Brenda Groth wrote:I searched but didnt' find a hazelnut thread so I thought I would start one.
3 or 4 years ago I planted 6 hazelnuts and a neighbor planted 2. Mine were 4 from one nursery and 2 from another, just sticks.
Well they grew like wildfire and even with the drought we had this year, 4 of the 6 have nuts on them. I was so thrilled to see the pretty soft green clusters of moist nuts, just babies but already the size of marbles, and a real promise of proteins growing on my property.
I have read about hazelnuts and I have read that you can eat them in the unripe green stage and that they should be eaten with a bit of salt, or you can wait for them to fall free from the husks and dry them and eat them the usual way.
As I have never had a fresh hazelnut this is all new to me, but I'm loving the idea that i have a chance to try fresh hazelnuts off my own trees. There won't be a lot but there are more than I figured I'd get in only a few years, so I'm happy. I figure I'm going to have to find a way to protect them from the browsers, i'm thinking that as they begin to ripen I might wrap something around the clusters to deter racoons and squirrels. Our squirrels are well fed in the front yard and the red oaks are loaded with acorns this year, so I'm hoping they'll not really pay attention to the hazelnuts which are out of that area, but I'm going to keep an eye on them anyway.
I want them for me.
I am hoping to get a crop from all of my nut trees before I die (2 black walnuts, 1 carpathian walnut, 1 butternut, 2 heartnut, 6 hazelnuts, 2 sweet chestnut, 1 hardy almond and 2 hickory) but most of them are all still babies less than 5 years old...so this years baby hazelnuts is a hope and a promise to me.
Am posting this thread for a hazelnut discussion and even open to recipes and storage ideas, etc.. Wish I had a bunch of those mesh onion bags to tie around them, but don't..but i'll have my thinking cap on and am open to ideas.
some of our neighbors have chickens which I babysat when they were gone in the past..but..I've never had my own. I would love to have chickens but my husband doesn't want me to have them. He had to take care of hundreds of chickens when a little boy
Have not yet purchased any more silicone cookware than 2 spatulas, but have had concerns about them..guess that might be why I haven't gotten any YET..and may not..Was thinking of those for over glass bowls in the microwave, the covers..but haven't gotten those either.
I do use silicone caulk occasionally in building projects however
I'm thinking of building a 2nd greenhouse, this one off of my garage with a door inside the garage out to it..thus..no having to shovel out the greenhouse in the winter.
the greenhouse I have now I find it difficult to get to when we have several feet of snow, too hard to shovel to..but with a door into the garage that would solve that problem
I have a SE wall of the garageg and I have 2 6' sliding doors double pane and 2 6' w by 5' high double pane sliding windows..so I could build a 6x12 addition to the side of the garage for a greenhouse, there is a 3' overhang eave so it would only have half of it glazed..i'd buy double wall polycarbonate for the roof beyond overhang..and i have a spare all glass storm/screen door to put access into garage..this is a plan..i could fit a 4x8 at least raised bed inside the greenhouse with a 2' path on 3 side for good access..and set some pots on the paths.
Thanks for the welcome back..I've been around but my computer was crap..Now my son bought me a cell signal booster so I can get 4 bars on my phone in my house rather than 0 to 1..and my phone is my modem for my computer.
I love being able to use my computer more again..but alas still way busy ..i want to get some updates on my blog soon as well
Yes it is a disease problem,and I THOUGHT it was months with R's but I wasn't sure..we have some HUGE rabbits here ! (cottontails)
swiss chard will reseed and grow year after year in your greenhouse, and most greens and herbs grow well in winter in the greenhouse..look for cool weather crops ..those that like cool weather for growin in the greenhouse..tomatoes and peppers do well in the summer inside the greenhouse..I'm in Michigan..don't bother with anything you can easily grow outside..you won't have that much room. I have tried melons and squash in the greenhouse and they actually did better out in the open ..but that's just me.
Renate, I made a lovely chicken pot pie recipe last week..i dont' measure or write things down but this is about how I did it..first i microwaved a few potatoes to nearly done and cut them up into cubes..then i put a bunch of onion and garlic with butter in a large skillet and sweated them out, then added vegetables (I put in mixed frozen) and flour and stirred to make a rue and then put in some broth until I got a good gravey consistancy...salt pepper and herbs were added with the flour..I almost forgot that.
i put this into 3 individual casserole dishes but any dish would do..and i topped it with pie crust rounds..baked 350 for about 35 min until the crust began to brown..
i agree that making meat go further can be a real fun way to cook..I'm finding that where I used to use an entire package of meat with one meal, now i can generally make a package last 2 or 3 meals with a little creativity..and actually we seem to enjoy it better.
I'm using odds and ends of meat that i wouldn't normally think of using in the ways I am..like say (i cook for 3)..pulling 3 hot dogs out of a package of frozen..and cut them up and use them in a dish..say macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatos, beans, bean soup, etc.. OR cut a 1/2 a large sausage up and do it the same way..
I also find if you brown the meat well it has more flavor and it makes the meat go farther cause there is more meat flavor.
soups are a really good way to extend meat, or stews, or meat sauces for pasta..or just a bit in a grilled cheese sandwich or in some eggs..
think of what you would find in boughten soup and put in the same types of things...say chicken..is good with almost any vegetable, the usual are peas, carrots, potatoes, celery (celery makes the soup). just add some stock or broth and chicken meat and some poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, if you don't have poultry seasoning add sage..
you can do the same with beef, same vegetables only use beef and beef broth..some thyme in place of sage.
cabbage is good with carrots, onions, celery, beans or green beans and i like it with ground beef and some tomatoes..but you can throw nearly anything in..
that should give you a start..always taste before adding more herbs..or salt.
i saw this after i posted a thread about growing greens on our windowsill..it worked so well..just put the seeds in regular potting soil and watered them with fish emulsion..they weren't as crisp as growing out in the cold air, but after rinsing and putting in the frig to crisp up they were a nice salad..can grow them all winter long, if you have a cooler room than i have (70) it probably would have worked even better
I have enjoyed fresh greens this wniter by planting mesclun and mixed lettuces in large planter on the windowsill in the house..so much nicer than having to buy your salads ..esp since we have had our worse winter here in many many decades. I think I'll try planting more green living things to eat in the house next winter...already have my herbs in 72 pots in the house for seed starting for 2014 garden.
easiest way to make a hedgerow from your russian olives is to set posts and wire where you want the hedgerow..and the birds will plant them from the berries of your existing russian olive bushes..they grow here under every elec or telephone wire..
i would study plants that are native to that soil and try to bring in relatives that are more edible..say if it grows huckleberries maybe put in blueberries..walk around wild areas that have the same type of trees growing and similar soil and see what grows there..
i would think maybe acidic soil with pines..so maybe strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries..??
here in Michgan there are a lot of trees dying as well..we lost most of our elms, the ash are dying now from the emerald ash borers, i hear that oaks are dying, so far ours are fine. some of the maples seem to have a problem, a few white pines have died off..
I hate that..I really hate that.
I am planting every single type of tree I can find to plant, hopefully some of them will be death resistant..I'm mostly putting in edibles right now like fruit and nut trees, but also evergreens as they seem to be living better than the deciduous trees for some reason.
wherever I go i grab seeds or fruits and bury them all over the field next to us..hoping some of them will gow...but I also buy seedlings, and grafted trees just to get live trees established.
you can see on my blog below.
not familiar with buckthorn but think I'll avoid it
i innoculated logs with fungii perfecti spawn plugs in 2012 and they never grew, had some help from neighbors last year and they cut down my half buried logs thinking they were stumps..bummer..so they are just laying on the ground now..I may just as well bury them in my next hugel bed..doubt if I'll get any mushrooms from them though
since you have so many blueberries, I would try something different on several different ones to see if you can find the best choice..my thought was to go to maybe some cardboard with a slit in it and a hole to slide over the blueberry trunk..to supress the weeds, and then put a mulch over that ..try cutting the grass before placing the cardboard and rake the clippiings on top as a mulch..a thick mulch.
i have heard that grasses of that type seem to take advantage of poor soil..so if the soil is improved and heavily mulched you may find that it will eventually die out??? I hope so for your sake as that would be a lot of land to dig all the grass out of..(which I have to do here)
my "food forests" are kinda grown in hedges in many areas on our property..as I like having a path or trail thru my gardens so the sides end up being hedges, and basically food or other food forest helpers like inscectaries, DA, NF..etc..
I have a hedge with a multitude of raspberries that is interspersed with baby chestnut trees (hopefully some day the trees will no longer be babies and I might have to move the berries)..I have a hedge of american plum, dwarf american hazelnut and mulberries with some daylillies , jerusalem artichokes, and perennials and comfrey around the bases of the trees/bushes..these are near a line of black walnut, carpathian walnut, heartnut and butternuts interspersed among aspens as nurse trees and comfrey, daylillies, and several other perennials.
I have a line of dwarf pears interspersed with daylilllies, comfrey, and other perennials and a wild cherry.
I have another line of blackraspberry with daffodills and goutweed and daylillies..
I have a hedgerow along my fence with jerusalem artichokes, some evergreens and aspen, baby peach trees, wild berry bushes of all kinds
i have a row of jerusalem artichokes along a ditch with some baby trees of all kinds and have put a lot of jerusalem artichokes in my woods among the maples, ash, aspen and oaks.
I have some rows of grapevines, kiwi and fruit trees and some have asparagus, rhubarb and horseradish in them and berry bushes like blueberry, etc..
I'm always looking for more things to stick here and there (you can go on my blog and see photos)
there are so many varieties in the sunflower family it could be one of another variety..however..if it is a jerusalem artichoke it will come back in the same place next year..stronger..and when you pull it up you should find at least some tiny little tubers attached to the root one would think..I'd wait another year
well after a few more years that furnace finally had to be replaced after we had a power outage that killed it..
our insurance co replaced it with a different brand of wood furnace..an Empyre Elite. It was a lemon. There were gobs and gobs of malfunctions, one a lever that had to be moved when you opened the door that shut off air to the fire..kept sticking and wouldn't move..the warning buzzer that said the lever was moved..broke and had to be replaced..and the secondary burn chamber door burned out 3 times and had to be replace..they finally made better ones..but then the furnace never worked properly after that and by then the 2012/2013 burn season was over (got it June 2012)
well Nov 2013 we tried to use it and after about a week we realized it had a water leak INTO the firebox and secondary burn chamber..it was under warranty so we called dealer to replace it..of course..he was out of state sellling Christmas trees and still hasn't replaced it..but the company said they sent an upgraded stainless steel model for us to the dealer and supposedly it will be put in this week or next.
we'll see how that works out for us..what a crazy several yaers..stress to the max !!
I too would not call mine a failure, but the tall one I put in was difficult to reach the top of and also with our drought I did definately have to add some additional water to it this year, even popped a soaker hose on the top .
had really good lettuce and cabbages on this particular new bed this year but it was really too dry for a lot of other things
MY personal most successful hugelkulture crops so far have been all types of greens, esp leaf lettuces and cabbages, they grew amazingly well. I had melons ripen for the first time planting them on the hugel bed (michigan it is cold for melons). I haven't tried anything that has to be dug up, as the soil is rather thin over the wood. Had an invasion of white sweet clover !! Everywhere, must have been seed in the soil
My older beds have some fruit trees on them and they did great as did Jerusalem artichokes in mostly wood chips buried areas.
You can read about it on Mark's Daily apple or you can google it.
I have always loved going outside barefoot and in shorts and a t shirt in the winter here..although I'm not a swimmer so I don't swim in cold ponds like some do..or do the polar plunges. I love the snow on my barefeet.
I walk every morning and as long as it is in the 40's I don't ware a jacket, just shorts and a t shirt..if there is a cold rain I'll don a jacket..I walked in the rain yesterday in shorts and a t shirt and my husband got all worried and drove to pick me up..don't believe in arguing so I let him drive me home..but I was lovin the rain.
I've also enjoyed putting an ice pack on various parts of my body with a bit of cotton material between it and the skin to prevent "freezer burn"..for about an hour at a time..
There is some information available that says that if you get fat cells really cold for a hour that they'll eventually die, crystalize and be eliminated.
Cold is good for you if you don't over do it..it speeds up your metabolism and makes you just feel alive
check out my blog below. I planted a lot of mixed fast growing evergreens along my road beyond the right of way and planted the right of way with wildflowers..the evergreens grew very fast and very thick, so mostly people can't see our house..I also have allowed "bird plantings" to grow up in and through the evergreens, so I now have grapes, woodbine vines, trumpet vines, honeysuckle, roses, autumn olives and other things growing up and in the hedgerow.
it is alive with wildlife
my fruit trees are planted in front of, beside and behind our house in mixed beds (food forest beds)..and then we have a heavily wooded area behind that
coyote won't bother a larger dog, you can put your dogs on radio control perimeter collars or underground dog fence...and keep them in an area near the animals but not with the animals..thus keeping the coyote from coming round...hopefully.
you will have to pen the pigs..so why not plant the sunchokes on the fenceline..some will always spread OUTSIDE of the fenceline and some inside..so the outside ones won't get eaten by the pigs..you can cook sunchokes for chickens also.
you can also plant the orchards on the outside of the pig fenceing..and some of the fallen fruit will fall into the pig pens..but the trees will be protected.
chickens can eat outside the pig pen and then keep the dogs even farther out with the radio fencing
well it seems when I bought 2 hazelnuts from one company and 4 from another I ended up with two different kinds of hazelnuts (they weren't marked by variety, just dwarf hazelnuts). 2 of the trees have nuts much larger than the other 4, which are quite small but tasty.
They are all producing this year, last year only a few of the smaller ones produced..and it is amazing the difference in the nut size.
I'm thinking I want to encourage the larger ones, but keep the smaller ones too as they are useful and yummy..but I'm wondering if I would be best to cut suckers off of the adult bushes or plant the nuts themselves..?? I'm thinking the nuts may have crossed and might even form a third type of nuts..which I wouldn't mind.
I'm a soup-a-holic..I totally love soup and even make it in the heat of summer occasionally (hot soup tends to cool you off on a hot day for some reason??). My plan for today is my favorite soup..cabbage patch stew (but really too runny for stew)..I got recipe from a magazine and I do tend to change it up..it has browned ground meat ...carrots..celery..cabbage..red peppers..beans..broth..onion..salt..pepper and if you want a dash of sugar..I cook it at least an hour in a big pot..yummo