[Homestead] Black Walnuts
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Tue Oct 14 17:42:18 EDT 2008
Gene GeRue wrote:
Those trees are now about 25
> years old and most of them are ten to twelve inches in diameter. For
> the best furniture wood I prefer a slow-growing tree with tight grain.
> These are candidates but I will refrain from cutting them as long as
That is great news, Gene. I was worried that it would be DS's wood
instead of DH's. The tree I am pulling from is a foot in diameter near
the base. It was planted about 20 years ago.
> If I were planting black walnuts I would plant them near a stream or
> at least in a low area likely to have greater soil moisture. Most of
> the trees at Heartwood are within a hundred feet of the stream or at
> an elevation that means their tap roots are down into the side seepage
> from the stream. Many trees are at the stream bank. The twelve above
> are an exception and there are many other young ones planted the same
> way. None are more than about thirty feet in elevation above the
> stream level.
My tree is about 250 feet from the dry creek, but not more than 5 feet
in elevation. It makes sense to plant them near the creekline. It is
a dry creek, but the water is underground.
> The nut crop this year is very good.
In the almost an hour that I was out there, I have picked up over two
hundred pounds of walnuts. How many pounds of meat will that yield? I
only got the bottom branches-those that I could reach and shake, so I
only 'cleaned' about a quarter of the tree at best.
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