The potted peanut plant died from heat and drought, but not before making a few little peanuts for us. How cool is this?
We have to dig through the dirt to see if there are many more, but this was exciting!
Most of the tomatoes have reached 5 feet high already and all are loaded with green fruit that (thankfully) just keeps getting bigger. These are the best plants I have ever grown, so I must have found the optimal location in my yard for them this year. The Cabin tomato plants (on each end) have some fruit that seems to be in the 8 to 10 ounce range, and I’ve never gotten bigger than 4-6 oz. from them before! I imagine that the plants have NOT set any new fruit in the last week or so, because we have had 100 degree temperatures every day. Tomatoes supposedly won’t pollinate their flowers at temperatures over 90.
The square white pot in the left bottom corner of the photo is the peanut plant that my son and I planted from a bag of raw spanish peanuts several months ago. It’s doing ok, as long as I remember to water it often in this heat. It feels like August to me.
My son S. and I noticed a bag of raw peanuts in the pantry one morning after breakfast and decided to put a few of them in a potted plant in the house to see what would happen. This was back in late January and we kind of forgot about it.
Quite a while later, perhaps 3 weeks or so, we noticed the new growth in the houseplant. One of our peanuts had come up!
We transplanted it into a one quart pot for a couple months where it grew slowly but surely under the lights in the seedling room. Then we finally got it planted outside in a 6 gallon square pot with about 14 inches of foot space to grow in. I don’t know what we’ll end up with, but I’ll be disappointed if there isn’t at least one nice peanut pod growing under this thing when September or October comes.
Peanuts aren’t the only thing you can grow from “normal” grocery store food. Almost every type of bean can be done this way, and the spice aisle can be sprouted for mustard, celery, cilantro (coriander) and more.