Jared shockey

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since Jun 19, 2017
Kentucky
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Thanks for posting!
8 months ago
I only deal with black walnuts on the small scale, so most of the work is done by hand, or foot in the case of "hulling" the whole thing.  I've found that my shoe can do a quicker job of getting the green hull off with a quick back and forth roll, once the covering starts to loosen anyway.  Then after curing, I remove the flavorful kernels with a hammer and anvil.  Sounds tedious and time consuming and it is... but it's the best way I've found to get them out without crushing and picking through the pieces and biting down on the occasional, incredibly hard, shell piece.  A nut pick is quite handy as well, a little practice and you'll get out enough for a snack in minutes.  The shell and nut thickness can differ from tree to tree (my favorite 2 trees are loaded this year).  Start with the pointy end up if you're going the old fashioned route at cracking like I do, it tends to separate the halves and quarters, rather than crush, just go easy with the hammer.  
1 year ago
I'm currently experimenting with zucchini transplants, one in a raised bed topped with leaf mulch from last fall, another in the tilled garden soil and one more in the same garden, without tilling, planted in a patch of white clover.  I added blood meal and top dressed with compost in each case and the clear leader at this point is the clover planting, it's much larger than the others and a darker green, with more female blooms than the others, so far.
1 year ago
I really enjoy your youtube videos and look forward to your inputs this week.  
2 years ago