how to grow chickpeas

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a nutritious and versatile addition to any garden. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to grow chickpeas in your own backyard:

  1. Choose a location in your garden that gets plenty of sunlight and has well-draining soil. Chickpeas prefer a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0, so you may need to add lime to raise the pH if your soil is too acidic.
  2. Plant chickpeas in the ground about two weeks after the last frost date in your area. Dig a hole about 1 inch deep and space the seeds about 2 inches apart in rows that are 18 inches apart. Cover the seeds with soil and water them thoroughly.
  3. Water the chickpea plants regularly, taking care not to overwater or allow the soil to dry out completely. Mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  4. As the plants grow, they may need to be staked or supported with a trellis to keep them upright. Chickpea plants can grow to be quite tall, so be prepared to provide adequate support.
  5. Chickpeas are ready to harvest when the pods are dry and the seeds inside are hard. This usually occurs about 90 to 120 days after planting, depending on the variety. To harvest, gently pull the pods off the plant and allow them to dry in a cool, dry location for several days.
  6. Once the pods are fully dry, you can remove the seeds from the pods by gently rubbing them between your hands. Store the seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dry location.

Growing chickpeas is a simple and rewarding process that can add a nutritious and versatile ingredient to your meals. With a little patience and attention to detail, you can have your own homegrown chickpeas in no time. Happy gardening!