I am a great fan of garbanzo beans and as such this was one of the primary reasons to learn about growing garbanzo. Garbanzo is a cool season annual which needs around hundred days to get harvest.
Garbanzo, also known as chickpeas, is neither a bean nor a pea but an annual legume plant which grows to about 18 inches tall on a bush. The best time to grow garbanzo is in warm weather. We all like garbanzo for its nutty flavor and its various uses in salad, soup and hummus.
Tips for growing garbanzo:
Here you will find the tips for growing garbanzo.
Garbanzo likes to grow in full sun. You can plant the garbanzo in loose and well-drained soil which is rich in organic matter.
Sow the garbanzo seeds 1 ½ to 2 inches deep, spaced 3-6 inches apart. You can cut away thinned plants at soil level with the scissor and make sure not to disturb the roots. Maintain the space rows between 18-24 inches apart.
Try to keep the planting beds evenly moist. For this purpose you need to water them regularly, especially during the flowering and pod formation.
Avoid using nitrogen-rich fertilizers to the planting beds. This will stop seeds from producing and result in leafy growth. You can add potassium and phosphorus naturally or some aged compost can be added to planting beds in advance of planting.
Garbanzo will be ready for harvest about hundred days after planting. If you want the garbanzo beans for fresh eating, then you can pick them when pods are immature and still green. But, if you want the dried garbanzo beans, then you can harvest the entire plant when the leaves have withered and turned brown.
Garbanzo can be attacked by various pests such as alphids or flea beetles. These pests can be controlled with insecticidal soap. Keep the garden free of debris so that pests cannot harbor in the garden.
You can store the unshelled garbanzo in the refrigerator for more than a week. On the other hand, dried and shelled garbanzo can be kept in a cool and dry place for up to a year.
Now since you are aware of all the tips and techniques of growing garbanzo, I am sure very soon you will grow a garbanzo for yourself.