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Peanuts are a popular snack in the South, but did you know you can grow them in your garden?

In North and Central Florida, you can plant peanuts from March through May. Use raw peanuts as seeds, leaving them in their shells for fastest germination. Plant them four to six inches apart, and two to four inches deep. Suggested varieties for Florida include 'Florigiant', 'Florunner', 'Star', and 'Tifspan'.

As the plants grow, small yellow flowers will appear on short stems, which then work their way into the ground and form peanuts. Within three months of planting, you can begin harvesting by lifting the peanuts out of the soil using a pitchfork. Pick off the peanuts, wash them, and then either boil or roast them for a tasty snack.

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