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Growing Cowpeas, also Black eye peas, Southern peas

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Cowpeas in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. When soil begins to warm up. After frosts finish.. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 59°F and 95°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: Rows 1 Metre apart
  • Harvest in 11-14 weeks.

Cowpeas are heat and dry tolerant but frost will finish them. Can be grown in cooler areas if they are started under cover and planted out after last frost. They are an ancient food source and have probably been used since Neolithic times .

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Cowpeas

Young leaves can be cooked and used like spinach and are very high in protein. The young pods are edible.

Your comments and tips

14 Mar 17, Phil Gray (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Where can I purchase these peas?
15 Mar 17, Jack (Australia - temperate climate)
After a fair bit of searching I got onto Kiwi Seeds in Blenheim. I spoke to Maren and she said they didn't have them currently but could get them. They normally supply farmers but would be haappy to supply you some. talk to them on 3 578 0468. Trust this helps
17 Nov 13, herb (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Cowpeas,are they a ground cover or climber? I would like to dig some back in as nutrient.Is that ok?
07 Dec 15, Ray S (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Rather belated reply but cowpeas come in both bush and climbing forms, just like common beans. They make an excellent green manure during the warmer months in my climate zone and I'd expect they'd do well any time in the subtropics. Some are adapted to the wet tropics and others to the dry tropics. I grow them with minimal watering. Some I grow for the dry seeds to use in winter stews and others I grow as a green manure crop.

Where can I purchase these peas?

- Phil Gray

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