Peas, California Blackeye (Vigna unguiculata) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Sow early spring to fall
•USDA Zones: 3-12
The most popular of Southern pea varieties, ‘California Blackeye’ produces peas with rich, gently sweet flavor and good, meaty texture, to be enjoyed fresh or dried. Cowpeas seeds were first domesticated in Africa where sixty six percent of the world’s production still occurs. These garden vegetables are very tolerant of and do well in dry, sandy soil and hot temperatures. In addition to not needing much water, cowpea plants can regulate nitrogen in the soil making this a very self-sufficient garden vegetable.
This food is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein and Niacin, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. Blackeyed peas have been shown to improve heart and brain health when eaten regularly.
Because peas thrive in cool weather and do not transplant well, Green Arrow garden pea seeds should be planted outside 4-6 weeks before the last frost or when the average soil temperature reaches at least 40 degrees F. If planting later, remember that most peas won't tolerate weather above 75 degrees F. If planting peas in your soil for the first time, keep in mind that a powder inoculant of beneficial bacteria should coat the seeds. Plant the peas 2" apart and 2" deep in light soil and full sun. For an early spring crop, plant in the same manner in the fall. Peas do not do well when planted near onions or garlic. Before they bloom, pea plants need to be kept moist but not wet; after blooming, slightly increase the watering. Remove weeds carefully to avoid disturbing the plants; mulch may be helpful to conserve moisture and control weeds.
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