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#1 Jordan9682 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 03:52 PM

I'm interested in growing peanuts, I'm in southwest saskatchewan and I don't know if my growing season is long enough. Anyone grown them around here?
What can you tell me about growing them?

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 03:56 PM

I grew them one year, they are interesting to grow. They look like peas when they come up. They need a long growing season. I didn't harvest mine until late Oct. they don't all mature at the same time.
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Posted April 28, 2013 - 04:16 PM

This was in 2007 I only had about 12 plants. I picked probably a 5 gal bucket full.

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 04:45 PM

Last year I planted 5/19 and harvested 9/27.  I chose the variety with the shortest days to harvest listed. The place I bought them does not ship to Canada.  Southern Exposure lists their varieties as 110 to 130 days.

 

I amended the peanut's soil with sand, since they like loose soil.  The flowers form above ground, then bend down into the soil to grow the seed.  I am told some people hill them like potatoes.

 

You can plant raw peanuts from the grocery store, but there is no sure way to know what variety they are, or how long to harvest.  It might work, and it is cheap to try.

 

I tried a wide bed last year, but it was too hard to weed, and grew into a jungle, and let the voles eat my crop.  This year, I will plant in rows and preemptively trap rodents in the garden.

 

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 04:57 PM

I bought at a fruit and veggie store. I bought just raw in the shell, Virginia peanuts. Put them in the plater and planted 2 rows.
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Posted April 28, 2013 - 05:07 PM

I'm interested in growing peanuts, I'm in southwest saskatchewan and I don't know if my growing season is long enough. Anyone grown them around here?
What can you tell me about growing them?

TIA

Never tried to plant them, but being a legume, I suspect the leaves, etc. are good "green fertilizer".

 

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 05:20 PM

They put out little yellow flowers, from there it turns into a peg (really more like a thorn), and it reaches the ground digs in and makes a peanut. The root ball on mine was probably a foot in diameter. You will find peanuts in all stages of growth. They will also have a tap root.


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 06:37 PM

I think I might try and grow them. I am in sand so that's a plus, whether of not i have a long enough growing season i would find out. Would I be able to find un-cooked peanuts at a supermarket/something that will grow?
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Posted April 28, 2013 - 07:42 PM

My question is "Why does anyone think boiled peanuts are a treat?"


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Posted April 28, 2013 - 07:49 PM

My question is "Why does anyone think boiled peanuts are a treat?"


I like them, I boiled some of the ones I grew, I ate some raw, I made peanut butter, and most I just roasted and ate.
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Posted April 30, 2013 - 05:56 AM

I think our season might be too short up here, Jordan. Given that winter is refusing to end this year, it's likely to be even shorter this time around.

 

They like sandy soil and plenty of sunshine. They don't like being too wet.  It's been a while since I've been to Swift Current or Maple Creek, but if recall correctly, your soil conditions should be about right, and you certainly get the sunshine.

 

Give it a try. The worst that can happen is that they won't mature, but if you don't get a crop they should bind nitrogen into the soil for you.


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Posted April 30, 2013 - 07:23 PM

Yeah, I think I'll try em.
I like trying things out for the first time!
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