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Filberts or Hazelnuts? And Other Fruit Tree Nonsense

I have harvested, with the help of my children, a small box of filberts. I think in Oregon they call them filberts and elsewhere they are called hazelnuts. I don’t really know, but I guess they are different species. I really don’t know what I have growing.


The youngest and our dog both love cracking them open to snack on. And guess what else loves to snack on filberts? The voracious coddling moth. Geeze do we have a problem over here. We avoid eating the larvae by cracking open the nut to peak inside after we’ve cracked open a shell with our handy dandy hammer. Our dog uses her teeth. If it’s yucky it goes in the garbage. We don’t want to put pests into our compost. But I don’t think our dog minds the larvae.

I know I probably shouldn’t let her eat things like plums and nuts but she does and she’s still here. Plus when I tell her not to she just ignores me or looks at me crazy. She wants to eat what we’re eating. And by the look of things it hasn’t stopped her up yet (but sometimes I wish she’d get stopped up or eat her own poop, lol).

Most of my fruit trees are wearing cardboard at the base of their trunks. I’m going to check them tomorrow for any moth cocoons. It started raining (sprinkling by Oregon standards) today so I am not sure how the cardboard is going to hold up.

I watched a video on how to harvest filberts and one person keeps their nuts in their car. It gets hot but it stays dry so I’m going to give it a try.

My oldest child wants us to make a chocolate/hazelnut spread so that’s what we’ll probably do with our small harvest.

How do you harvest and dry your nuts? What kinds of things do you make with them?

From Astarte Moon Inspirations

September Gardening by the Moon

Below is the September Gardening by The Moon Calendar from Farmers’ Almanac. In italics will be my personal plan. I’m in zone 7b for plant hardiness. One of my resources for when to plant is this website Gardenate.

September 2013
7th-8th Good Days For Planting Peas, Beans, Tomatoes, Peppers, And Other Aboveground Crops In Southern Florida, Texas, And California. Excellent For Sowing Grains, Hay, And Forage Crops. Plant Flowers. (Spread some saved flower seed and plant some peas)
9th-10th Excellent Time For Planting Aboveground Crops That Can Be Planted Now, Including Leafy Vegetables, Which Will Do Well. Start Seedbeds. (Plant some salad green seeds in vertical pallet garden)
11th-12th Clear Fencerows, Woodlots And Fields, But Do No Planting. (clear out blackberries along the fence and cut back vines, pick up old fruit, wrap fruit trees with cardboard)
13th-14th Any Aboveground Crops That Can Be Planted Now Will Do Well. (look through seeds and plant any that will work)
15th-17th Poor Planting Days. Kill Plant Pests. (remove snails from raised beds, cut back horseradish greens, harvest some stevia)
18th-19th Favorable Planting Days: First Day For Aboveground Crops. Last Day For Root Crops And Also Good For Transplanting. All Days Fine For Planting Vine Crops. (plant some garlic and beets? harvest radishes, carrots, and beets that are ready, harvest some horseradish and make horseradish sauce)
20th-22nd Seeds Planted Now Will Grow Poorly And Yield Little. (pick up old fruit, trim calendula, spread compost as needed)
23rd-24th Good Days For Planting Root Crops. Good Days For Transplanting. (plant some carrots and radishes)
25th-27th Seeds Planted Now Tend To Rot In The Ground. (clean up old fruit, check cardboard around trees, trim flowers)
28th-29th Fine Planting Days For Fall Potatoes, Turnips, Onions, Carrots, Beets, And Other Root Crops. Also Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens. Good Days For Transplanting. (plant some flower seeds and root seeds)
30th A Most Barren Period, Best For Killing Plant Pests, Or Doing Chores Around The Farm. (clean up around base of fruit trees, snails out of raised beds)


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