Did you know that you can plant your own peanuts at home? When you are growing peanuts, plant them in well-draining, sandy soil that is rich in organic matter such as leaves, compost or well-rotted manure. They also need to be planted in a sunny location, and may need a weekly soaking to prevent the pods from drying out. Harvesting peanuts usually takes place in late summer/early fall when foliage turns yellow. As peanuts mature, their hull colour changes, from white or yellow to dark brown or black. You can test the maturity of peanuts by scraping the middle of the pods with a sharp knife. A dark brown to black hull means they’re ready to harvest. Carefully dig up plants and shake off excess soil. Then dry the peanuts by hanging them upside down in a warm, dry area for about two to four weeks. Once dry, place them in mesh bags and store them in a well-ventilated area until ready for roasting. Boiled peanuts are best just after digging and prior to drying.