It’s Peanut Sunday here at LRF Head Quarters in Hawthorn East! Earlier in the year we planted out an experimental crop of peanuts and today we harvested them. As you can see, our crop was a huge success. It was so exciting to uproot the withering plants and finding masses of peanuts dangling beneath the plant. Peanuts flower with a little yellow flower, once pollinated the flower sends a spike downwards under the ground. The peanut develops on the end of this spike. We found that peanut kernels are a lot softer and creamier than the typical roasted ones you’d buy in the shops.
We can report that growing peanuts is very easy and as a nitrogen fixing legume has the added bonus of conditioning the soil while they grow. Following the success of this crop, we’ll be planting out a much bigger one next spring. For those of you interested in having a go yourselves, we’ll post a guide on how to grow peanuts closer to planting time to help you.