Nuts

Brown wormy things hanging from pecan branch

Q: We have a ton of these little things falling off our pecan trees this year. More than I’ve seen in the last six years. Does it mean anything? A: It means your pecan tree wants to have sex! The...

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Great videos on how our food grows

Wondering how to conduct another day of at-home schooling? If you are looking for a fun activity for kids (and adults!) these short videos explain how common foods are grown. Watch them with the kids…or assign one for a child...

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Where To Find Virginia Peanuts?

Q: Do you know where to locally purchase Virginia peanuts to plant in my garden?  A: Jimmy Adams at Adams-Briscoe Seed (abseed.com) in Jackson says he can supply a couple of different varieties in homeowner quantities. He is quick to...

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How To Plant White Oak Acorns

Q: I have recently collected some white oak acorns. What is the correct way to plant them? A: The best time to plant white oak acorns is in fall immediately after you collect them because they sprout so quickly. In...

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When To Harvest Peanuts

Q: I grew a row of peanuts for the first time this year but I don’t know when to harvest them.  A: You need to combine three observations to reach the conclusion that your peanuts are ready to harvest. The...

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When Will Lone Filbert Nut Tree Mature?

Q: I harvested one lone filbert nut on my tree. When will the tree mature and give me more?  A: Congratulations! You have accomplished the typical yield from a single filbert tree. The reason is that filberts (and hazelnuts) have...

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Filbert bush needs pollinator

Q: I harvested one lone filbert nut on my tree. When will the tree mature and give me more? A: Congratulations! You have accomplished the typical yield from a single filbert tree. The reason is that filberts (and hazelnuts) have...

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Starting A Dunstan Chestnut Orchard

Q: I’m in the planning phase of starting a large Dunstan chestnut orchard. Is there anyone to help me in the process? One issue I need to address is irrigation.  A: Few people alive remember the billions of American chestnut...

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Sunflower Hulls Disappear Under Bird Feeder

Q: For 15 years I fed sunflower seeds to the birds in my Lawrenceville home and continually had to clean up the hulls under the feeders. I recently retired and moved to a home in Midway, Ga. I’m still feeding...

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Are Crushed Peanut Hull Granules Good For Amending Garden Soil?

Q: I have access to a lot of crushed peanut hull granules. This is the inert material that broadcast pesticides are eventually applied to. Would they be good for amending my garden soil? A: This material seems like a perfectly...

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Meat In My Pecans Are Soft/Rotten – What’s Wrong?

Q: My house has two giant pecan trees with lots of green pecans that have fallen off. I dried a tray of them but the nutmeats were soft or rotten. What am I doing wrong? A: Our unfortunate Georgia pecan...

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How Should We Collect Nuts From A Walnut Tree?

Q: My brother’s walnut tree has walnuts on the ground and some still on the tree. Should we knock the ones on the tree off and do a one time collection or collect them as they fall?  A: Collect them...

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Pecan Tree – When to Take Down

Q: During a storm one of the lower limbs broke off my pecan tree. What should I do to save my tree? A: If the tree were out in a field, away from people, I’d say leave it and let’s...

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Pecan Tree – Ways To Treat Pecan Scab

Q: I have a pecan tree that is suffering from pecan scab. I read where the only way to treat it is by spraying the whole tree. I can’t accomplish that. Is there an alternative?  A: There is not an...

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Pecans – Black Spots On Meat

Q: What causes black spots on the meat of pecans, and if they are small spots, are they edible? A: It’s likely feeding damage from stinkbugs. In August, the insects stick their hollow snouts through the shell into a pecan...

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Pecan Trees-Zinc Deficiency

Q: I have a twenty-foot-tall ‘Candy’ pecan. There’s a large ‘Stuart’ nearby. Last year the branch tips died back and there were no pecans. They all turned black when small. Does this sound like scab or maybe a zinc deficiency?...

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Tiger Nuts

Q: What are Tiger Nuts? I heard they are delicious. A: “Tiger Nuts” are the roasted tubers of the terribly invasive yellow nutsedge, Cyperus esculentus. Since they are roasted, if you accidentally drop one, it won’t germinate. I applaud any...

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Pecan Leaves – Using in a Vegetable Garden

Q: Are pecan leaves good to mulch a garden? The local Cub Scout pack will be raking leaves at our church and I was planning to put them on our community garden there.  A: It’s well-known that juglone, a chemical...

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