Peanuts

annew21 (zone 7b NC)(7b NC)March 9, 2014

I'm growing peanuts for the first time this year. I am growing this variety, which supposedly grows very well in my area. I have two options for where to plant them. One is a 4x4 raised bed, and the other is a 4x10 in-ground bed. I can't decide which bed I want to use. Here are the things I'm considering: The in-ground bed is (obviously) larger and retains water better, but doesn't get as much direct sunlight as the raised bed. Is lots of direct sunlight really important for peanuts? If so, the water issue can be dealt with whereas I can't make more sunlight.
I'll be growing snap beans (pole) in the bed where I don't grow the peanuts. Snap beans can be grown vertically, so they will yield more output in the 4x4 bed.
I have never grown peanuts before and I don't know if I'm going to be happy with them, so maybe I should use the smaller space for the peanuts so I can do a test run.
I've read that peanuts prefer a pH around 5-6, and the raised beds have a pretty high pH (closer to 7). I'm trying to bring it down but it's a slow process. I've successfully grown peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, okra and potatoes in the other bed (with the lower pH).

Given the above, where would you plant the peanuts? Are there any other considerations I'm not thinking about? Thanks for any help you can give.

-Anne

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dave_f1 SC, USDA Zone 8a(7b)

Anne-- maybe grow some in each location and see where they perform better. Best planted in well-drained area and tilled to at least 6" deep. Of course full sun is best, but you may be surprised what you can grow with just 4 or 5 hours of direct sun. I had a very successful peanut harvest last year in my unraised garden (pH 6.0) with direct sun from about 11 til 3 or 4 and that was fine. Of course they are a bit taller than those grown in sun all day. Didn;t seem to affect the yield or pod size. The biggest challenge I have is keeping the deer from browsing and believe me they love peanut plants. I have a short rabbit fence but just to the outside of it I place some corrugated plastic or other materials they don;t like to step on. Otherwise they'll reach over the fence and eat every one they can reach.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 2:15PM
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ncvgarden

Do you have voles or rats in the garden? If yes, they will clean out all peanuts you grow.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2014 at 11:24PM
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annew21 (zone 7b NC)(7b NC)

Thanks for the suggestions! I do have voles and moles and deer, so I'll have to stay extra vigilant.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2014 at 7:52PM
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