[NAFEX] Planting Butternuts and Black Walnuts

Sarah Kehler Ewing skkewing at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 4 13:44:16 EST 2009

Another idea for defeating those dedicated nut robbers!

I'm copy-pasting this as a clip of an article titled "The Butternut Tree" (If you want to read the whole thing, it can be found on the Canadian Organic Growers website). 

"In all growing zones 3-9, the butternuts can be planted outside immediately upon being collected and ashed. They may be planted in their final location or in a nursery row. In a row, they are planted 2" (5 cm) deep, spaced about 5 nuts to a 12" (30 cm) row. Each nut should receive a small pinch of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) on top of the nut before the soil is closed in. This bicarbonate salt will de-scent the nut from the prying noses of the local squirrel populations. Then talcing of woodash should be shaken over the row as an added fungicidal precaution."

Thanks for all the great information folks!

zone 3
Edmonton, AB

--- On Wed, 11/4/09, Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net> wrote:

> From: Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net>
> Subject: [NAFEX] Planting Butternuts and Black Walnuts
> To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Received: Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 2:42 PM
>     A fellow I once knew
> planted several acres of nut seeds and the 
> squirrels found and dug up nearly all.  He thwarted
> the squirrels for his 
> second planting.  He obtained a quantity of tin cans
> (Campbells soup cans, 
> etc) that had one end cut off.  At the closed end of
> each can, he cut an "X" 
> and peeled the flaps out.  One of these cans was
> placed over the top of each 
> nut at planting.  Seedlings grew through the end of
> the can and, by the time 
> the diameter expanded to fit the can, much of it had rusted
> away so the 
> young trees were not girdled.
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
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