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Pecan trees

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Years ago, homesteads would have pecan trees planted rows in various places around the farm.  Now these trees are reduced to a rarity. If you see an empty field, with a bunch of old pecan trees planted in rows, chances are an old homestead used to be there years ago. The old timers would collect the pecans and eat then through the winter. These are an excellent long lasting, easily store able food.

If you ever eat a fresh pecan, you will realize how nasty the packaged pecans from the store really are. Home made pecan pie is hard to beat. Well, you can not beat it.

The pecans have started falling, so its time to pick em and put em up. The pecan grows inside of a larger shell. The shell splits open and the pecan will fall out.

These pictures were taken at a local fair. The county court house (where the fair was held) has close to 2 dozen big pecan trees around it.

Fertilize pecan trees in the early spring with 13-13-13 around the outside edge of the limbs – also known as the “Drip Line.” Or spread some manure around the drip line instead of commercial fertilizer.

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Pecan Trees

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Between fall and early spring there is a time period where hardly any crops can be grown. This is where the Pecan Tree comes in.

The Pecans will usually ripen around late October – early November, and when stored in a cool dry place will stay good for months. Unlike fruit trees such as apple, fig and peach, pecans do not have to be canned, preserved or frozen. Just keep them dry, cool and they will stay good for a long time. This makes them an excellent stock for winter storage.

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