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I raked a million acorns last night as they continue to fall off the Pinoak tree

I raked a million acorns last night. There are still more to rake as they continue to fall off the Pinoak tree. I was wearing my flip-flops. The acorns and grass kept getting under my feet in-between my flip-flops and feet. I had to just keep on raking. I had to get most of it in one single pile near a cement area at the foot of the back steps. I got a lot raked up and picked them mostly by hand and put them in a trash can and loaded bags of garbage on top of the pile of acorns and grass and sticks that were covering half the lawn just beneath that Pinoak. I had a bad year with trying to grow vegetables in the back yard because the Oak keeps attracting the local squirrels.

It takes patience to grow a garden but no amount of good effort and patience will help if squirrels come around and eat all the things I am trying to grow. I have to save up to buy chicken fence wire or whatever is cheap to nail to a frame that will be made of 2 by 2 pine boards about 4 feet long and make a kind of cage that I can anchor down and remove when the tomatoes and other cantelopes and such get growing next summer. I have to buy more lumber, more nails or screws and maybe make a large one that has a door that will be a screen door that I can go inside and out to get at the plants and keep those darn squirrels and birds away from my veggies. I want so much to succeed at this that I am willing to buy more lumber, nails and screws, and plenty of either basic screen wire or chicken fence I think one is as good as the other. I have to find a place in the yard ahead of time, that is going to get plenty of sunshine, then slowly draw up the plans to construct my garden cage, so to speak.

It will be basically a cubed or box shaped enclosure that will allow full growth of the tomatoes and the cucumbers that I know I can grow in this gumbo soil that is so common here in Dallas, TX.

I can add decayed leaves, raked and piled in a compost pile over the winter and add some peat moss or whatever to it to make it break down and mix it all up to pour into a nice bed of topsoil after basically digging up and removing a foot deep layer of black gumbo that is practically useless to grow anything more than wild grass and weeds.

Then maybe next summer will be better for me and the garden might just be one I can be able to eat from.

here is a link to an image that is about the same thing I want to build for my back yard garden enclosure. LOOK AT THIS

I hope I can build it and be proud of it after. I might even get help with making it work. This is a good thing for me to focus on over the winter for next spring. It will help me be positive and motivate me to save some money for it. I need something to motivate me and I think this project is a good idea.

As to what to do with or where to put all those acorns, besides dumping them in the trash can, I still might need to look into some alternatives about what can be done to use acorns as a form of mulch material of sorts, perhaps get a grinder that will make it all good compost? It's just a thought. If I wanted to buy a grinder I would try to get one like this: LOOK AT THIS

Image Credit » pen icon by Anthony Davis, author of this post.

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MegL wrote on September 3, 2017, 5:47 PM

I believe acorns have been ground and used as coffee or flour. They are edible.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 3, 2017, 11:01 PM

Not my cup of tea. I was told that just eating the acorn can cause kidney damage so for that reason I lost interest in them a long time ago. I do not know this as fact but I do know there is no market for the sale of these type nuts in any store I have ever shopped in.

MegL wrote on September 4, 2017, 5:37 PM

There is a site in America, based in Vermont, that sells pin oak acorns at $4 a pound weight. They are advertised as squirrel bird and deer food and also as suitable for crafts.

BarbRad wrote on September 17, 2017, 4:16 PM

WE have an oak tree across the street. The acorns blow into my flower beds and hide under my oleander bushes where they sprout. Then one day I notice the top of a young oak rising above my oleanders.

As for the garden, it was ground squirrels that destroyed mine. They made a game of it. Every day they would cut a mature bearing tomato plant off at almost ground level. I had only protected the raised beds from beneath. Took me some time to discover what was killing my plants. If your squirrels are ground squirrels, you need to protect them from below, too. Do you see any holes approximately four inches in diameter anywhere near your garden?