Growing Peanuts

Jeff Poppen shares the history of the peanut and its rise to fame on the American farm. He discusses how to grow peanuts successfully, from the soil pH to the hilling. Jeff is thrilled about the resurgence of a treasured heirloom variety, Tennessee Red Mammoth, currently in production at Green Door Gourmet in Nashville TN.

Gardener Extras

  1. Peanuts vines help fix nitrogen into the soil as they grow. After harvesting, tilling the spent plants back into the soil provides even more nitrogen
  2. Farmers typically use a 'digger' to pull up the peanut plant, flip it over, and set it back down. After drying the peanuts, a 'shaker' separates the peanut pods from the rest of the plant.

Jeff Poppen

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