Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wordless Wednesday (almost!)

This year's crop of acorns is Way Too Abundant!

We can't justify the purchase of one of those monster riding vacuum/shredder/mowers. Our yard isn't large enough and we have way too many things (flower gardens, trees, etc.) to mow around. ;-) But, in two hours, I picked up three 5-gallon buckets of acorns. Not bad. I've one more area to go... but not this morning. Perhaps this early evening. Then, if they continue to fall, I can better keep up with them! :-)


Kathleen said...

What do you do with them after you gather them up?? I guess I'm so used to leaving things for wildlife I never thought about having too many! I have a burr oak in my front yard and I kept waiting for acorns (like yours) to form until my tree guy told me theirs are super small (I almost missed them) and are such a rare treat (in my zone) that they don't usually reach the ground.

Shady Gardener said...

Kathleen, The acorns are not finished falling, yet, and I now have five 5-gallon buckets full!! ha.

My original plan was to put them out on a woodland/prairie area we own. I still may do that. Otherwise, we could put them back in the ravine behind our house/woodland. (I don't really want to invite deer into my backyard, however...)

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

If that were my lawn, there wouldn't be any acorns left. You're squirrels need to get busy! We had tons of acorns on the lawn of the house where I grew up. I liked to play with their caps. But I've never heard of anyone sucking them up with a shop vac. That's too funny!

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Gail said...

We have a Burr Oak in our yard with the largest furry acorns...a real hazard for the mower. All that bending is good for our waists!


Shady Gardener said...

Gail! I look at it as Aerobic Exercise! ;-)

GardenAuthor said...

Now that's taking cleaning to a whole new level. Practical idea, though.

How about boxing them up and sending them here, to the east coast, to fill the hollow tummies of my backyard "pals?" Simon P. Squirrel and his mighty battalions would be delighted to be recipients of your largess. Can you imagine? They'd never, ever leave!

What happens on the prairie? Are the acorns eaten by wildlife? (We don't have any prairies in this neck of the woods!) ~ Deb

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Deb, If my husband would (kindly) take them to his prairie/woodlands, he could broadcast them to perhaps grow into trees. Or else, they'd be fodder for deer and/or squirrels, etc. I haven't cleaned the south and east sides of the yard yet. I noticed, while working outdoors yesterday, that I'd best be doing that!!!

Patsi said...

5 gallon buckets? Too Funny !!

I've been garden blog surfing.
I guess that's what you call it.
And I found yours again.
Very enjoyable.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Patsi, Thanks for visiting! By the way, my hubby took the buckets of acorns to the woods and dumped them. He will either be growing new trees or feeding the animals! ;-) I'll be over to visit shortly.