To grow peanuts indoors you should prepare a pot of 6-8 inches filled with sandy soil to within as inch of the rim, and after soaking your raw peanuts overnight, plant three of them to a depth of about 1-2 inches. The peanuts, like many of us, enjoy a warm location, preferably exposed to direct sunlight and a temperature of about 80 degrees F. Within 5-8 days you should be rewarded with sprouts.
Jimmy often spoke of being a “born again” Christian and in
1935 he was baptized in the conservative Southern Baptist Church. Two years
later in 1937 the teenage Jimmy was still only 13 and had no reason to give any
thought to any 13 year old Jewish boys, who were then living in
Peanuts grown in the garden or for commercial use need to be planted in early spring, as soon as the threat of ground frost has been diminished. They are particularly partial to residual fertilization from the crop that preceded them, and if the field has not been planted within the last 12 months then they will be happy with10 pounds 0-10-20 fertilizer per 1,000 square feet. The soil should be loose before planting with rows spaced 24-36 inches apart.
In 1946 Jimmy had moved on from his life on the farm and
graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at
The growing period for peanuts, depending on the variety is up to 160 days. Ideally for peanuts to flourish they need a long growing season in high temperatures, and a steady supply of moisture, but with a dry harvest season at the end.
During these years two momentous events took place, which
Jimmy as a young man in his 20’s could not have overlooked. In 1947 the United
Nations voted 33 to 13 (10 absentees) passing Resolution 181 proposing a Jewish
Peanuts like to be rotated in sandy loam soils, and please don’t grow them on the same land for successive years. When rotating them take into account that they don’t like to be rotated with beans or tomatoes, but are quite happy with potatoes or corn.
In 1948 Jimmy was still many years away from his own
Presidency, but on the 14th of May (5th day of Iyar, 5708) the State
of Israel was finally born and President, Harry S. Truman signed the following
memo; “This government has been informed that a Jewish State has been proclaimed
in Palestine and recognition has been requested by the provisional Government
Bear in mind that the peanut root can penetrate to as much as 18 inches, therefore do make sure that your peanuts are planted in deep, well drained subsoil.
By 1970 the State of Israel was firmly established. In 1967 as Jimmy was now making his way
through the political ranks by becoming a member of the
In about 10-15 days your peanut plants will be about one inch high. They don’t like weeds and grasses, so make sure you cultivate your plants regularly, being careful not to throw any dirt on your peanuts.
In 1976 Jimmy won 19 out of 31 primaries, defeating Gerald
Ford to become The United States 33rd President. In 1979 he would
preside over the Egypt-Israel Peace accord which was signed at
The next stage is blossoming, and to ensure the proper formation of the nuts it is important to apply Gypsum at the rate of 15lbs per 1000 square feet of kernels. A peg or stem now forms, and gravity pulls these down into the soil where the peanut pod forms. It usually takes a period of about two months to mature, and each plant can now produce up to 50 peanuts.
Of course my knowledge of peanuts is purely academic, and I have never grown any in my life. However the information is readily available, and there is no reason to assume any deception on the part of the websites who share this knowledge with you.
This is more than can be said for Jimmy Carter’s new book
with the ominous title of “
Maybe Jimmy Carter could have better used his time to write a book on growing peanuts, or better still he could have written his vile little book on a peanut, because his knowledge, or lack of, could indeed have been written on one.
Angela Bertz –