If you’re looking to grow your vegetable garden beyond tomatoes, basil, and the like, you might want to experiment with peanuts. They grow with ease and are surprisingly enjoyable. Try growing peanuts in your garden! You will be surprised!!!
Here’s how to grow peanuts in your yard
Although more suited to the warmer climate of the southern United States, peanuts have been known to grow as far north as southern Canada. Contrary to popular belief, peanuts are not a nut. It is actually a vegetable in the legume family, which includes peas and beans. These tropical natives of South America need about 120 days to mature, but fortunately, peanut plants can tolerate light frosts in spring and fall.
Planting peanuts: Peanuts need full sun exposure. If you have heavy soil, ensure good drainage by applying enough organic matter to make the soil loose and friable.
Peanut seeds are shelled and can be grown with or without the shell. If you split the shell, do not remove the thin, pink-brown seed coat, or the seeds will not germinate. Sow the seeds an inch deep, place in the sun as much as possible and water weekly. Transplant peanut seedlings into the garden when the soil warms to between 60 and 70 degrees. Space the implant 10 inches apart, being careful not to damage or bury the crown.
When the peanut tree is about a foot tall, dig the soil around the base of the peanut tree. Long, pointed pins (also called stalks) grow from dead flowers and then push into the ground next to the plant 1 to 3 inches. A peanut will form at the end of each peg. Spread a light mulch, such as straw or grass clippings, to prevent the surface of the soil from scabbing so the pegs won’t have a hard time penetrating the soil.
The plant is ready to harvest when the leaves turn yellow and the inner shell of the peanut has yellow veins, which you can periodically check by plucking a few seeds from the soil and peeling. If you wait too long, the peg will become brittle and the pods will break off in the ground, making harvesting more difficult.
Pull or dig up plants and roots when the soil is moist. Shake off excess soil and allow the plant to dry in a well-ventilated area until the leaves dry out; then remove the shell. Unshelled peanuts, stored in an airtight container, can keep for up to a year.
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