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    Black walnuts don’t seem to crack on their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plate plinker View Post
    Black walnuts don’t seem to crack on their own.
    when the Squirrels bury them in my garden, they start cracking (as they germinate, LOL)...then the dang squirrels dig 'em up and make a mess...it seems the squirrels in my neighborhood dislike to do the work to crack 'em open.

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    Thanks for the information! I used a channellock pliers to crack 20 or more and had only a few that weren't dry from end to end. Now we have Black Walnut scones with fresh cranberries in the oven.
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    I had most of an old shopping cart full with a window screen wired fast on top, till the squirrels found them. When I went to the garage to get some to crack, all I had left were hulls. The smart alecks ate the goodies through the cart wires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mold maker View Post
    I had most of an old shopping cart full with a window screen wired fast on top, till the squirrels found them. When I went to the garage to get some to crack, all I had left were hulls. The smart alecks ate the goodies through the cart wires.
    I had a prolific Butternut tree, til about 10 years ago, when it died and I cut it down. The Butternut is quite similar to the black walnut...I think the trees are closely related. The Squirrels love them both. While the outer hull of the butternut doesn't "stain" like a Black walnut, the Butternut hull, when fresh, is sticky with the stickiest stuff that smells like eucalyptus...it doesn't wash off, I'd wear gloves to pick the nuts, then throw away the gloves.

    I would put the nuts in a cage made from two old window screens and leave them out in the snowy Minnesota weather for the hulls to dry up and fall off the shell, if I didn't watch close, the squirrels would chew through the screens. I miss that Butternut tree, it provided more squirrel meat than anyone could imagine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonB_in_Glencoe View Post
    when the Squirrels bury them in my garden, they start cracking (as they germinate, LOL)...then the dang squirrels dig 'em up and make a mess...it seems the squirrels in my neighborhood dislike to do the work to crack 'em open.
    You must have liberal progressive socialist Squirrels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonB_in_Glencoe View Post
    I had a prolific Butternut tree, til about 10 years ago, when it died and I cut it down. The Butternut is quite similar to the black walnut...I think the trees are closely related. The Squirrels love them both. While the outer hull of the butternut doesn't "stain" like a Black walnut, the Butternut hull, when fresh, is sticky with the stickiest stuff that smells like eucalyptus...it doesn't wash off, I'd wear gloves to pick the nuts, then throw away the gloves.

    I would put the nuts in a cage made from two old window screens and leave them out in the snowy Minnesota weather for the hulls to dry up and fall off the shell, if I didn't watch close, the squirrels would chew through the screens. I miss that Butternut tree, it provided more squirrel meat than anyone could imagine.

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