All that being said, I wanted to share an update on my peanut plants. This season I planted 3 4X8 beds of peanuts. Talk about some low maintenence plants. Maybe it was the fact that it was the first season I planted these and so the pests never found them, but the three beds were at all times lush, full and green(and spreading, didn't know that would happen). So anyway, I harvested 1 bed about a week ago. Pulled up the plants and hung them up to dry.
Some of the peanuts came off the vines and they were in a pile on the deck.
I got 1 pound of roasted peanuts just from the loose ones and I estimate another 9lb from the plants I have hanging. That is only 1 bed. So judging from what I received from 1 bed, I am estimating a total harvest of 25-30 lbs. Will I plant peanuts again? Uhhh YEA! I paid 4.95 plus a bit for shipping for the seed peanuts. So doing the math, 25lbs for $4.95 = .20 lb. Buy nuts at the store and you are looking at least $3lb for peanuts. That is a 91% savings. WOW! So my plan is some roasted for eating, some roasted and chopped for Christmas/everyday baking, some roasted and made into peanut butter. We will see how it goes. The left over shells will be turned back into the garden.