Growing Peanuts is a Tasty and Educational Garden Project!

This past summer I decided to try my hand at growing peanuts. Why do I want to grow peanuts? Because they are seriously nature’s tiny miracle! There is so much goodness packed into one tiny little peanut and if I could grow them in my garden, I figured I would be well on my way to adding more of that nutritional goodness to my diet, right? Well, growing peanuts is not as easy at it seems!

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Growing Peanuts

Growing peanuts in the backyard garden is a fun and eco friendly project for kids. You probably won’t be getting enough to really fill you up or make your own peanut butter. But, if you want to give it a try, here are my peanut growing tips!

Step One:  Find Peanut Plants

Since I live in Georgia (which is known for it’s prolific peanut production) I actually found peanuts at my local nursery. I grabbed 2 plants. If you live somewhere outside the great state of Georgia you may have to do a bit of Googling to find your peanut plants. You can buy peanut plant seeds on Amazon. I had high hopes….surely growing peanuts would be a cinch with my gardening know-how, right? Hmmmm…

Step Two: Find the right spot

This is not as easy as it might seem. Growing peanuts requires full sun, good drainage and soil that is fairly loose. They need lots of organic material in the soil. I found what I thought was a good spot and put my 2 plants in the ground around early spring. Now comes the fun part…the WAIT!

Step Three:  Wait some more

This is the hard part. Unlike tomatoes that you can actually SEE growing on your plants, you cannot see the peanuts. As the plant grows it sends little shoots down into the soil and the peanuts grow under the soil on the ends of those little shoots. It is seriously frustrating looking at my plant and wondering what is under the soil! Growing peanuts takes patience….I must admit, I bought a LOT of peanuts at the grocery store while I waited for my peanut plants to do their thing. A girl could starve waiting for her garden to yield actual food.

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Step Four:  Harvest your peanuts!

So, when the plant begins to turn a bit yellow in late summer or early fall you will know it is time to harvest. Wait until the soil is moist and gently pull the plant out of the soil. Let your nuts dry in the sun while still on your plants. When everything is dry, detach your peanuts. Voila, you now have a tasty snack…only you probably got about 12 peanuts all together and you are still hungry for more peanuts after eating your tasty snack. It is times like this that I am seriously happy that they are easy to find in my local grocery store.

I am clearly not going to be able to supply my family with a significant number of peanuts out of my own garden. But, since peanuts are packed full of nutritional goodness I can’t just NOT include peanuts in my diet, right?

Health Benefits of Peanuts

Why are peanuts so important for our diet? Peanuts have 7 grams of protein per serving to help satisfy our hunger. They are full of fiber to help keep your digestive track happy and healthy. They have trace minerals like phosphorus and magnesium for bone health and are high in Vitamin E and niacin for skin health. These are all scientific facts…and with my background in science, I trust facts, figures and numbers when it comes to nutritional health. Science doesn’t lie because it’s made of facts!

 

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Comments

  1. Amber Edwards says:
    Oh I wish we could grow peanuts in our area!! We don't have the climate or growing season for it. But Man I want to! That is so cool!
  2. i love that you grow your own peanuts. just saying.
  3. Growing peanuts sounds like a fun experiment to try with my kids!! I live in Florida so will have to check the climate map, but I bet I could do it!
  4. I didn't know peanuts were grown like that. Super cool.
  5. I had no idea peanuts grew in the ground. Mind blowing, lol. I imagined them coming off a huge tree like an acorn.

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