Grow Backyard Pecan Trees for Food and Nostalgia


Pecan Trees Offers Beautiful Landscaping - Photo Credit: Pixaby 

Pecan trees offer beautiful landscaping. Photo by Andrea Barstow on Pixabay

The crisp season of fall is always a welcoming time of year. It seems that the hazy, blistering days of summer have expired and been put away, in exchange for the comforts of more traditional, festive occasions. There's promise in the air, which hints at the celebrated season to come. Such gifts of fall include cooler weather,  football games, holidays with great food, family and friends to accompany it with. A slice of pecan pie is also ever popular this time of year.

A Nostalgic Backyard Tree for the Southeast

Growing up in sunny Florida, my grandmother had a backyard full of citrus trees, along with an avocado and pecan tree. My older sister and I claimed the last two as our personal climbing trees. During the fall months, as we played outside whenever we became "lunch-y," as the old folks called it — there was no need to have to stop and go inside to snack. We'd simply snack on the abundance of freshly fallen pecans from the grand old pecan tree.

The popular saying "proper planning  prevents poor performance" can pay to many areas of gardening and agriculture, but is especially true when it comes to planting pecan trees.

I've always felt a little nostalgia surrounding each tree's first fruits of the fall season. For me, it brings back those sweet memories of eating the pecans from my grandmother's house. I even tried planting from the nuts from the pecan tree taken from my grandmother's yard to ours. But I got a grand old oak tree instead. A considerable fair trade from the random acorns and nuts that I scattered through the yard. Yet I always knew there was nothing quite like the simple joy of taking the nutcracker and cracking into those fresh pecans from the backyard pecan tree. To plant a pecan tree and finally get to realize the fruits of one's labor is even greater reward than taste alone.

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