For the first time in my life, I have time to start growing a vegetable garden and I also want to plant many hazelnut trees/shrubs/trubs. TN forestry sells them in season but please, how big is a seedling?
We would like something that could start producing within a couple to a few years. I would like quite a few trees. This is all new to me as I moved to the mountains on June the 9th. Anyone's help and guidance will be greatly appreciated.
Walter Jeffries wrote:We have hazelnuts but they're trees. It would take decades to get to their size. I would suggest planting some as well as apples and what ever other fruits do well in your climate. But also plant annuals and perennials like asparagus.
The annuals are your near time crop, the thinks like raspberries and asparagus soon, tree crops long term.
I have planted during spring break 8 blueberries, 5 raspberries, 14 fruit trees ( 4 apples, 2 peaches, 2 pears, 2 or 4 plums, 2 cherries). We also have many wild blackberries. I have been walking around and I believe I have 3 hickory trees and 2 young black walnut trees.
I have also started a late raised garden which is growing.
Last but not least, we have 6 chickens, 2 pygmy goats for fertilizer and 5 rabbits, not counting 1 cat and 3 dogs.
We have tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, beans, snow peas, zucchini, squash growing and some herbs. I have never thought about the asparagus. I remember once, 20 years ago, I had bought some and cooked it for ever and never could quite eat it!
How long does the hazelnut tree take to grow to a fruit producing size?
I think I might have a couple growing wild...but the leaves have a weird thing in the middle like a wart...
first 2 hazelnut I believe
3rd black walnut?
pictures 1 and two appear to be hazelnuts
they usually take 4-5 years to have nuts
they cam be grown as a single stem tree or as a multistem bush
they can be coppiced (cut down the stems and new ones will sprout) and used as poles, walking sticks. etc
the third picture is a black walnut
the fourth is a hickory, maybe a pignut hickory
a tree identification book, like "Peterson Field Guide -Eastern Trees" is well work the investment
ONly 4 of the 6 have nuts on them, I got 4 from one nursery and 2 from another also neighbor put in two from arbor day..so we have some cross pollination.
Mine are in what someone on the other (permie) thread called the ravioli stage..here in Michigan, the first nuts that they have produced so I'm excited, but yeah, they produced really fast..I'm thinking of taking cuttings from these trees and moving them out into other areas of the property as well...after I see how good the nuts are that they produced this year
I just finished picking up my fifth bag of hazelnuts from two trees. I like using the net bag you get oranges in. these allow plenty of air for the nuts to dry.
the trees are about 20 years old.
mr squirrel throws them on the ground and I pick them up.
I leave plenty for him and his friends the chipmonks , bluejays and others
I have a third tree closer to the woods which I pretty much leave to them.