5 tips to a good nut harvest
NUTS ARE ready in autumn and need to be collected daily as they drop. Leaving them on damp ground causes mould to grow, affecting storage and taste. SPREAD NUTS to dry in a shady but well-ventilated space – an old wire-weave bed frame is ideal. NUTS CAN be stored in an airy, rat-proof container but can go rancid after a couple of months, so the best way to keep them is to shell them and freeze the kernel to retain freshness. THE BEST home-made cracker I have seen is an attachment for a drill that is adjustable for a range of nuts. Google ‘drill cracker’. SHELLS MAKE great kindling or mulch, and prickly chestnut burrs can be used to deter dogs from digging (and probably rabbits too).