Growing Peanuts

Growing Your Own Peanuts Is Another Step Towards Self Sustainability.

Have you ever considered growing your own peanuts? Peanuts are a healthy and delicious snack food that is easy to grow in the home garden.


Have you ever considered growing your own peanuts? Peanuts are a healthy and delicious snack food that is easy to grow in the home garden.

Although commonly classified as a nut on store shelves, peanuts are actually a legume--part of the same family as beans and peas. Peanuts have a long growing season, lasting about 120 to 150 days, so you need to live in a warmer climate--at least zone 5--to allow them enough time to mature.

Like beans and peas, you don't need special seeds to grow peanuts. The seeds are the peanuts located inside the pods/shells. For planting, use fresh, unroasted peanuts. Plant peanuts 1-1/2 inches deep in hills when soil temperatures are about 65 F. They like sandy well drained soil and lots of water.

As the plants grow, they'll look a lot like pea plants, with similar flowers, but peanut plants grow more in a bush shape than a vine. Expect to see your first peanut shoots about 4 to 6 weeks after planting. Peanuts will be ready to harvest in the fall, when the foliage turns yellow. Harvest peanuts with a potato fork and allow the nuts to dry for a couple weeks before removing the pods for oven-roasting.

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