Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a cool season annual that require about 100 days to reach harvest. These delicious and nutritious legumes are popular in many cultures and have a multitude of cooking uses. Learn how to grow chickpeas, AKA garbanzo beans, in your garden and reap the benefits of this awesome legume!
How to Grow Chickpeas
- To get a head start, sow chickpea seeds indoors in a peat or paper pot a few weeks before you can transplant outdoors.
- You can transplant once the chickpeas reach 4-5 inches in height.
- Choose a site with full sun and plant in loose, well drained soil.
- Add aged compost to planting beds before planting.
- Before planting, also add a little bit of potassium and phosphorous to the soil.
- Sow chickpeas in the garden 2-3 weeks before the average last frost of spring.
- Place each seed 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep and spaced 3-6 inches apart.
- Thin successful plants to 6 inches apart.
- Space rows 18-24 inches apart.
- Do not water deeply right after planting, but do make sure the soil is moist.
- Once chickpea seeds have sprouted, go ahead and water regularly.
- Add a layer of mulch once the weather warms up to keep the soil moist.
Growing Chickpeas in Containers:
Follow the same guide as above, but plant in containers that are 8 inches deep.
Chickpea Planting Companions:
So now that you know how to grow chickpeas, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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