I am a bit of a crazy gardener in that I will try to grow almost anything. A friend of mine had grown peanuts last year and had been successful. So when I was at the garden center and saw Valencia peanuts on the seed rack I couldn’t resist. I had no idea how to grow them but I would give them a try. I planted the seeds out in late May in a raised bed near the greenhouse. The plants would get full sun there. I waited and slowly but surely I had one plant grow. I waited another week and no more seeds grew. So I planted more seeds thinking germination levels must be low. It wasn’t until after I planted the second group of seeds that I saw a squirrel run by. It was then I realized I had been planting someone’s lunch. I think the tiny black squirrel who lives in the garden probably laughed at me once my back was turned. As it was I had only one plant grow. It isn’t much to show but maybe I will cover them next year so the critters don’t get at them first.
Yesterday I dug up the one peanut plant as I was curious to see how it was doing. Much like a potato plant the peanuts hung from the roots.
Six peanuts were harvested yesterday, that’s it. I look at it as having 12 seeds for next year. Whether I can find room to grow them, that’s another question. Farmer Jim was happy to see that we could actually grow peanuts here.
I brushed them off and let them dry on the counter for a day. Last night I took a few flowers, some painted mountain corn and the peanuts for our show and share table at the garden club meeting. Out of all the beautiful plants people could talk about I was asked over and over again about the peanuts. Did you really grow them? How do they grow? So in the end they became a conversation piece and that’s okay as I love to talk about gardening.
Now that I have grown them once I know that they need to be cured after harvesting and not to harvest until close to our first frost. It was a lesson learned and one I can laugh about.