Before you ask, let me guess what you are going to say. "What sort of peanut works best for up north or for low solar input areas?" Well, the usual answer is Valencia. Schronces Deep Black Peanut does equally well for a Quebec grower friend of mine as well. I have also received some northern strain Valencia from US based Fruition Seeds this year to test.
So how well do they do for me? They are okay. Better probably when I pre-start a few weeks early though this year I direct sowed.
So far, my favourite part of growing peanuts is watching their yellow pea flowers (pea+nut, get it) develop pegs that they drill into the ground and then pulling the whole plant up later in the season to collect the corky pods.
This year, I may try my hand at crossing the two varieties I have.
All about growing, selecting and using edible plants in the Ottawa valley.