      D-i-c-k-e-r-s-o-n, MD; zone 7a
                      WL: Nantes Maroc

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                      • DBJohnson
                        DBJohnson commented
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                        We closed on our place this past February and I lucked out. We found a place that is rural with the acreage I needed, only 10 minutes from town, and only 20 minutes from my wife's work.

                        Keep thinking positively and hope for the best!

                    • #12
                      Steve, we had the same thing. My wife does not want to commute at all, not that I do either, but I would have liked some space. She wanted a neighborhood, to make things worse where we are in NJ we would need to go out pretty far from work and family to get a nice area with land we could afford now or we would have needed to find a lot more money to stay close. I don't even want to say what our property taxes are in NJ for .39 of an acre.

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                      • #13
                        Congratulations on the new house!
                        Zone 7a in Virginia

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                        • #14
                          I am happy for the positive changes in your lives

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                          • #15
                            That's really awesome, Marcus. Congrats!
                            Zone 7A - Philadelphia
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                            • #16
                              Thanks. I'm hoping this makes a difference next year. This past summer was pretty bad for getting good figs

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                              • #17
                                Now you will have to spend a little time and relearn the sun patterns for you yard. I would be real exited to!!!
                                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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                                • #18
                                  Hi marcus.
                                  Congratulations on your new home. I hope you get all the things you want. It couldn't happen to a nicer person.
                                  Good luck with everything!
                                  Vito

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                                  • #19
                                    Thanks Vito!

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