Chickpea – are one of the most commonly grown legumes in the world. Attempts are being made to grow it in Lithuania, and the various experiences of farmers show that it is possible to grow it, but there is a danger of simply not harvesting in a rainy autumn. The yield also depends on the density of the crop, because only 1-2 seeds ripen in the pods of these tall plants.
Use: for food, fodder. Accumulates atmospheric nitrogen.
Cultivation features: Chickpeas are undemanding to the soil, but plants with long vegetation. They can be sown early, as the seeds start to germinate even at a soil temperature of 5°C. Unfortunately, these plants are sensitive to soil moisture and do not like waterlogging, so there is a risk that the crop will thin out in a rainy spring.
Covering the seeds with effective nodule bacteria provides energy for seed germination, which then promotes plant growth. By the way, it is very important for nodular bacteria to have sufficient soil moisture and aeration (i.e. that the soil is not compacted).