Wednesday, October 3, 2007

buckeye tree

We built the house we are living in about 35 years ago. Since I did the landscaping I wanted to have a buckeye tree because of living in Ohio. The tree was 6 foot high when I planted it. It towers over the house now. Buckeyes are a slow growing tree so it is a strong tree. The tree loses it leaves at the end of August but this happened a little later this year.

Here are the buckeyes in their shell before they drop from the tree. a few leaves are still on the tree but the green color is fading.

There are a lot of buckeyes on the ground. The squirrels are normally stocking up there trees homes for the winter. They also bury the buckeyes for later and I get new little trees growing in the spring. I gave Jedi some buckeyes when he was up north for the marathon.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I wonder all the time what it's like to be in one place a long time. Looks like you have a nice "homestead" that's cozy.

What are you supposed to do with buckeyes? They kind of look like hazelnuts.

More importantly, what camera did you use to take these pictures? Very nice.

Do you have any fish recipes? That's not something I'm good at cooking. I can cook everything else, but not fish. I just end up with my usual butter, lemon, salt and pepper, and I never branch out and experiment.

fishing guy said...

anonymous One thing you don't do with buckeyes is eat them. They are poisonous to humans. They make a nice decoration and my grandkids take them to school to pass out. The tree grew more buckeyes this year then ever before.
I use an older camera for my posting. It is a Sony Mavica with a low resolution compared to today’s cameras. These pictures are 60 to 105 kb. You can get the camera used on E-bay and they are quite reasonable. I don't think they make them any more.
I'll give you my favorite pan fish recipe. Take your fillet and dip it in a mixture of egg and butter milk. Next you coat it in a mixture of parmesan cheese and Italian bread crumbs. Fry the fish until golden brown in olive oil and butter. This makes the fish taste mouth watering.

jedijawa said...

Yeah, eating Buckeyes would be bad ... unless it's the chocolate variety. :-)

It's a cool tree and good for the grandkids to climb around in ... and hide easter eggs in as well.

fishing guy said...

jedi
Yes, chocolate buckeyes are good to eat and we have them every Christmas.
You are sure right about the grandkids climbing the tree. They really enjoy going through the branches. They like collecting the buckeyes and sharing them at school.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe! I printed it and and have to shop for the stuff.

I'll let you know how it turns out. I can't picture what buttermilk would taste like for fish, but I'll give it a try.

fishing guy said...

anonymous
Don't worry about the buttermilk taste, it's not really that strong. If you don't like it, I think you will, substitude regular milk for the buttermilk and try again.

Anonymous said...

well thats kool now i actually know what they look like. every thursday our football team goes to gather them and water from the creek by our school its like a ritual for good luck but i didnt know what they looked like so ive never found one

Anonymous said...

Is it possible to grow a buckeye tree without a seed, like you can do with a plant by clipping off some of the follage??? My grandparents have a buckeye tree and I want to grow one from that exact tree, but the squirrels eat all the nuts before the mature.

fishing guy said...

I would imagine you could grow from a cutting but the squirrels bury the nuts for the next year and each Spring I could start a farm of trees from the yard and flower beds. I always collect nuts from the trees when the squirrels start harvesting from the tree.

Anonymous said...

Will a seed that has not matured, meaning that it still white and not brown, grow?

fishing guy said...

The Buckeye has to be fully matured to be able to produce a tree. You may be able to find a nut just as it matures. I sometimes cut them open early to see when they are ready for the grandkids. Whenever they split themselves you know that they are mature.