So, many of you will know Larrys favorite wood is walnut, you have seen the slabs he is selling, but what do you know of the walnut tree???
Well in my foreign ignorance i only know of walnuts from Xmas time and Lindas cooking. I always figured those were the only walnuts, now i know known as English walnuts, yeah trust the English to name something again.😉
So this past summer Larry stopped by with Randi for a really nice enjoyable few day visit. Well while he was here i said we have strange squirrels they eating neighbors green tomatoes, to which i went and hauled out my revolver pelet gun intent on pot shotting the thieves, lol.
Dont worry the critters are safe, i doubt that thing could reach them never mind aim it right. Lol
Well something some might not know is Larry is also a seasoned woodsman, was going to call him Bushman, but thats a group of people that wear one heck of a lot less clothes and live in Khalahari Desert and they half his height but maybe even more knowledgeable about the "bush" that him.
So Larry says squirrels dont eat green tomatoes show me what you talking about and he takes one look at this squirrel and laughs.
Then we walk down to bottom of yard and in the corner he points out the Walnut tree.
And we pick up one of these
This is a local walnut tree Nut in the fruit form.
Larry tells me and shows me how the outside friut will stain your hands and knife black and how back in the day they would gather these up in a sack and hang them outside in weather to dry up then crack and dig out the nut.
Well squirrels have been going crazy over these "green tomatoes" lol and they sit on branches very quickly chew the green fruit off and spit it out (this turns to a pile of droppings that looks rather odd if you come across it on the ground) then you will hear this crunch crunch knawing sound as they go about chewing through the green nut part.
So this is what the green nut looks like after a couple of months
Note have not seen one of these spare on the ground, for obvious reasons, so i had kept this one indoors,
This is what you will see on your grass after the critters have eaten the nut
They make a nice racket when the mower blades pick them up and whirl them around.
So if you see these around know that somewhere in your vicinity you must have walnut trees.
Jonathan must be overrun by squirrels given all the walnut trees that border his property. They must be pretty high in nutrition for the effort and way the critters fight over them and then tuck into them.
Just thought for those that dont live where walnut trees grow this is an interesting but of trivia.
By the way i ask Mr Woodsman what type of tree one of our trees was and sure enough he knew, its a mountain ash tree. Here even with the help of google images and books i thought it was something else but no mistaking real knowledge.