I live in Costa Rica; we have a good 3 months of rain still, and the heaviest is just about to begin. October is just rain, drizzle, mist, overcast, mist, drizzle, rain, storm, rain...
So, for sure I'll wait until at least November, but I'm relieved to hear they grow well in clay, which is what we have. I do have a hugelkultur, too. Or kind of, it's all shrunk down.
ive only grown them for a couple years, the first was just to see if i could grow them at all and if it was worth it. this year i grew and harvested about 5 lbs. next year i will plant a lot more.
i have only planted them in the spring. but this year i tossed a bunch out that are still in the pods as if they fell like natural. well see how well those do next year.
Perhaps they were using them as an N fixing cover crop, and had to pull them for the cash crop, and just started experimenting. Perhaps worth remembering if you have some that aren't quite ready when Jack Frost comes knocking @ the door.
hubert cumberdale wrote:
they are hand cut, no way id use a weed whacker. i hate those things. i cut a hundred or so plants in 10-15 minutes so its not that hard. took me another 30 minutes to winnow it. luckily chickpeas are very very easy to winnow as the seeds are so heavy. i know i can still increase my yield as some plants only gave me like 10 chickpeas while others were well in the 60's,70s, and some much higher. so pretty much im still in the experimental stage but still doing pretty good.
Wow thats a great yield. Looks like I have alot to look forward to. I typically get less than 10 on my plants, and my plants only get 2 feet tall at the most. I think I planted them too late, so they go to seed and dont grow too big. I didn't know until recently that they did well in cooler weather.
About the green garbanzo's....I've actually seen them sold fresh green in produce sections in the Indian part of town (far north side of Chicago). There was a huge pile of them and lots of people buying. So I'm pretty sure that people eat them fresh like shelling peas, and also dried, of course. I've never had them green. I'm imagining something like edamame, perhaps?
Wow 5lb over how big a surface?
they were scattered about, i dont grow anything in rows or beds where i have my permaculture garden. so the area they came from is a lot bigger than if it was all just chickpeas. the thing is i got 20+ other crops along with the chickpeas.
They are pretty care-free plants in the hugel beds... no fertilizer, just a bit of water every couple weeks. I'll probably just amplify my seed from this year and replant ~90% of the harvest. Probably broadcast some this year and replant the rest next March.
They are tasty in the green stage. I have to keep my wife and the kids from eating too many.