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De-husking honey-locust seed pods

 
Ionel Catanescu
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Hi all you hardworking people.

I am trying to put some fencing up on the land (it is cca. 1 mile long on the perimeter).
A "built" fence is a no-no (due do $$$) but a tree/shrub hedge is ok.

I have gathered seed for all kind of shrubs and trees for this purpose.
One of these is honeylocust (Gleditsia Triacanthos).

Now, for a mile long hedge i need a lot of locust seed. But my place is full of these trees so i'm ok.
But the seeds are kept well in those huge pods.

I have no idea how to remove (on a large scale) the seeds from the pods.

Anyone has any idea ?

Thanks
 
elle sagenev
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Ionel Catanescu wrote:Hi all you hardworking people.

I am trying to put some fencing up on the land (it is cca. 1 mile long on the perimeter).
A "built" fence is a no-no (due do $$$) but a tree/shrub hedge is ok.

I have gathered seed for all kind of shrubs and trees for this purpose.
One of these is honeylocust (Gleditsia Triacanthos).

Now, for a mile long hedge i need a lot of locust seed. But my place is full of these trees so i'm ok.
But the seeds are kept well in those huge pods.

I have no idea how to remove (on a large scale) the seeds from the pods.

Anyone has any idea ?

Thanks


I've been collecting them and all I do is wait until they are dry and crumble them up a bit. Seeds tend to fall out.
 
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The seeds are very hard and almost impossible to damage, plus they tend to want a bit of scarification (which is to say, a few nicks and abrasions is a good thing) for easy germination.

So what I would do (if you have a lot) is put the pods (when they are dry and black) in a big plastic bucket and then just stomp up and down on them with the end of a piece of firewood. The pods will break up and most of the seeds will just fall out.

Here is a thread with more information on getting those seeds to germinate once you've separated them: http://www.permies.com/t/12091/plants/Planting-Honey-Locust-seed
 
Ben Brownlow
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We have a rusty cast iron pot that we smash the seed pods in with a pestle (just a chunk of wood, really). We also pack 'em in a pillow case or burlap sack and let our five year old beat it with a stick. We do this to supplement our poultry feed, but goats will just eat them pod and all.
 
klorinth McCoy
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What about an improvised rock tumbler?

A solid bucket with a tight lid that can be flipped on its side and then rolled. Fill half of it with pods and some rocks. If it's put on rollers you can roll it so that the rocks break the pods and knock the seeds out. This should abrade the seeds at the same time.

If they don't tumble well enough just add a couple 1/4" thick strips of wood on the inside to bounce the rocks more.

If the seeds are already removed you could abrade them with small gravel. It should scuff all sides of the seeds evenly.
 
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Ionel Catanescu wrote:I have no idea how to remove (on a large scale) the seeds from the pods.

Anyone has any idea ?


Plant the pods with the seeds still inside. The species knows how to get the seeds out of the pods and germinated without human labor.

 
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