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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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Pears, Pears, Pears and Pearfection

This year is full of new adventures for us at 3 Moon Homestead. Our pear tree has produced enough pears to harvest and not just snack on as they fall or get picked. I have no idea when and how to harvest pears so I did an internet search and came across this page from Oregon State University.

Did you know that pears ripen from the inside out and the core will start deteriorating if you wait for pears to ripen on the tree? I didn’t.

Also, pears are supposed to be cooled down for a couple days before the ripening process. Again, I had no idea. So off the table and counter and into the fridge they go (along with my 50lbs of apples, lol, that disappointingly will not be turned into cider but have become a go-to for dutch apple pie, apple sauce, and snacks).

I’ve sadly discovered that all the fruit trees have bugaroos that like to make holes in them. Snacking is strongly encouraged in slices unless you don’t mind biting into “worm” poop or pieces. (Ewwww!)

Also, I think the plums are finally ripe so I’m actually going to start the plum wine process today.

Now what to do with the pears? I guess we’ll have to wait and find out how many pears I collect.

Lots of harvesting on this September 1st!

Sunday’s Spiced Plum Bread

If you have a ton of plums like me this time of year, you’re probably searching for something to do with them. Next Saturday, I’ll post about my first ever jam adventure. Today, I’m sharing about Spiced Plum Bread.

After reading the reviews, I made a couple of changes to the recipe. I used a cup of cut up fresh plums, instead of canned. I added a cup of our homemade homegrown apple sauce. I also changed out the all-purpose flour for some Oregon grown and locally milled Teff flour. I switched the amounts of the spices, cloves getting 1/4 teaspoon and cinnamon getting 1/2 teaspoon. Then I used pecans instead of walnuts, I bought these from the grower’s market.

I probably could have made two loaves but I filled up my bread tin to the top, hoping it would puff up nice and big. It didn’t puff up, but stayed right at the top of the bread tin.

This will be served with chai and the option to top with plum jam, goat cheese, cream cheese, or melted butter.

I still have a whole tree covered in plums so stay tuned for more plummy yummy.


Learning Left and Right

We have about thirty days until kindergarten begins!

Because I have been saying to myself that I will home school my little one over the Summer and Summer is almost over, I decided to finally get started.

I previously gave my little one an assessment from the K12 website. I used the “Semester 1: Assessment 1” test. This helped me have an idea of where we need to focus.

I decided to start with learning left and right.

This focuses on the Oregon 2007 Content Standard “K.2.3 Use basic shapes and spatial reasoning to describe and model objects in their environment, and to construct more complex shapes. (IXL)


the 2010 Oregon Common Core State Standards K.G.1 Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to. (IXL)

We began with a quick overview of left and right with our hands. I explained that our left hands make an “L” when we hold it up in front of us and put our thumb straight out to the side. This may take a bit of practice to identify if your child is still learning to write their letters in the correct direction (which mine is).

I quickly quizzed my child on which hand was the left hand and which was the right. Correcting, modeling, and giving positive encouragement each time.

We then played “Simon Says” using left and right directions. Toward the end of the game I made it more difficult by having the left hand touch the right ear and the right hand touch the left ear at the same time. This elicited some giggles as arms crossed over the face.

Next, we worked on some worksheets I printed off from Kids Learning Station. We did one identifying which animal was on the right and left and another worksheet that asked which way the animal faced.

Tomorrow, we will watch some videos I discovered on the Inspired by Kindergarten blog. One is called “Left and Right Machine – The Robot Song” and the other is called “Twist – Right and Left, Action Song for Children.” We will also trace our right and left hands to play a version of the counter game featured on the Inspired by Kindergarten blog. I will write more about that adventure tomorrow.

Hasta Manana