David Livingston wrote:I am a little confused here . You just put the basket as shown and the blighters fill it up for you ? [...] next to the tree far from the tree ?
Here at La Ravardiere they dig holes for the nuts?
Katrina Jones wrote:Here is a trick I read about enlisting help from the squirrels for harvesting. Place a few 5-gallon buckets filled with sawdust around the hazelnut shrubs/trees. The squirrels know which ones are good and harvest them. They will (hopefully) be inclined to bury them in the buckets of sawdust. You can then collect them for yourself, but be nice and leave some ears of non-GMO corn for them in the sawdust. I will be planting my hazelnuts next spring and will try this method. Let me know if it works for any of you.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I'm imagining long woven-willow tubes about 6" in diameter strapped to the trunk.
Are nuts clean after they've been harvested by squirels?
Robin Kyle wrote:I am planting 20 Hazelbert bushes this year on Urban plots as edible hedges, and am curious to know how much the squirrels are going to take, and if they are going to take it all what permaculture methods are there to deal with them?
Roberto pokachinni wrote:...Anyway, I got a lot of nuts that year, but they were all under-ripe. I had to roast them well to make them palatable.
Pj Richardson wrote:I was glad to see this forum started-but I’m afraid it has not encouraged me! I have 2 acres with mature hazelnut, hickory, walnut, pecan, chestnut, butternut and various fruit trees. The property is a little sylvan island in a sea of cow, horse and hay pasture. All squirrels come here to eat and I get ZERO nuts - except the bad ones of course. They are gone way before they are ripe. They will leave a few butternuts laying around until everything else but the buckeyes are gone but like them, apparently, I don’t find those very palatable.
If I get hungry enough I guess I’ll eat the squirrels but I am loving my plant based diet for now and have resigned myself to ordering nuts online :^(