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:
Plant chickpeas alongside potatoes, cucumbers, corn, strawberries, and celery. Do not ever plant alongside garlic.
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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