Round the garden in 80 days #37

Catkins. I really hadn’t expected my hazel trees to produce any catkins this year as they are only three years old.

I’m certainly very excited. Does this mean that the trees could produce nuts from them? And if so, when would the nuts appear?

Although there are squirrels nearby, I’ve never seen them venture into my garden, or the neighbouring gardens. Unless the rat I once saw eating windfall apples was in fact a squirrel. But I have no idea if squirrels would eat apples.

NB After writing this post, I found the following article on the Permaculture Magazine website, which partially answers my questions: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/essential-guide-hazel

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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7 Responses to Round the garden in 80 days #37

  1. The article suggests you will get nuts

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    Squirrels do eat apples and I have seen them hide them for later.

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Nuts will ripen in September or thereabouts. Good Luck.

  4. Clare Pooley says:

    We have hazels in our garden and I love to watch the catkins develop in the spring. Once the male catkins start to get fatter and change to a yellow colour you can then start to look for the tiny female flowers on those buds I see on your hazel branches. If they are pollinated then that is where your hazel nuts will grow. We have been unable to have any of the hazels off our trees because the squirrels always get there first!

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