Dylan decided he wanted to grow peanuts this year. I thought this sounded very cool. We love peanuts, so why not grow our own? And it would also be a great addition to the CSA and/or market, if they do well and we get a good crop.
I guess I thought you'd get seeds (peanuts) and just plant them in the ground. I didn't think much of it....until Dylan received his box of peanuts from the seed company. We were sitting at lunch with the kids and the mailman honked..indicating we need to come out and get a package that wouldn't fit in the mailbox. Kade brings the package in and it was addressed to Dylan, so he opened the box and there are several separate packages wrapped in pages from seed catalogs and gardening magazines. It appeared to be gifts.....but it was actually peanuts. The separate packages were the different varieties he ordered.
Dylan was looking at the different varieties and reading the descriptions to us....and then he said, "it says shell before planting". I just looked at him for a minute and said, "What?? You have to shell them all before you plant them? That's insane!!!". He just kind of laughed and said yes we did. I went on to ask when in the world we'd every have time to shell all these peanuts before then planting them. Dylan's response was something like, "We'll figure it out." I was very frustrated about this peanut development. I know that probably sounds crazy, but any extra work that takes away from our everyday farm work is a hassle. Not that we can't do it and won't "figure it out"...it's just a shuffle and a little bit more crazy than usual trying to find the time to fit it in.
So.....Dylan had a great idea and decided we'd get a good movie and shell peanuts one night after the kids when to bed. Sounds great! Multi-tasking, Dillaway style! No such luck. After more research, the peanuts have to be shelled just prior to planting. This changes things...quite a bit. We'll have to shell the peanuts within a few hours of getting them in the ground!!
Oh well...we'll "figure it out". : )
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Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )