Growing your own chickpeas is a rewarding and sustainable endeavour that allows you to enjoy the freshest legumes right from your garden.
Here’s a guide to help you get started on how to grow your own chickpeas:
Preparing the soil
According to a Chickpea Production Guide published by Oregan State University, chickpeas thrive in well-draining soil with a pH level of 6 to. Before planting, amend the soil with organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, to improve fertility and drainage. Remove any weeds and stones from the planting area.
Planting and spacing
Sow chickpea seeds directly into the prepared soil once the danger of frost has passed. Space the seeds 4 to 6 inches apart, with rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Plant the seeds 1 to 2 inches deep and cover with soil, gently firming the surface.
Watering and care
Water the newly planted seeds thoroughly and keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Ensure the plants receive at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. As the plants grow, provide support with stakes or trellises to prevent them from falling over.
Pest and disease
Monitor the plants for common pests like aphids and caterpillars. Apply organic pest control methods or use insecticidal soaps if necessary. Prevent diseases by providing good air circulation and avoiding overwatering.
Chickpeas are ready to harvest when the pods turn yellow or brown and begin to dry out. Gently remove the pods from the plant and shell the peas. Dry the chickpeas indoors for a few days before storing them in airtight containers.
By following these simple steps, you can grow your own delicious and nutritious chickpeas at home.
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Article originally written and published by Kaylum Keet for BONA.