Cow Pea - 0.5 Kg Seeds
Common name: Vigna unguiculata
Bloom time: last summer
Height: 80 cm (31.5 in)
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Start with a fresh garden bed, nicely weeded with the soil loosened and ready for planting. Stick the seeds straight into the dirt, planting about 1 in. deep and 4-6 inches apart, in rows 18 in. Water thoroughly, then wait a few days for the seeds to germinate.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- This year I thought it would be fun to try growing “field peas” for the first time.
- Although they’re called peas, they’re really more like beans, in my opinion.
- I wanted to grow them particularly to experiment with drying and storing them.
- After a few weeks, the cowpeas will start drying on the vine.
- If you’re having a particularly rainy season, you might pick them a little before they turn brown and finish drying indoors so the peas don’t mold.
- You also want to pick the pods before they start splitting open.
Put the dried, even mostly dried, pods in a pillowcase. Toss into clothes dryer on very low for about fifteen minutes. The heat will pull out the rest of the moisture AND split the hulls. Dump into a bucket and shake. Shells and seeds will separate
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