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Old 01-27-2010, 03:03 PM   #31
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my discovery of Nutella is why I planted two filbert bushes a few years ago. Today, I checked my bushes......and one has sprouted its very first tassel thingies, 4 of them. So if a deer doesn't come along and eat them, I could have a whopping harvest this summer of four nuts....hardly enough to make anything, but I feel this bodes well for some future harvests..
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:15 PM   #32
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my discovery of Nutella is why I planted two filbert bushes a few years ago. Today, I checked my bushes......and one has sprouted its very first tassel thingies, 4 of them. So if a deer doesn't come along and eat them, I could have a whopping harvest this summer of four nuts....hardly enough to make anything, but I feel this bodes well for some future harvests..
Where did u get the filbert bushes? And I guess they are hardy enough to survive the winter ??
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:38 PM   #33
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We have 8 filbert bushes from the National Arbor Day Society. Last year's harvest was 1 1/2 pounds shelled for us and probably about the same for critters like the squirrels.
Nutella is too sweet for us and I think it contains vanillin and some sort of vegetable (peanut) oils in addition to the hazelnut's oil.
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So if a deer doesn't come along and eat them, I could have a whopping harvest this summer of four nuts.
Well if the deer does come along to eat them you will have a freezer full of venison, right?
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:41 PM   #35
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Where did u get the filbert bushes? And I guess they are hardy enough to survive the winter ??
I bought them from some place in Oregon, maybe the University of Oregon? I got a dessert filbert, and you need two different bushes to pollinate, I got a Lewis and a Clark.
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Well if the deer does come along to eat them you will have a freezer full of venison, right?
I wish it were that easy..I have no window that looks out on the filberts, so the deer nibble at ease there...we do get our fill of venison though....and there are ways to keep the deer from the filberts..
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18" plantings take about 5 years to bear fruit in any quantity or size. Our oldest bushes are about 15' high and 8' wide at their crowns. They're all planted 8' apart and provide a nice privacy screen in the summer. Younger deer nibble on low growing new shoots. Gray squirrels and chipmunks are the biggest threat. Worm infestation and fungal infection of nut pods can also be a problem.

Coarsely ground they're a great cookie ingredient. Due to high oil content, fine grinding can be a problem; unless you want hazel nut paste.
http://www.arborday.org/arborday/
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When I lived in Paris, I used to have Nutella crepes every week. I agree that it can get a bit sickly, but in moderation, mixed with bananas, strawberries or other fresh fruit it's delicious!
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