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Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans): How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

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Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are a great addition to your food garden! Even though they are not technically peas or beans, they are very similar.

How to Grow:

Chickpeas can be planted 4-6 weeks before the last spring frost indoors and transplanted outdoors 2-3 weeks before the last spring frost. Chickpeas don’t typically tolerate the heat well. Providing shade during periods of heat can help to extend summer planting. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Chickpeas are planted 6 per square 1.5-2 inches deep. Chickpeas will require a trellis to help support their height. Chickpeas will require full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Once planted, it will take approximately 10-14 days to sprout. Make sure to keep light moisture during this phase. Increase watering as they develop. Try to avoid wetting the leaves to prevent disease.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for chickpeas:

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Chickpeas will be ready to harvest in approximately 90-100 days after sprouting. Chickpeas can be eaten just like snap peas directly off the vine when immature- small and green. For dried chickpeas, simply wait for the plant to die back. Pull the pods off the plant. They should split open easily for you to remove the seeds from the inside of the pod.

Cooking & Eating!

Chickpeas can be eaten fresh off the vine just like peas or stored for later use! The most common way for these to be prepared is for making hummus. Keep fresh chickpeas in the refrigerator for up to a week. Dried chickpeas can last up to a year in a cool, dry location.

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