Tuesday, October 18, 2011

N is for Nuts

N is for nuts, black walnuts in particular.

I had already raked and picked up the nuts that dropped a week or so ago (see here) thinking I would most likely leave the remainder for the local squirrel population. This afternoon I changed my mind. These nuts are a nuisance! I gathered my resolve, along with a wheelbarrow (or two) and a five gallon bucket, and headed out to see what I could do about getting my yard cleaned up.

Every five gallon pail full holds about 150 nuts. I lost count of how many times I filled and dumped the bucket, but I'm sure I picked up at least 1000 of them. It's looking quite a bit better now and walking isn't near so dangerous. If only I knew what exactly to do with my collection.

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  1. If only I could move the wheelbarrows... Uh oh. One has a flat tire and one is just plain too heavy, and it looks as though it might rain.

  2. Wow! What a crop!

    Have a great week,

    abcw team

  3. walnuts are nice, how do you remove the pulp? How many trees do you have?

  4. WOW
    if only those were blueberries!

  5. Haha, Stacy, you are funny. If only they were pumpkins I could sell them. But then again, they probably wouldn't survive the trip to the ground.

    Ann, they say the best way to get rid of the covering is to run them over with your car. Yes, seriously. We have bout a half dozen trees. We tried saving and eating some one year but found them not worth the hassle.

  6. Because there are walnut and almond orchards close to my sister, each year my Christmas present from her, is hulded walnut halves, and huld almonds. Big bags, and I love to use them in my Thanksgiving and Christmas baking.

    Today I started with Pumpkin Bread.

    Love NUTS!!

  7. It seems a shame to waste them, but I can see how it could be a major chore, dealing with all those black walnuts. Not much fun at all.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  8. ...more black walnuts...now I am wondering if I have ever tried them...maybe as a child...

  9. I wouldn't like to think how big your squirrels grow!
    My ABC Wednesday this week is Neil Armstrong.

  10. compost, i suppose, though the squirrels might get into that too, which wouldn't be so bad, if they didn't strew things all over.

    good luck.
    ROG, ABC wednesday team

  11. Composting would be okay if not for the herbicide that black walnut skins naturally produce.

  12. A prodigious proliferation of walnuts! (Too bad this isn't 'p' week). I love walnuts but black walnuts do not agree with me. Must have something in them that I'm allergic to.

  13. We picked some walnuts too last week!

    Nostalgic, is one of my ABC entries. Come by any time you get a chance. Have a great day!

  14. That's a lot of hard work - Nice one!

    You won't believe it but the word verification is regather!

  15. That is an awful lot of lugging! Looks like you had some real effective help, too!

  16. I LOVE your little helper!

    It's good to pick them up before they turn black and stain your hands, clothes... everything!

  17. looks like a lot of fun was had by all

  18. Gosh! That is a lot. We were rambling in the woods last week and found and collected lots of beech nuts but don't know what to do with them ...

    I've never seen black walnuts though.