How to Grow Peanuts

Peanuts grow well in sandy soil with good drainage. The best time to plant them is after winter.

You can buy peanuts for planting from your local supermarket. Get peanuts that are raw (still in the shell) and not roasted. You don’t have to buy in a seed store or nursery.

Prepare the soil by plowing seven inches or more. Add significant amount of compost and manure.

When the soil is ready, sow the peanuts two inches deep. Distribute the peanuts seven inches apart from one another. Make sure that the kernels stay whole when planting. Broken peanuts won’t grow.

Put a layer of mulch on the surface of the soil to prevent the growth of weeds, to keep the soil warm, and to promote soil moisture. The ground should be moist so that it will not be too hard for peanuts to grow.

When planting, water the soil well. The next time you need to water may be when the plant starts to sprout. The amount of rain in your climate will tell you how often you need to water the peanuts. Watering peanuts can be complicated. You want to maintain the moisture of the soil, especially during scorching summer days. Still, you have to be careful not to over water and saturate the plants or your nuts will decay.

While the peanuts are growing, get rid of weeds which can hinder the growth of the plant. Over time, the peanuts will grow from a stem that extends downward into the soil. Allow 130 days for the peanut plants to develop.

Harvest by gently pulling the plant out. A spading fork can help you a lot with this. Then let the plants sit for two to four weeks until they are totally dry. Keep your nuts in a cool, dry place until they are set for roasting. You can now enjoy your peanuts.