Agriculture

A Bountiful Filbert Harvest

The filberts are here! This is after I washed them. Can you spot the one with the mouse hole in it?

The mice got 10%. The rest, rescued from the lilac, the tomatoes, the nectarine, the potatoes, the rainwater tank screen, the grapes, the irises, the welsh onions, the cucumbers and some nightshade that insists on living here, adds up to 2.25 kilos.

All right, another one with a mouse hole!

I don’t know if that’s good for one bush or not, but I’m thrilled. Christmas baking, here we come!

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  1. Harold, please tell me how you get them before the Squirrels strip them off the tree? They seem much better attuned to ripeness than I am, and so I am always outdone by them… what’s your technique?

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    • I am lucky. No squirrels. The magpies concentrate on the dog food in the neighbourhood. And we have no blue jays either. Too grassy, all in all. The mice gnaw into the nuts, but it’s a job for them, so they don’t get too far too fast. Decades ago in the Similkameen, at Brushy Bottom, we picked our filberts early, when they were full-sized but still green in the husk, just starting to brown at the tips. Then dried them in a warm place until brown, a slow process, but the nuts were good, and we beat the squirrels and jays. This might work for you, too.

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