Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Peanuts, peanuts everywhere

The snow is out, the hoops have been hovering in the 70's and as far as I have seen there is not much frost left in the ground.

Stu and I spent the latter half of last week in Pennsylvania at Delaware Valley College. It seems that they are exploring their food service provider options (schools go through this every 10 years or so) and being an Ag school that grows more than enough food, dairy and meat it seems a logical move for Bon Appetit to throw our at in the ring. Our trip, though, is not what seems relevant here as is what happened while we were away. With all of the environmental factors aligning, Molly took advantage of the opportunity to till in the walled garden and set out carrot, radish, greens and peas in the hoop houses. She really got a ridiculous amount of work done last week in spite of my absence and the lack of student assistance (spring break last week, no students were on campus).

So this week it seemed only fitting that we would surprise her. You see, she has a love of planting, especially seeding. . . when she's not busy organizing or planning. Every year I enjoy picking one really random crop that shouldn't grow up here and we try to grow it and see if it is something that we can make work. This year it's peanuts, and Molly has been chomping at the bit to get them planted. So here we are planting peanuts. . . and a few other sites from the secret garden. . . Molly shelling (or is it husking?) the peanuts. (Those are shelling peas in the background)

Alyssa planting the peanut seeds into start trays. Peanuts need roughly five frost free months (Say that five times fast) so we have to give them some lead time indoors.
Sweet peas climb up well beyond the support infrastructure that we constructed for them.

More shelling peas ready to be taken out to the hoop houses.

Onion and leek starts soaking up the rays.

Russell's and Castle Lupines to make the exterior of the Gowan house more colorful.

The label says dill, but an expert eye could tell you Easter egg radishes. The dill is planted in between the radish rows.

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