Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Mar 3, 2014 13:25:02 GMT -5
I don't know if I'll be able to stick with chickpeas long term. They are so small and delicate that they require weeding: Not something I care to do much. It's too easy for the chickpeas to get lost. At least now I know what they look like!
However, one thing I have noticed about landrace growing, is that the plants adapt to the farmer's methods. Perhaps one of these days i will find a vigorous chickpea that can outgrow the weeds, or strangle them, or poison them.
Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Mar 19, 2014 21:29:12 GMT -5
I found volunteer garbanzo beans today. Woo Hoo! That's super early germination. I moved them into their own row. Perhaps one of these years I will find some garbanzo beans that can go into winter as small plants. That'd sure help with weeding which is my biggest problem with garbanzos.
Silt/clay, high-altitude, super-arid, sun-drenched, irrigated-desert garden. Cold radiant-cooled nights. ~100 frost free days. Grow most of my own locally adapted landrace seed. GDD10C ~1300. Author of Mother Earth News: Landrace Gardening Blog.
My biggest problem with garbanzos is that I've not succeeded in naturalizing flat-leaf parsley on the farm. Cooked garbanzos, salt, olive oil, crushed garlic, and chopped parsley (not that crinkly crap!), marinated overnight; that's fine chow!
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Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Apr 5, 2014 17:57:08 GMT -5
Ooops. I inadvertently started a garbanzo bean selection/breeding project this spring. Last year I successfully grew garbanzos for the first time. So I have plenty of seed to be playing around with.
I noticed that some volunteer garbanzo beans were sprouting in my garden very early this spring... Hmm. That means they are cold tolerant. I transplanted them to their own row. Then I planted some in pots indoors to transplant outside. There were huge differences in speed of germination, so I have been pulling out the slow germinating and slow growing plants. Garbanzos get lost among the weeds in my garden so quick germination is important to me. About ten days ago I put them outside to harden off. It has been snowing on them, and there have been plenty of frosty nights and a few hail storms. Some have not been visibly damaged by the cold, and some are severely damaged. Today I culled the plants that were damaged. I am left with about 15% of the starting population. That's great odds for a plant selection program. I intend to transplant into the garden in the next few days.
I also planted some general population seed a few days ago into the field.
I want to try overwintering garbanzos as small plants next winter. In any case, I intend to continue selecting for early emergence, frost tolerance, and quick vigorous growth. Seems the best strategy for keeping them ahead of the weeds. (You don't expect me to deny my nature and actually weed the garden?)
Joseph, approximately how many varieties did you start with? Currently I just grow Hannan Popbean from Carol Deppe. I've not grown other chickpeas I've acquired due to her warning that cross pollination with other chickpeas can result in the loss of the popping ability. Since getting them to parch/pop has been more miss than hit, I'm considering whether to forget about that quality altogether and focus on some kind of adaptavar approach like what you are doing.
Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Apr 6, 2014 11:53:44 GMT -5
I haven't tried Carol Deppe's popping chickpea.
I started with perhaps 5 varieties of chickpea. I don't remember which other than they included ottawagardener's chickpeas. They were planted packet-to-row, but got harvested in bulk due to weeds and weather.
I'm trying chickpeas this year. Boring supermarket soup-mix variety. The ones in the image are a germination test/head start. I was not sure if some of them where still viable as they where almost 15 years old and the internet was very unhelpful as to how long of a growing season they would need.
It would appear that even though the seeds from two different sources (same brand different decades) looked the same I have two different varieties. It's a little hard to tell from the image but the plants in the middle have fan shaped leaves instead of frond like.
Yes, they do sometimes have a problem with rotting. I planted a handful of chickpeas I pulled out of bags of "healthy bean mix" I got from a Korean grocery. But all of them damped off. Pity. I may go and try and get some more bags though as some of those chickpeas were HUGE. and I mean huge, a few of them when soaked and imbibed, swelled up to the size of a small fava bean. See pic below, taken back before they all died (long row are chickpeas, short row are Andean lupines and some roundish common beans)