Eleven years ago I had planted three American Chestnut trees (a once-abundant species in Ontario that has almost completely disappeared as a result of a fungus; now new varieties are being developped) on our property south of Kinmount. Last last year one of them produced nuts. I had hoped to harvest them to propagate, but they were too far up, and the squirrels beat me to it. About a month ago I found a seedling growing near my gate! I wish the squirrels had picked a better spot to plant it, because I then had to transplant it to prevent it from being run over. Last week it had gone dormant, so I moved it up closer to the others; we’ll see next year if I was successful. I hope the deer don’t get it. It seems odd to me that we didn’t get any chestnuts this year, even though everything else produced in abundance.
Michael Doran, Peterborough and Kinmount