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Seven years later…


These are cobnuts. They are a variety of hazelnuts (or filberts, if you prefer). They aren’t dried, though — they’re served wet in their little wrappers, so they’re only available from about August to October.

Love me some cobnuts. Uncle B planted a cobnut tree not long after we moved in. It’s grown into a lovely, full, bushy thing. Healthy? Fer sure. Productive? Not so much.

This is our entire cobnut crop for 2015.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 2, 2015, 9:32 pm

Ha! Never believe a weasel!

I think there may be another three or so, lurking in the leaves. Assuming the mice don’t get them during the night.

Sometimes gardening can be all pain.

Comment from mojo
Time: September 3, 2015, 12:30 am

A sexually frustrated cobnut tree? Oh, the horror.

Comment from Nina
Time: September 3, 2015, 1:20 am

No cobnuts, but I sure have a lot of tomato greenery. Not a lot of tomatoes, but we are getting to the end of the season.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: September 3, 2015, 2:18 am

Remember, the important thing is quality, not quantity.

Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: September 3, 2015, 2:20 am

No cobnuts but I have had a bumper crop of maters this year. Decided on horse poo instead of cow doo. Not sure if that made the difference or if it was the extra wet spring.

Comment from BJM
Time: September 3, 2015, 2:52 am

Lots of healthy growth/green foliage and few fruit/nuts usually means an overabundance of nitrogen. Do a soil test and balance the soil in the spring at bud break with the appropriate N-P-K formula…if this is Greek (I’m assuming it may be, otherwise never mind) then read this…or ask at a local nursery…they love to geek out on this kinda stuff.

>Surly…it’s the horse poop fer sure. I switched from cow or chicken manure a couple years ago when we moved to horse country. Next week I’ll till in a crop of fava bean plants, some wheat straw mulch from the summer beds and composted horse manure to set up beds for winter planting. Sea kelp is terrific too if you can get it.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: September 3, 2015, 5:57 am

We planted hazelnuts this year. One of the things that was with the information about the plants is that to get them to bear you need to plant at least 2 of them in fairly close proximity. That may be the problem.

As for the use of horse manure, I am dubious. Around here the folklore [and it seems to hold true] is that horse manure has too much salt in it. I use composted cow.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 3, 2015, 12:41 pm

SB is right – it’s a pollination problem. In theory we have sufficient wild hazels around to handle the job but it hasn’t worked out that way.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: September 4, 2015, 12:17 am

Apparently there was a bumper batch of sloes this year. Homemade sloe gin is one of the most delicious substances known to man.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: September 5, 2015, 5:53 am

Bad season for fruits of all sorts, this year. No cherries at all on the tree in the back garden, even the alpine strawbs didn’t do well.

Only the small potted Victoria plum produced a reasonable crop, but they were small compared to last year. Didn’t even bother with tomatoes!

*sighs* There’s always next year.

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