Goobers

Discussion in 'General Gardening' started by Walt B, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Walt B

    Walt B New Member

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    Anybody have any experience with growing goobers? I think it might be fun and add to the weird quotient we enjoy. :D

    We are already thought of as kind of different with the bees, albeit a "good" different since everyone enjoys the honey and seeing the bees on their flowers.

    But, I was wondering if there is any trick to having a patch of goobers. Anybody ever try it?

    Walt
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Not me. I didn't do it. I promise. Somebody else must have. :beg:

    The only person I ever knew that raised them said they had to have very sandy soil. He always planted them along the river bottomlands. They did well there. Us kids would harvest a few and roast them while fishing.
     

  3. Murrell

    Murrell New Member

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    Many years ago we raised peanuts for hog feed, self harvested.
    [ talk about greasy limp pork, course, got us thru the war years ]

    Years later, Jimmy Carter became President, and the price of peanuts went thru the roof.

    Still like homemade peanut butter, when it can be found.

    Murrell
     
  4. G3farms

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    Had pretty good luck with a giant variety when I was a kid. Saved about two gallons for seed but the mice liked them also. Never grew any again. I kept pulling loose dirt up on them kind of like growing potatoes.
     
  5. brooksbeefarm

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    We called them Goober Peas, spent alot of summers like G3 said pulling dirt up on them with a hoe.This was in a river bottom field, had trouble with field rats and squirrels digging them out,we also had cucumbers in that field that we sold to the pickel factory.The bad thing was,someone had to pull the vines back with a rake when we harvest them,alot of times a nice big juicy copperhead would be under them. :eek: Jack
     
  6. Mama Beek

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    I've been thinking about growing a smallish patch of them to see how they do out here, but I sure don't want to see any copperheads!

    Here's a great link full of info for you Walt. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/publ ... eanut.html

    and a few more:
    http://www.heirloom-organics.com/guide/ ... anuts.html
    http://www.gardenguides.com/94572-grow-raw-peanuts.html
    http://www.which.co.uk/documents/pdf/gr ... 153967.pdf


    I may have a brave moment and plant a few just to see how they do... peanut butter is pricey and XLB eats it on nearly everything.
     
  7. Omie

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    Ok, I'm a Yankee. Goobers=peanuts ????

    LOL!
     
  8. Walt B

    Walt B New Member

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    Mama Beek, thanks for the web sites. I hadn't thought of our friends at TAMU as a peanut source. It might be a little late for this year, but if I try it I'll let y'all know how it comes out.

    Walt
     
  9. Mama Beek

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    yes Omie, many southerners and rednecks, along with a few regular country folks will refer to peanuts as goobers.

    I'm thinking of giving it a try in a raised bed just to see how it goes. Not too sure though, that is precious space around here.