|Project by MsDebbieP||posted 07-20-2012 12:50 PM||2351 views||0 times favorited||18 comments|
Long, long ago,
in a garden
far, far away…
oh wait, it was MY garden!! ...
... I planted a hazelnut tree. I wasn’t told at the time (nor did I do any research to find out) that you need two hazelut trees/bushes in order to get any nuts.
Long ago, my neighbour also planted a hazelnut tree and, thus, our trees should have flourished. But, I have no idea what my neighbour has growing (nor does he) but it does not look like my hazelnut trees.
Since becoming a GardenTender, I have learned to do research to get at least a little bit of information on the requirements of different plants and trees in order to do my job at managing the garden space.I learned that:
- the hazeulnut is also known as a filbert
- they are actually bushes and can be pruned to create a tree shape
- they need two bushes/varieties in order to produce nuts
- the nuts are produced on one-year-old wood
And so, last year (or maybe it was two years ago) I purchased and planted two more bushes.
This spring, I clipped off the suckers and ground-level branches to create a tree shape for each of the bushes. The goal was to take the chainsaw to my original bush and clean it up but that didn’t happen. Maybe later in the season we will get it pruned, leaving just a few main branches.
A week ago I noticed seed husks growing on the new trees. And they are cute little things!!
On the bushes there are some husks that appear to have only one nut, some with two, and some with three.
Some branches have just one husk on them and others, as in the photo below, have multiples. This particular branch has a tiny, single husk at the top (not visible) plus the three that you can see.
This year should also be a bumper crop for the English Chestnuts. Maybe we’ll have a nut gathering contest at the get-together in September! :)
(Post-get-together) The chestnuts were not ready at the time of the get-together but there is, indeed, a bumper crop.
Picture #3: part of our hazelnut harvest from our two little trees. (In the husks. Some had 5 in the cluster.)
Picture #4: Here are the nuts out of their husks.
Picture #5: the harvest: 1 cup of nuts (1/4 pound)
Not bad for 4’ high bushes.
Next I will dry the nuts and then I can “m—m-m-” eat them!
And next year there should be a lot more to harvest!
-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)