The way out to the bull pen barn can get muddy and slippery during the winter time. Instead of opening gates to make the twice daily walk, a shortcut has been made that requires a step over an electric fence and between the stock tanks along the edge of the two pens.
Since the filbert trees are giving me tons of fibrous refuse, my plan is to layer both husks and shells as a way to pave this path before winter sets in.
The husks on the tree hold the nuts while they are forming. As the nuts mature, the good ones fall out of the husks. The nuts that remain firmly attached inside the husks are blanks, or what my family knows as duds.
Also, after I shell the nuts, the broken shells will be added to the path. As the path is walked the husks, duds and shells will mix in with dirt, mud and rocks that are already there and form a solid path through the obstacle course to the bull barn.
The path will continue to get more husks and shells as I work through the piles of filberts that I have picked up.