Growing Organic Garbanzo Bean Cover Crop Garden Seeds
- Latin Name: Cicer arietinum
- Common Names: Chickpea, Chana, Bengal Gram, Gram
- Garbanzo Hardiness Zones: 2-11 (Grown as an annual)
- Organic Garbanzo Days to Maturity: 100 days
- Garbanzo Seeding Rate: ~80-95 lbs per 1000 sq. ft
- Garbanzo Growth Habit: Organic garbanzo seeds mature into a 18-24" tall legume cover crop with a clean vetch-style spread
- Soil Benefits: Non-GMO garbanzo bean grows a deep taproot known to break up firm, uncultivated soil. As a legume, garbanzo is a natural nitrogen-fixer, restoring lost nitrogen into depleted soils
- Grow Temp Preference: 50-85°F
- Garden Light Preference: Full sun (Reduced yields in partial shade)
- Pests/Diseases/Troubleshooting: Although organic Cicer arietinum is a tenacious garden cover crop known for its tolerance to drought and extremes, it can be susceptible to Fusarium wilt, which is known to stunt growth and production. Garbanzo beans should be inoculated prior to planting to ensure the most benefits to the soil
- Garbanzo Color: Solid fern-like greens with several small, seasonal violet blooms
- Organic Garbanzo Cover Crop Mow: When seeded as a cover crop, mow non-GMO organic garbanzo bean when it has reached 50% blooms, mulching back into garden soil 3-4 weeks before sowing new crop
About Organic Garbanzo Bean Cover Crop Garden Seeds
Non-GMO organic garbanzo bean cover crop is a full sun favorite best grown directly in early spring for summer mulching, or late fall for spring tilling. Broadcast garbanzo seed directly and lightly rake and tamp into soil or, for more traditional planting, directly sow 1-2 orgnaic garbanzo bean seeds 1” deep and 4-6” apart in average garden soil in full sun. As a legume, garbanzo beans should be treated in legume inoculant prior to sowing to ensure roots develop healthy nodules to provide the most amount of nitrogen back into the soil. Non-GMO organic garbanzo beans germinate in 5-14 days and, if row planting, thin back to one plant every 8-10” apart in the garden as true leaves establish. Although organic Cicer arietinum is a tenacious garden cover crop known for its tolerance to drought and extremes, it can be susceptible to Fusarium wilt, which is known to stunt growth and production. Organic garbanzo seeds mature into a 18-24" tall legume cover crop with a clean vetch-style spread. When seeded as a cover crop, mow non-GMO organic garbanzo bean when it has reached 50% bloom, mulching back into garden soil 3-4 weeks before sowing new crop.
Known by a variety of names throughout the world, including chickpea and chana, heirloom garbanzo bean has been one of the most popularly domesticated crops ever. The garbanzo bean is widely sown as a culinary staple throughout much of Asia, with nearly 70% of the world's production coming from India. Recently, the garbanzo bean has made a resurgence as a viable nitrogen-fixing cover crop able to be sown as a beneficial companion plant or tilled back into the soil as an all-natural organic green mulch.
Organic Garbanzo Bean Benefits
Non-GMO Cicer arietinum is a popular cover crop traditionally sown in the fall to replenish nitrogen content in garden soil while breaking up tough soils. Similar to Daikon radish and mustards, garbanzo seeds grow a deep taproot that can help prepare fields and grows spaces that have gone untouched in years or have never been cultivated. Whether grown between seasons or alongside a crop as a nitrogen-boosting companion plant, heirloom garbanzo bean seeds are traditionally sown for warm weather mowing to till and mulch into a sustainable organic green mulch. Unlike many taller legumes and grains, garbanzo is a low-growing crop and does not provide much relief against erosion and runoff. However, as a legume, organic garbanzo will benefit immensely from a legume inoculant to ensure its ability to maximize its nitrogen production in the soil.
Wholesale Organic Garbanzo Bean Cover Crop Garden Seeds Per Package:
- 8 oz - Wholesale - Approximately 600 Seeds
- 1 lb - Wholesale - Approximately 1,200 Seeds
- 2.5 lb - Wholesale - Approximately 3,000 Seeds
- 5 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 6,000 Seeds
- 35 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 42,000 Seeds
Non-GMO Organic Garbanzo bean cover crop garden seeds are available for Fast Free Shipping on orders over $45.