Saturday, May 25, 2013

For easily 8 years I've happily grown and shared "Iron Clay" cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) due to extreme vigor, tender young protein-rich leaves and virtually zero pest or disease issues, with the pods edible at a few stages of growth, ending with dried seeds for cooking. But for the second year in a row I am pulling up any volunteers I see and feeding them to the chickens so I can test other cowpeas that make larger pods and bigger dried seeds. I bought a packet of "Dixie Lee cowpea" from this company and want to try 'Turkey Craw' that is supposed to make QUITE large pods and seeds. Every kind of cowpea I have ever grown has been super-reliable, though the sub-species that is the basis for the Asian Yard Long Beans seems to result in productive but short lived vines vs. cowpeas thriving all summer and well into early fall.

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