One Step Closer to Being a Hazelnut Farmer

I don’t know why this whole “growing hazelnuts” thing has me so on edge. Okay, I do know a little bit. I have been feeling like a total gardening failure this year. Everything needs to be desperately weeded. I don’t have the gumption to do it. I just can’t get a handle on what to do to make the sunny side of the big bed work, and until I do, it’s a weeding nightmare. And I can’t get poppies to grow, which makes me sad.

And every other day I go out and water the two sticks I planted in the ground last week, looking for any signs of life. I have a million reasons why I’m fucking this up. I soaked the roots, but only for an hour and not the two the directions recommended because I was rapidly losing daylight and wanted to plant them. Maybe I should be watering them once a day because they’re so young, but maybe every other day is too much because they supposedly like well-drained soil and I’ve stuck them in a wet spot (though other sources say they like wet spots, like, oh, you know the whole Pacific Northwest, where they’re grown commercially). Maybe I wasted a bunch of money because you can’t grow hazelnuts here anyway.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but if you find the white clover blossom and then look down the stick, you will see two buds. I have a little confidence this morning that it is going to leaf. The other one is a little further behind, but it, I think, seems to have a couple of smaller buds.

I will feel better once they have some leaves. I feel like leaves on a tree is a good sign everything is working how it should. You can monitor leaves, you know? Check for signs of health or unhappiness. This whole “water this stick” part is a little nerve-wracking.

10 thoughts on “One Step Closer to Being a Hazelnut Farmer

  1. If you have buds, it sounds like you are OK. I would try clearing a little more around your trees so that the other plants don’t take all the nourishment from the soil.

  2. Those are just weeds! My arch nemesis, weeds! I’m planning on getting some mulch this weekend and giving both hazelnuts a big ring of woodchips.

  3. I can’t offer you advice now, but in a few years I will be full of tips for you about eating hazlenuts.

  4. I’m excited! I mean, eating them raw and toasted, I’ve got covered. I’m looking forward to putting them in brownies, too, and I read on the internet that homemade hazlenut butter is much yummier than peanut butter. But I’m curious to see what else we might come up with.

    The funniest part was that one website warned “hazelnuts attract wild turkeys, which are dangerous.” I’d be delighted to see turkeys that close to the house.

  5. You can also grind them up to make flour and make torten. Yummy! (The nuts, not the turkeys, though I’m sure they’re delicious in their own way.)

  6. No wonder the turkeys get so vicious about them! They’re taking the hazelnuts back to their kitchens to make torten! It all makes sense now.

    Also, I have to think that a turkey with a heavily hazelnutted diet would be delicious.

  7. I’ve grown up with hazelnut hedges all over the place and they grow and like it here just fine. My great grandparents always kept a hazelnut hedge going and we collect them every year. Zero Maintainence. You will need patience though.

  8. What?! That is great news. I’m figuring three to five years before I get nuts. I was planning on shaping them like trees. Is it better to shape them like a bush?

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