Growing Chickpeas

It might come as a surprise to know that #chickpeas can be grown in #Ireland or #UK. When we planted them we had no idea, if they would grow, what they would look like. We purchased a packet of organic chickpeas to make some homemade #hummus. We had some left over and soaked them in water for an hour and then planted them out into a seed tray with compost in late February and then some more in early March. They all germinated and we then planted them out, some in the greenhouse and the rest in the polytunnel. They were planted in very fertile soil, kept moist but not over watered and are growing in moderate temperatures.  They are thriving in the glasshouse were temperatures seldom exceed 15ºC.  Unlike other peas and beans they don’t climb and cling, so you will need to stake them and loosely tie them to the stakes. 

They produced a small white flower several weeks ago and have are now podding. It’s another food we can grow and another step closer to the dream of being self sufficient. Part of the fun of #growing your own food, is in the joy of knowing it’s by your own hands, knowing that it is #organic, been produced locally and doesn’t have to travel hundreds sometimes thousands of miles to be on your table. It’s also exciting to grow new and exotic things, and tend to a living plant, nurture it to maturity and take pleasure in the joy of eating it.

 

Chickpea Plants

Chickpea Plants

Chickpea Flowers

Chickpea Flowers

Chickpea Pods

Chickpea Pods