If I Never See Another Walnut......
By Morley Hunt
October 27, 2017 8:00pm CST
It will be too soon. The last two weeks we have been bombarded with a hailstorm of walnuts. They fall like bombs onto the roof. They litter the lawn....ready to become missles when the lawnmower shoots the into the distance. We have one large....heavily laden walnut tree overhanging the house. We have five more walnut trees in the fron yard, close to the house. Then there are six more, near the road and one more in the side yard. We have been collecting these messy bombs for two weeks. We sent some to the neighbours to be hulled and dried....but 36 five gallon pails later....he said....enough!!!! Since that day we've been dumping pails and wheelbarrows full near the ditch in the trees behind the house. The bounty is never ending....add to that the chestnuts, hickory nuts and the acorns...my hubby has vowed we will not be planting any nut trees near our new home. The photo shows the pails of walnuts the grandkids collected for me the first morning they stayed over.
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@JudyEv ...consider that a walnut is part of the peach family (I heard that once.)...only the nut is what we want to save. The walnut hull has a citrusy scent....how do I know?...IV spent hours analyzing while picking the darned things up.
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Many years ago we lived at a place with a couple of black walnut trees. They always made a huge mess of the yard and we would have to clean up the nuts and the tree limbs before mowing the lawn. It was a pain and they are not easy to shell and get the meat out. It is quite a process. Did you know, that they also leach the soil of necessary minerals that will take away from any garden that you decide to plant near it?
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I would make a killing if that could be eaten. I would make an add for a bag of nuts for $3 and let people come pick all they like. I wish that were my yard. After they sell out I would offer nuts to freecycle if they picked them up. I would love an apple tree. The amount of apples I eat is costing me big time.
I thought you used a wrong photo at first, but reading what you explained to JudyEv, I realized that the walnuts were truly THAT big! Sounds a waste if one could only take some nuts out of those big fruits! (One of my old place got 2 giant fruit trees. The young fruits dropping on the iron roof drove us nutty at times. Yet now that I am older, I do miss the sound a bit.)