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Peanuts! Are You Nuts?
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Mrs. Spblademaker comes home today with a bunch of Virginia peanut plants. Didn't find a whole bunch of information on them. Was thinking of planting them with the rest of the legumes! Anyone done well growing them?
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Check local ordinances. You may be prohibited from growing dangerous nut products if there are any children with allergies within 5 miles of you.
Also the residual allergens in the ground may render your property unsuitable for resale without removing the top 2-3 feet of soil and replacing it with sterilized, organic topsoil.



Aside from that, I haven't a clue. I get my peanuts from that monocled dude in a top hat.
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Weirdly enough I spent some time on peanut farms in NC, near VA...don't ask. But I don't think our summers are long enough for them. They need a pretty long time of warmth for the ends of the runners to grow peanut. I'm sure you can look up exactly how long they need.

But since you already have the plants I would still plant and see what happens.

Oh, and they are not really nuts. Big Grin
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Dave;101438 Wrote:Weirdly enough I spent some time on peanut farms in NC, near VA...don't ask. But I don't think our summers are long enough for them. They need a pretty long time of warmth for the ends of the runners to grow peanut. I'm sure you can look up exactly how long they need.

But since you already have the plants I would still plant and see what happens.

Oh, and they are not really nuts. Big Grin

I could always build a cold frame around their raised bed. I think its worth a try. We have gotten down all our other crops, so something new will be nice. I just hope the slugs don't like them!!
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#5
Eat the slugs.

Problem solved.

Big Grin
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spblademaker;101443 Wrote:
Dave;101438 Wrote:Weirdly enough I spent some time on peanut farms in NC, near VA...don't ask. But I don't think our summers are long enough for them. They need a pretty long time of warmth for the ends of the runners to grow peanut. I'm sure you can look up exactly how long they need.

But since you already have the plants I would still plant and see what happens.

Oh, and they are not really nuts. Big Grin

I could always build a cold frame around their raised bed. I think its worth a try. We have gotten down all our other crops, so something new will be nice. I just hope the slugs don't like them!!


For slugs--put down diatomaceous earth. I buy the food-grade kind at Agway. We had slugs that loved my chrysanthemums. So much that they ate the flowers, then leaves and were working on the woody stems. Diatomaceous earth took care of them (it cuts their bodies as the crawl across it). Take care not to breathe it in and put it down when you're not going to have rain for a few days.

We had tried beer in a small pie pan. That didn't help much.
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Harvested peanuts today. If we get 100 plants next year we could fill a french fry container...the small one! At least the test was successful.
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spblademaker;119410 Wrote:Harvested peanuts today. If we get 100 plants next year we could fill a french fry container...the small one! At least the test was successful.

I love your optimism! What do they taste like? I hear they're good boiled.
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spblademaker;119410 Wrote:Harvested peanuts today. If we get 100 plants next year we could fill a french fry container...the small one! At least the test was successful.

Considering that you planted them in the middle of May, (according to the date on your original post), I'd say you done good.
If you're pleased with the quality of the small crop you got and go for round two next year, get an earlier start to see how that affects the size of the harvest.
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spblademaker;119410 Wrote:Harvested peanuts today. If we get 100 plants next year we could fill a french fry container...the small one! At least the test was successful.

Congrats!!
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