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Peanut and carrots, volunteers...........

Posted by west_gardener (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 12, 13 at 19:18

I get a kick out of planting new to me plants, it's like a mystery to see what will happen.
A couple of months ago I was weeding and when I dug up what I thought was a weed, it had a whole peanut shell attached. There were leaves coming out of one end and roots coming out of the other end.
I deduced that it was a peanut plant and put it in a corner of one of my planter boxes. It is growing and when I peeked, there were tiny peanuts growing,
I'm growing peanuts in Silicon valley.LOL

I found a carrot in my veggie drawer that seems to have some pale green leaves popping out from the top. I planted the whole carrot in my plant box, and that is growing . I can't wait to see what is developing.
Did you ever plant a mystery plant?

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RE: Peanut and carrots, volunteers...........

I do that all the time, West. My DH thinks it's funny when I try yet another garden experiment. I have an avocado and papaya plants currently growing. Of course, they aren't hardy in my zone but it's fun to see the plant.
What I wouldn't give to have and avocado and a mango tree!

RE: Peanut and carrots, volunteers...........

It is fun- I planted 2 chick peas and they both grew but one didn't do so well and I tossed it but the other is thriving and has a bud on it. Can't wait to see what will happen.
Sweet Betsy- I have 2 mangoes that I started from seeds- just open the seed pod and take the White "lima" bean-like seed and wrap it in a moist paper towel, into a zip lock bag and in a few weeks the seed will sprout and you can then pot it up.

RE: Peanut and carrots, volunteers...........

sweet_betsy , I remember doing avocado experiments when the kids were little. We took the seed, put toothpicks on both sides, and hung it over a glass of water, with the end just touching the water. It put out shoots and leaves in a hurry. We have a young grandson now, and I thing I'll get him started with the avocado seed. Thanks for the reminder.

surya55, I have dried chickpeas, will that work?

RE: Peanut and carrots, volunteers...........

I managed to get an avocado seed to last until it became a tree, it took a long time and finally it bore fruit. They need cross-pollination, and happily my friend and neighbor had gotten a tree to grow and we both benefited from the fruit,

RE: Peanut and carrots, volunteers...........

I am sorry to say but I am not sure. If you want to give it a try, soak the peas for two nights and then plant them. This way they'll be more apt to sprout.

RE: Peanut and carrots, volunteers...........

Come to think about it, I've only seen chickpeas in dried or canned form. Another mystery.

RE: Peanut and carrots, volunteers...........

Our avocado experiment with the kids went only so far. They had fun watching the "guts", meaning the roots grow, but after that they lost interest. We never planted a tree.

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