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GROWN YOUR OWN PEANUTS… KIDS FUN and D.I.Y. EASY.

 Well folks, I LOVE NUTS…All kinds ..lol

Just bought some 20 Virginia Peanuts seeds the other night on e-bay again..Can’t help my self, but change my whole back yard crops this year.

Something new is always welcome, and like the old saying, VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE …Yup .

Originally I intend to plant them as a bit of a novelty/experiment. I have been told that they thrive with the spuds and sweet potatoes best, so I will just keep replanting the odd nut when I harvested a handful as i go by seasons, and B.T.W., there is no season/s with nuts in my back yard …ha ha ha .

As with the spuds and sweet potato, I just root around for the biggest ones as needed, then replant the runners and the odd seed.

I’m sure that’s not how the pros grow it but it will do the trick and works for me!…Well, so I have been told.

Pretty cool plant! Not a nut at all, it’s a legume and the shells and dried stems/stalk add lots of goodies to the soil.

Well see ?? there you have it….Nuts and more nuts as I go …LOL

Another cool and very versatile plant for the collection!

Till next time I buy something new, HAPPY GARDENING FOLKS. 

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10 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Akka's Natures Way+living.

    August 6, 2013 at 7:19 am

  2. i resemble that remark lol 🙂

    August 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

  3. lovely idea to try

    August 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    • 😀 …Great then, go ahead 😀

      August 7, 2013 at 3:37 am

  4. I bought 60 seeds to try them myself this year….a nut lover here too!! Handy to know they like potatoes, thanks

    August 7, 2013 at 2:39 am

    • My pleasure neighbour 😀

      August 7, 2013 at 5:03 am

  5. We have problems growing spuds here as there are too many rocks, might be time to raise up a bed just for peanuts although I am not sure we could grow them in our short growing season. Might have to do some research.

    August 8, 2013 at 4:32 am

    • They grow in the ground, and I think it shouldn’t affect them much SEARCH for it ..Google it for Tassie ..lol 😀

      August 8, 2013 at 4:56 am

    • HERE IT IS …

      The Peanut Growth Cycle

      A peanut plant

      Peanuts grow best in loose, well-drained soils. Some species do better under irrigation but others manage quite well in fairly dry climates.
      However, all types of peanuts do poorly in badly drained or tight, clay soils . And all types are susceptible to frosts.
      As a result, peanuts tend to be grown over the Spring and Summer months and usually require a minimum of 120 to 150 days to reach maturity.

      Planting And Growing Peanuts

      Peanuts are usually planted in rows, 6 to 10 plants per metre. Seeds are lodged just a few centimetres below the soil and the young plants usually emerge within a few weeks of seed planting. They generally begin to bloom about 30 to 40 days after that.
      Peanut plant flowers are small, bright yellow and pea-like in appearance. After pollination and fertilization of the flowers occurs, the stalk (peg) below the fertilised plant ovary elongates and curves downward towards the soil.
      It usually takes about 10 days after fertilisation for this “peg” to penetrate into the soil.

      Then – about week after soil penetration – this peg tip enlarges and pod and seed development begin. The fruit (ie peanuts) then matures over the next 9 to 10 weeks.

      Harvesting And Preparation

      Peanut harvesting generally occurs when the foliage begins to yellow in late Summer and/orearly Autumn.
      Harvested plants are usually allowed to dry for several days before being shelled and roasted. This is because raw peanuts (taken straight from the ground) contain a very mild toxin. To eliminate it, peanuts are dried as the final stage of the production process to prepare them for consumption.
      In Australia, peanuts can also be subject to all manner of pests. The worst of these is aflatoxin (a fungus) but insects and weeds can also pose problems. Peanut farmers need to care for their crops continuously over the growing cycle.

      Most peanuts also need lots of calcium in the soil to develop good nuts (which is usually supplied with gypsum).

      And although peanuts can generally make good use of any fertilisers left over from other crops – making them a great “soil cleaner” – some calcium top-up is usually necessary to ensure that the nuts develop fully before any new crop is planted.

      August 9, 2013 at 4:22 am

      • Acid clay rocky soil, short growing season…looks like I might have to stick to chestnuts, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts! 😉

        August 9, 2013 at 6:20 am

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