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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:04 pm    Post subject: Walnuts?  Reply with quote

Following on from last nights Countryfile, has anyone got any experience or knowledge of growing them ? The chap on last nights programme had 14 acres of Walnut trees planted and although everything looked very professional, his hopes were pinned very much on global warming continuing to change the UK climate.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The farm where I keep the horse has several huge walnut trees. They always crop heavily and are utterly delicious and totally different to shop bought ones - milkier and sweet. They make BIG trees and seem to do well on deep rich soil. My neighbour has a tree and it has giant walnuts and it seeds grow very easily. The squirrels plant them in my containers! Love Lizzie
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

don't they take a long time to mature and "fruit"
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes bodger, the tree are relatively long in maturing before producing fruit. Where we were in france we had an orchard of them that was planted by the previous owner. If you plant them from seedlings they can take upto 8 yrs to fruit but grafted only take about three
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The trees on Countryfile had been in for ten years. Here's an idea of the amount of choice that there is available in this country.

http://www.frankpmatthews.com/species.aspx?speciesid=15
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

 mum has one in one of her chicken areas it must be about 10 years or so old but has fruited well for the last few years, very nice they are too, and it gives the chickens some much needed shade.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walnuts are lovely trees - smooth silver bark.  There were a few dotted over the college grounds, including one by the entrance to the tool store.  The trolley used to often bump into it and we'd grab any fallen nuts

They shouldn't be planted near apples as the roots give off a substance that repels their growth.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have black walnuts. They are slow to grow, will definitely stain your hands but can sometimes be useful catching fish.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:36 am    Post subject: Storing walnuts Reply with quote

We have about 6 trees 21 years old have fruited massivly for a number of years. We have a problem storing, whatever my husband does its never quite right. He has dried them in the rayburn and they are a bit bitter. I prefer them as is, any ideas they will be falling soon and want to get there before the tree rat that is descimating our cobs gets up there.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pickled Walnuts.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LynneA wrote:
Walnuts are lovely trees - smooth silver bark.  There were a few dotted over the college grounds, including one by the entrance to the tool store.  The trolley used to often bump into it and we'd grab any fallen nuts

They shouldn't be planted near apples as the roots give off a substance that repels their growth.


Thats some useful information to know Lynne.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pickle them....if I can ...believe me ...anyone can...

Few years back...working at a house...they Fell in my motor...chatting to the lads on the way home..mentioned them....
Following night...went in for me "Dust busters".. following night....Charles bought in a jar full.
1 pint later... ...
Following night went directly home...   ...Pickled a carrier bag full...

We had som good eveninks...leadin up to cwist mas...   honest......
Plus the " Badgers "...cwistmas night....      
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll tell you why I've dragged this thread back to the top in a minute but first of all, I must say that its sad to see our much loved Dig in Deeps post, he's still much missed but at the same time, its pleasant to remember just how much he enjoyed it here.
Secondly I have an admission to make. It was only over the weekend that I saw my first ever walnut trees in the flesh and in truth, I didn't know what they were. We were stopping in a Hoe Seasons lodge in Ashbourne on a nicely set out wooded site. There were lots of large mature trees and even more grey squirrels. They were carrying lots of what appeared to be green plum type fruits but when we found what turned out to be the walnut trees, beneath them we found that these green fruits had been broken into revealing that they were in fact walnuts.
I was very impressed, both by the size they were and just how many there were too. There were literally hundreds of nuts up in the canopy and it prompted me to look this thread up again. In order to get a harvest from them, squirrel and walnut casserole would definitely have to be on the menu.
I'm just going to look at how much young trees are to buy. I imagine that if they can be grown in Derbyshire then they could and should be OK here.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've refreshed the website from my old post for you. There really is a heck of a choice.

http://www.frankpmatthews.com/catalogue/walnut

And if I do decide to purchase some, I'm tempted to get some of these while I'm at it too.

http://www.frankpmatthews.com/catalogue/hazel
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But bodger if you are moving on you may not be on the small holding long enough to profit. Therefore is it worth investing?


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