[NAFEX] walnuts versus squirrels
machelp at attglobal.net
Sun Aug 8 15:35:10 EDT 2004
For tasting purposes - to taste your first crop - you can take a piece of aluminum window screen, bend it to fit around a cluster of nuts, then use an ordinary office stapler to staple it around it.
It won't save the full crop, but it'll enable you to taste the walnut, so you know what the walnut tastes like when fully ripened.
I have a shagbark hickory planted 1984 been bearing for 3 or more years still haven't tasted because never did what i just told you to do. But I'm going outside right now with the stapler and I'm going to do it.
a Massachusetts filled with squirrels
> I have a seedling walnut that is producing a crop of nuts for the first time. It has taken about 20 years to reach this point. So now I want to harvest the nuts before the squirrels get them all. They are green on the outside, and the shells are starting to get woody. Inside, the nutmeat is almost to its full size. Should I pick them green and dry them in a safe place, or should I let them hang on the tree until they start to fall off? Also, how do I process them after picking so that I have a pile of nuts with clean shells, and not a pile of slimy black balls that they will turn into when the green outer coat starts to rot?
> -Mark Lee, Seattle z8
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