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gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 19 4:59 pm    Post subject: Hazelnuts or Cobnuts  Reply with quote    

Which two varieties should do well in West Wales (inland from Borth) to get nuts?
I understand that two genetically different ones are needed for pollenation.
Daughter has just moved and has a decent garden!

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44282
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 19 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you have squirrels don’t bother

I’ve got pretty much every variety available in the uk, can’t say there’s much difference in cropping

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 19 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nut plumped squizzer, yum.

bbq'ed with a fruit sauce.

tis worth a go just as bait if you do have squizzers

derbyshiredowser



Joined: 11 Feb 2007
Posts: 850
Location: derbyshire
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 19 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
If you have squirrels don’t bother



Just because they ate your cars

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 19 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd almost forgotten about that

derbyshiredowser



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Location: derbyshire
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 19 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
I'd almost forgotten about that


I hadn't I'm watching one eyeing up my Golf at the moment.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 19 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tree rats with PR! I don't know about different varieties, but the natural ones in both our garden and the woods are producing well at the moment. So far no sign of squigges in the garden, but plenty of evidence of them in the woods. Perhaps it is time to take the air gun with us and bag a few for the pot.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 6643
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 19 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
nut plumped squizzer, yum.

bbq'ed with a fruit sauce.

tis worth a go just as bait if you do have squizzers


Except that DD & family are veggie...

gray_b



Joined: 24 Jun 2011
Posts: 243
Location: Leafy Shires of the Midlands
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 19 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just picked up on this topic.

I can concur with Tahir about squirrels. I have shot, trapped loads of squirrels this year. And I still have the same amount as I had at the start of the year.

I have a 100m line of hazels and they start at one end and gradually work their way down, night after night. Trouble is the hazels at that stage do not dry out well, as they are not fully grown. They all shrivel up, could with another month of growing to make the kernels more harder.

When they have cleared that row, they start on me walnuts then onto my sweet chestnuts.

Its costing a fortune in cartridges and bait.

If I had got red squirrels I would not mind at all.

Mind you I am feeding the buzzards and foxes with them, which are a good thing. As they keep the mice population down.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 19 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I am glad to say I got a reasonable number of hazelnuts from the garden this year. Only seen one squige there, but lots up in the woods. You could try eating the squiges grey_b. Leave part for the buzzards. Sons lecturer at college held a squirrel soiree one evening-got the gamekeeper students to provide the squirrels and did a number of dishes including curry out of the meat. I believe the back legs are the only bits really worth having, so let the buzzards have the rest.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 19 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the back legs and saddle are the best bit

my easy prep methods is to sever squizzer just below the ribcage, hold by back feet and "whip" to empty abdomen with a quick flick, peel trousers ,cut through ankles.

with a machete,axe or other serious cutting tool it takes seconds to do.

only on downsizer and gardeners question time etc

bbq is ok with a young one but adults need a good boiling.

if well marinaded(and preferably frozen and thawed)they make an ok jerky but unless you had hundreds it aint worth the bother.

stewed is ok as is boiled and used in a meat n veg dish.

ps some have vermin and many have a decent bacterial/viral challenge so avoid the issues of those by the usual means of handling bushmeat.

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