Saturday, November 13, 2010

Awww Nuts!

Real nuts.  Black Walnuts.  A MILLION of them.

The Black Walnut tree beside our house was especially productive this year.  This is an average-size tree, about a foot and a half in diameter, and it produced all of the nuts you see in these photos.

I didn't stage or alter these nuts at all for these photos.  This is exactly what they looked like on the ground below the tree.

It was impossible to walk through this area without stepping on a nut ... with the potential for a nasty fall, and a twisted ankle, looming with every step.

In preparation for our Greyhounds Rock picnic two weeks ago, we had to pick up every single one of these nuts.  It's one thing for US to gingerly step through the Walnut Mine Field ... and a completely different situation to expect one's guests and their dogs to do the same.  This is when I am especially thankful to have my golf cart.

The bed of the cart is 4-feet square, and about a foot deep.  It's filled to capacity ... from one tree!!! 

These nuts didn't go to waste, I assure you. We drove them to the back of the property, and we spread them along the tree line, where we are making a hedgerow. The varmints back there should have a feast!

(written by Hartwood Roses.  Hartwood Roses blog.)


  1. Our John Deere tractor mower has a cart we attach, but I really like your golf cart! AND the pink ribbon on it too!

    We have a walnut tree and it dropped just enough this year to give Rowdy shells to eat and make him sick. Our oak tree however has dropped truck loads of acorns. He tries to eat them too. There's just no way we can pick them all up.


  2. That's a pile of nuts. I bet the 'critters' enjoyed the feast!

  3. My hubby would absolutely drool over your golf cart, Connie! lol! There's certainly going to be a nutty party in your back yard tonight! lol!

    xoxo laurie

  4. That is a bunch of nuts. We had two old black walnut trees on our property that have since been cut down. We never had that many nuts.

  5. I'd LOVE our own walnut tree but they're far too big for our garden.

    I can't believe how prolific your tree is!

    I just wanted to let you know that I've decided to forgive you for laughing at my white jeans getting so grubby!!!! :-)

    I loved your comment. It made me really laugh.


  6. Cracking and cleaning black walnuts is! I tried years ago, thinking that it was such a waste to not do something with all of these nuts. They’re hard as rocks, the meat inside is small, and I mashed almost all of the ones I tried to crack. Now, we let the varmints have them in a part of the property that's safe from falls ... better than throwing them away. For the life of me, I wish I understood how a squirrel can crack and eat them so effortlessly.


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