[NAFEX] Black Walnuts
jfruth at uslink.net
Mon Aug 9 09:36:01 EDT 2004
Some years ago I had a walnut tree and no squirrels. So.......after they dropped, I'd put them on my (gravel) driveway and drive over them until all of the husks were removed.
I harvest white walnuts (aka butternuts) differently. I let the squirrels knock them down and carry them wherever. After all have disappeared, I gather them from beside downed logs, under rock ledges, etc. (all hidden with leaves covering them). I figure it is a good trade: My tree and the squirrels' work.
Incidently, I never find more than half of the butternuts. I suspect that, after the squirrels fill their larder, they hide the surplus for me to find. In years when there is no, or few, acorns, I don't find any butternuts.
Pequot Lakes, MN
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