Growing Chestnuts

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  1. minnikin1

    minnikin1 Shepherd

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    Does anybody have chestnut trees?
    I don't really mind if it's the oriental strain or the newly introduced American, I'm just trying to learn more about the reality of them.

    Like, how do get that luscious nut out of that sputnik looking hull?
    How do you do them in quantity, buy not so much that you can afford some specialized machinery?

    Where do they grow best for you? How long from planting to first harvest?

    I love them. the trees are quite magnificent to look at, too.
     
  2. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Under the spreading chestnut tree, the village smithy stands! Don't think he planted the tree. I guess somebody has to do it if they want a chestnut tree.
     

  3. patarini

    patarini Well-Known Member

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    Try the american chestnut foundation for info -- my sis is trying to start an illinois chapter and has spent all week hulling nuts from test plots!
     
  4. mama2littleman

    mama2littleman El Paso

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    I can't answer your questions, but I LOVE fresh roasted chestnuts! I still remember the ones I had at the Christmas Market in Alsace, France, it was an orgasmic experience.

    Nikki
     
  5. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    Uncle Will:

    The poem is based on an actual blacksmith shop in Cambridge, MA. It was cut down to widen the street. School children contributed to have some of the wood made into a large chair for Longfellow. After his death it was analyized and found not to be an American Chestnut, but an European Horse Chestnut.
     
  6. blufford

    blufford Well-Known Member Supporter

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