While grocery shopping recently I was tempted beyond endurance by a hot sale. I’m not an impulse-buyer and a hard sell never works on me. Or almost never. On this day I was loading my groceries on the conveyor when what did I spy but a pallet of peanut plants for $2.99 each labeled: “Normally $6.99 – a savings of $4!” I’m not sure I believe this sign since I’ve never seen them for sale at a grocery store before. Bad sales pitch aside, I was intrigued. And it didn’t take much encouragement by Frank (actually I only needed him to not forcefully forbid me being from a sucker) for me to grab 2 to try in my garden. (I saved $8 – think how much money I’d have now if I bought the full pallet’s worth.)
I have no idea what growing conditions peanuts like. In fact my entire knowledge of peanuts (other than the roasted kind you buy for immediate consumption) comes from 2 things: 1) Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the US, was a peanut farmer back in Georgia and 2) I bought peanuts still attached to the plant and ate them on a bus in Northern Thailand. This leads me to believe peanuts like hot, humid climates which Sydney can be (when it’s not hot and dry or just plain cold). Anyway, after I got my peanut plants home I started looking online then figured since I’d already bought the darned things, any advice about season or region would be irrelevant and I should just put them in the ground. Which I did today.
I turned over the soil really well and added a bunch of sand and compost – peanuts need loose soil to put their shoots into and for the nuts to form. I didn’t use mulch because I feared this would interfere with that shoot action. I did top dress with coffee grounds which work as a nice organic fertiliser but also as a pest deterrent.
I now will watch and wait for the flowers to blossom (will my bees like them?) die and send shoots down to produce yummy peanuts. If I know my bandicoot, he’ll love my peanuts :-}
It sounds like a fun new adventure!!
I hope it’s more fun for me than it is for the neighbourhood bandicoot 🙂
Very cool! Keep us posted! Can you imagine how many people will envy you for growing your own peanuts?
Busted – one of the things I like most about my garden is making people envious! 🙂
wow that would be amazing! wonder if your chooks will give em a chance! xx
Bronwyn still jumps over the veggie fence whenever she really wants to so if she decided peanuts are her thing, they are doomed!!!
oooh… homemade peanut butter… yum!!!
Hey, that’s a great idea. I’ll have to get out there early and harvest before my husband (and the bandicoot) eats them all so I can try peanut butter. The race is on!
They grow here as a green manure crop – they fix nitrogen into the soil. so even if you feed the bandicoot and chickens you will also be doing the soil good. It sounds like a winner to me!
I read that I should carefully harvest the peanuts then turn the rest of the plant into the soil as green manure. You’re right, even if I don’t get to eat peanuts, it still could be a good addition to my garden. But I really do want to eat peanuts!
Sounds like a great adventure to see if they grow and how many peanuts you get, keep us posted
This is something I’ve always wanted to try, but I don’t think I’ve ever lived in the climate for them…in fact I don’t even know what sort of climate they like! Lol. I just never saw any for sale so always assumed they didn’t grow well where I lived, I guess. Look forward to hearing how your experience with them goes…! Very exciting!
When I see a new plant like this for sale it always makes me wonder why I haven’t seen it before. If peanuts grow well in Sydney, why doesn’t everyone have them. Doesn’t everyone love them (except that growing number who are allergic, of course)? I can’t wait to see how they do.
I’ve experimented with a few plants that way. I bet your peanuts will grow just fine since it’s so warm down there…no frost to compete with!