Indoor gardening is often limited to herbs, leafy greens and the odd tomato. However I see no reason why a small quantity of more substantial crops cannot be produced. For me this year, these are Chickpeas and Peas. I have chosen to grow my chickpeas from dried beans bought from my local supermarket. This is a slightly riskier strategy as I cannot be 100% sure of the variety or how they will grow. However the upside is that I bought a 1kg bag for a few pounds and the five chickpeas used for growing have cost me literally pennies. Chickpeas are also a convenient bush type plant as oppose to a vine and therefore are more suited to small spaces. I will be using rigorous pruning to keep my plants small and manageable.
To plant chickpeas –
- Soak dried (not canned or cooked) chickpeas in clean water over night.
- Drain and pat dry.
- Place into a pot filled with compost or good soil.
- Cover with a layer of compost/soil about 1cm deep.
- Shoots should appear after 7-10 days. The young shoots are edible and very tasty if you wanted to eat them now!
If you can’t find dried chickpeas, you can by them online here
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