…I’m in a bit of a quandary. Do I keep the cobs and filberts as multi-stem stool (Suffolk style) or do I prune to a short leg tree (Kent style)?
On balance – I think I prefer the multi-stem. Quandary over.
Today, I have been harvesting the cobnuts.
Webb’s Prize Cob; Kentish Cob; Hall’s Giant and Ennis. Cosford and Gunslebert were added 2 winters back.
Hall’s Giant produced the largest nuts but Ennis was by far the best cropper.
On the advice of the RHS, I started to harvest once the husks turned from green to yellow though in some cases the casings had browned completely – the risk at this stage is that the nuts will drop and be lost in the grass.
Whilst I haven’t seen any evidence on the cobs, nut weevil can take hold and ruin the crop so come winter I will clear the ground around the trees and dig over so hopefully any grubs will be exposed. Happily the rampant squirrel(s), which stripped the old walnut of all this year’s crop, haven’t yet discovered the nuttery and the leaf damage by caterpillars this year was confined to one specimen with minimal impact.
We have a little bit of space at the end of the row to pop in a few more. I’m thinking about getting a couple of specimens of the Red Filbert, a variety that has young red leaves turning green later, and another US variety, Butler.
Better get searching the nurseries…