How To Grow Peanuts
Fancy growing your own peanuts? Great choice. Here in Australia, it’s easier than you might think. Grab some 'Virginia Bunch' peanut seeds and a few basic gardening supplies like compost, a watering can, and some general-purpose plant food. You don’t need to be a gardening pro, just a keen interest will do.
Prep the Ground
First up, you'll need a spot in your garden. Make sure the soil isn’t too hard. Use a garden fork to loosen it up a bit. While you’re at it, mix in some old leaves or compost.
Wait for the weather to warm up a bit, usually late spring or early summer. Pop the seeds into the soil, keeping them about 20cm apart. Use your finger to poke a hole for each seed, just deep enough to hide it.
Once the seeds are in, water them well. But going forward, don’t drown them. The soil should feel a bit damp to the touch but not soaking wet.
Feeding Your Plants
A little bit of general plant food at the start and about a month in should do the trick. Don't go overboard; peanuts aren't too fussy.
Look out for two main issues: waterlogged soil and pests. If your soil feels too wet, cut back on the watering. And keep an eye out for bugs. They’re a sign you need to step in to protect your crop.
When you see the leaves go a bit yellow and the soil’s dry, you’re good to go. Just pull up the whole plant gently and give it a shake to get rid of extra soil.
In a Nutshell
Growing peanuts at home in Australia isn't hard work. A bit of basic prep and regular care is all you need to harvest your very own 'Virginia Bunch' peanuts.