Of all the weird and wonderful things to grow, we had the most success with monkey nuts!

Children are never going to be able to grow monkey nuts at school due to all the allergy regulations, so this is a good experiment for home (unless you are allergic to them). Until recently I didn’t know that monkey nuts (peanuts) grow underground and are part of the pea and bean family, whereas all other nuts grow on trees.

 

How to grow monkey nut plants

How to grow monkey nuts - a great gardening project for kids

You can buy peanuts in their shells (known as monkey nuts) in the supermarket, but don’t get roasted or salted ones.

1 Each monkey nut needs a small slit cut into its shell to help the water to get to the nut.

How to grow monkey nuts - a great gardening project for kids

2 We planted three nuts in a small pot of compost and watered them, before sealing the pot inside a clear plastic bag.

3 In just two weeks, a huge seedling had burst through the shell and we removed the bag.

How to grow monkey nuts - a great gardening project for kids

The plant will produce yellow flowers which, if pollinated, will turn into pods. These seed pods bury themselves into the ground and grow into new plants. When the plant has died back, nuts should be found growing from the roots. So far, so good…

 

Try growing other fruit pips and veg seeds for a fun experiment… click here for details.