Now this is a first for this little farm.
I have decided to try something new.
And a way of adding some goodness to the poor top potager soil. Impoverished, slightly abandoned, you name it, I haven’t loved this part of the vegetable garden area since I sowed red clover as a green manure two years ago.
I ordered my seeds. I sowed them in root trainers. They whooshed into growth (unlike a lot of sulkers).
And last weekend I planted them out.
And in that reckless way of the experienced vegetable grower, I neglected to read up on the best method for sowing and planting out first.
This thought came to me as I planted them about a foot apart in the garden. I wonder if this is right?
But I was running late and just thought I’d give it a go.
Now back in the comfort of a computer and access to the internet it turns out I may not have done the best possible job here.
I did well on the soil prep according to the wonderful Garden Organic website:
“Chickpeas need a well-drained soil with full sun. The ideal is a relatively poor soil, as high levels of nutrients encourage lush growth, prone to developing mildews and related diseases. Avoid heavy clays or shady sites. Unlike many crops chickpeas don’t need a very fine seedbed and appear to germinate more readily on roughly cultivated soil.”
But perhaps I should have done a spot of direct sowing.
“If birds or rodents eating the seed are a problem, start chickpeas off in modules, but they resent transplanting and do better if sown where they are to grow.”
And it looks like I was a bit generous with the planting distances:
“Sow chickpeas as you would for dwarf French beans, at a spacing of 7-13cm (3-5in) between plants and 20-25cm (8-10in) between rows. If growing in a bed allow 15cm/6in between plants in all directions.”
Still. It’s fun to try. And I promise to keep you updated on the progress. They may sneak into the background shots of the Charlotte potatoes I have sown in dull straight rows beside the chick peas.