I posted a few weeks ago about daughter moving......
Well - while mowing and tidying up the back yard they found it was not going to be an easy task to mow in the Fall. They are now the owners of 4 pecan trees, 1 large black walnut, and a hickory nut tree.
Thrilled over the pecan trees ( looking forward to pecan pies, spiced pecans, etc.), as long as they can beat the squirrels to the harvest.
Future pecan pie...
The black walnut tree?
After they realized the amount of work involved, the hulls and shells staining everything they touch, resulting in the small amount of actual nut meat recovered - they now have someone else coming to claim them.
The hickory nut tree? Well, the squirrels will benefit from that one.
The area where the sun is shining - there are plans for a garden come Spring.
Have a feeling they need to research what not to plant as certain creatures will love to dine on the fruits of their labor. Yep! I am talking about deer, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, etc. !!
ETA: Thanks Rita for the comment about not planting tomatoes anywhere near the walnut tree. I looked it up and found there are many things that won't survive/do well under/around the trees and am passing this info on to my daughter. Could not find a way to thank you by email or a blog, so hope you see this.
After visiting around the "land of blogs" and admiring everyone's Fall decor, thought I might get with the program and add a few touches of Fall around.
Did it the frugal way as used items already had, except for the 3 largest ornamental gourds sitting on the mirror. Added a bit of Fall color outside also, but will wait and take pics when the squirrels are not feasting on hickory nuts and bombarding everyone and everything below with the shells.
The leaves have not started turning in this area yet, however, the sky definitely has the look of Fall. It has the crisp, beautiful blue, with a few white, puffy clouds floating by - so pretty. Only 68 as I sit here typing.
The squirrel population started their "dining al fresco" in the hickory nut tree late this year. Usually they start around mid August, but for some reason they did not start until a couple of weeks ago, so it is officially "hard hat season" around here. I am guessing since we had such a strange weather pattern this last Spring and Summer, the nuts were slower maturing than normal (just a guess). Anyway, the squirrels are making up for lost time, and judging by the size of the mess they leave at the end of the day they have invited their friends in from other neighborhoods to dine with them.
So what did I do on such a beautiful Fall day ? Stayed in most of day as allergies went into overdrive, put out a bit of Fall decor (finally), and made soup.
Made it a little different this round - used some frozen meatballs instead of ground beef that I season myself. That was a mistake and after eating a bowl of the soup, I took the remaining meatballs out of the pot of soup, and added a couple hands of pasta. I had used a few of the meatballs out of the package a while back and did not care for the taste, but thought maybe in a pot of soup they would be ok - NOT! Make note to self: Self - Do not buy that brand again. Also, used a package of frozen vegetable soup mix (already seasoned), and don't think I will do that again either. Package said seasoning/spices added, I missed reading the sodium content when bought it, and also suspect they included red pepper flakes - hence the reason for adding some pasta to tone it down a bit.
End result: Edible, but certainly not the best soup I have made.
Hoping the weather was as beautiful in your area today as it was here.
Have a great week! Glenda