September 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm #255795
Am thinking of giving it a go, but wanted to draw from the experience of others first – what works, what doesn’t?
Sprout first or direct seed?
Trellis and what kind?
How much did you harvest from each plant?
Mulch or not?September 26, 2011 at 1:10 am #509054
Bare Foot FarmerMember
Hi we have grow some kind of blue pea. It was bought from an Indian shop in a dried format. We just sowed them drect into the ground or in a styorfoam box. We ate the leaves and young shoots, the young seed pods were sweet and we even ate the flowers.
We have also sproated chick peas but have not grown them.September 27, 2011 at 12:20 am #509055
Hi bluesnip, I’m just trying to grow some chickpeas now. 7 plants have come up and I will fill in the gaps with more seed to have hopefully double that. I’ll let you know how much of a crop we get off them.
We’re also growing pigeon peas that you can use as lentils. Just harvested the first ones on the weekend but haven’t tried cooking them yet. Hopefully other people here will have tried something similar and can share their experience.October 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm #509056
I have just planted a batch of lentils. Some I started in a pot – they grew easily and quickly and didn’t mind whenI forgot to water them. I planted chickpeas in a pot too but most of them rotted – perhaps i watered them too much.
I planted the seedlings out when they were about 3-4 inches high, and when I did that I poked a dozen more seeds of each type into the ground in the same bed. Lentils have all come up a week later. So far no chickpeas.
I hadn’t planned on staking them… i thought they would just kind of bush out and support each other with close planting, but that is not based on any research or anything.
I am curious to see how they turn out. I eat a lot of lentils so if I can grow my own organic ones that would be brilliant. So far they have been so easy to grow, but then, they’re only 6 inches tall at this point.October 7, 2011 at 4:45 pm #509057
Hi folk, I’ve never even thought of growing lentils, what a great idea. Blimey another Bobbs trial for the garden. Thanks for the idea. :tup:
Bobbs :hug:October 7, 2011 at 8:13 pm #509058
I have only just this morning decided to try and grow some lentils. I was given some to sprout but as there are plenty I’m a gunna plant some too. Great timing to come across this.
Barb.October 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm #509059
Thanks parsnips, sounds super promising so far!
Let me know how you go those who are trying – I’m going to have a go in a pot so it can move house with me if need be.
Stay tuned…October 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm #509060
well i can tell you this much about growing them..they must be easy as pie to grow because there are acres and acres of it around me and the only irrigation is from the good LordNovember 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm #509061
This is my lentil patch so far. To the right and back are the lentils, and in the left foreground are the chickpeas. I don’t think I’ll get much of a harvest from this tiny patch but they look cool so far. Although you can’t really tell that from my rubbish photo :cheer:November 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm #509062
Oh that’s so cute! Keep us posted with what kind of harvest you get from that patch, I’m thinking it would be enough for a meal, but maybe they bear more than I think they do.April 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm #509063
I’m very interested to hear how your lentils are going.. are they thriving? 🙂April 8, 2012 at 3:12 am #509064
I just found this great link for lentil lovers!My chef daughter wrote about these Puy Lentils on FaceBook yesterday.She lived in that area of France,Le Puy, for a while,and loved it.Looks as though Puy , sold here as French lentils or Australian Green Lentils , are the ones to buy, and grow if you can.April 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm #509065
Thanks BlueWren.. I had a look at the blog, that recipe sounds delish! I’ll check out later where to source the lentils.April 9, 2012 at 1:56 am #509066
I’ve been growing pigeon peas for years – they grow to a shrub size and last about three years. I get the best crop the first year but they are still good after that. They take ages to grow from seed in pots here, but they grow well from seeds that just fall to the ground. After the first year the King Parrots found them and they love them. I have enough to feed the birds and myself though.
I usually eat them green straight from the pod, although I have used them in veggie stews.
I’ve been trying to grow chick peas but they just died without producing anything.April 10, 2012 at 12:08 am #509067
Is everyone just using lentils and chickpeas from the pantry?
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