Friday, November 3, 2017

Emptied out the hazelnut nursery

28 hazelnuts planted along the old barn foundation...about one every 20 inches.

Two of them had egg masses.  I think they are Praying Mantis eggs.
Three of them had catkins.

This is how mass selection works.  You plant them very close together.  In fact, you plant them so close together that they are almost too close to bear.

Then you cull, and cull and cull some more.  Any excuse is good enough to give them a dose of Chainsaw-a-mycin.  Two years of average or below average production?    Slow to come into bearing?  Unpleasant membrane around the kernel?  Small nuts?  Disease problems?   Ying-ying-ity-ying.

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