I got this nutty idea in the Spring that I wanted to try growing peanuts here in Nova Scotia. By the time I got my hands on some seeds, it was already two or three weeks after the recommend planting date. Regardless, I still decided to give it a shot.
When I tried to figure out where I was going to plant them, I realized that I didn’t have any space left for them in the garden that would match their preferred growing conditions (loose sandy soil and full sun), so I bought bagged soil and planted six seeds in three large pots. Having them in pots also allowed me to extend their growing season because I could take them indoors whenever there was a risk of frost. Today was harvest day! It was by no means a bumper crop, but hey, I actually grew peanuts! That’s pretty darn awesome!
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m posting photos to this blog every day this month. Because it’s raining cats and dogs (again!) I decided to stay indoors and photograph my freshly picked peanuts. Sadly, my photos were a huge disappointment. I realize that not yet having a macro lens is limiting my ability to take great close-up shots, but I was still bummed about it. I tried a lot of different things to try get a better focus, but I didn’t have any luck. I expect the lighting didn’t help much either. I also fiddled around quite a bit trying to make the most of both natural and artificial light sources, but nothing but nothing I tried worked very well. Oh well…It’s something I’ll just have to keep playing around with. I’ll figure it out someday.
Here are the best two out of the forty-something crappy photos I took of my meagre peanut harvest. If it weren’t for the fact that I committed to posting every day this month, I totally would have sent these straight to the recycle bin. In fact, they most likely will be going to the recycle bin soon after I publish this post.