Late Harvests

Beans, Black Walnuts and Peanuts



After getting our garden in late we didn’t have a very bountiful season. We had enough to eat during the summer but not enough extra of most things to n for winter. Next year we’ll do better. We did have a few things to dry for later. We planted Cherokee Pole beans back in the spring and they grew all summer and then as the weather cooled they died back and dried out. The plants have been dead for while now and the beans don’t look like much but crack them open and, surprise, they have perfectly dried beans inside! Its a bit silly to grow beans for drying. They are so cheap and easy to buy and I doubt the flavor will be any different (unlike fresh garden veggies), but its neat to know that I can and have the experience of doing it myself. And don’t they look pretty in a jar? Its amazing that all the different colors all came from the same plant!

We tried growing peanuts for the first time this year. We only planted a few and each plant only produced a handful of peanuts– I think we must have done something wrong, we expected more from each plant. But now we do have a small bowl full of peanuts. They have been dried but now I’m not sure what to do with them. Any suggestions?


We have two big, beautiful black walnut trees and in the fall the ground is littered with black walnuts in their thick, dark husks. In early November we collected them and removed the hulls. They had been laying on the ground for a while by then and we’d had a couple of good rainstorms so the hulls had already started to break down, making them easy to peel off.  After washing off as much of the black hull remains as we could we set them out for a week or two to dry and then this weekend I cracked them open and removed the nutmeat. Now we’ll let that dry for a bit and see what we’ve got!

3 thoughts on “Late Harvests

    • Black walnut is sometimes used as a natural anti-worming agent for sheep and goats so I think they are probably ok. The walnut trees are in the yard, though, not the pasture so the sheep aren’t likely to be exposed to them anyway. The chickens don’t seem interested in them.

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