Take Cover!


It's dangerous to walk through the back garden these days, and the above photo is the reason why. The squirrels are pillaging the black walnut trees, causing most of the nuts to come crashing to the ground. Sometimes there's a brief warning of the following onslaught if the hulls hit the roof of the garage first, but then they often ricochet into the yard. (The trees are too tall for me to take the hulls down myself.)

This box of black walnuts was collected earlier this week, but the yard is already filled with more. I'm trying to be diligent about collecting these hulls so the juglone that they contain does not leach into the soil. (I wrote more about black walnut trees earlier this year.) Random stems, leaves and these nut hulls are being put into the trash and not being composted.


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