Not only are the black eyed peas good for my soul, they are also good for my soil. These legumes are considered a hot weather crop and should be sown in late spring or early summer. I happened to sow the peas in rows but my husband says that you may broadcast them too.
The black eyed peas make for wonderful ground cover. They spread quickly as low ramblers and covers the ground and thus hold down the weeds. They also attract bees and other pollinators and add nitrogen to the soil.
Unfortunately, the black eyed peas are susceptible to root knot nematodes and that is one of the reasons that crop rotation is important. I prefer to pull up the plants from the ground as soon as possible after the harvest is completed.
The black eyed peas are easy to pick and easy to shell. I just put a pound of them into the freezer for later. I blanched them, cooled them under running water, and packed them into a plastic bag. They had a delicate green color in at least fifty shades.
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