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How to grow cicerchie: indications on how to cultivate the grass pea, when to plant it in the garden and the care to be devoted to the plants. Sowing period and useful tips.
Cultivation of cicerchie
Cicerchie appear in the list of legumes but are only rarely grown in the Italian garden. Why? They are thought to require a lot of care, yet this is not the case. Cicerchie are very popular on the table and you cancultivate in the vegetable gardenwith ease, they just want weeding while growing and moderate watering.Cultivate the cicerchienot only allows you to bring fresh legumes to the table, but also allows you to enrich the soil with precious substances for subsequent crops: I would like to point out that the grass pea plants as well as those of wild peas are grown in the green manuring technique of the soil.
Cultivate the cicerchia for green manure
How to cultivate the cicerchia for green manure? in this case, the plants must be buried before the cicerchia blooms. The cicerchia in bloom, in fact, uses all the nutrients to bring the flower to the formation of the seed (the one we bring to the kitchen), for this reason, if your purpose is to cultivate the cicerchia for green fertilization (green manure) you will have to bury plants in maximum development but before they produce flowers.
How to grow grass peas in the vegetable garden
All legumes have the ability to leave the soil richer than they found it, in practice, by cultivating grass peas, even if you wait for the seed production times, you will be able to enrich the soil with new nutrients. The reason? The root system of legumes is very particular and creates symbiosis with bacteria capable of fixing nitrogen, this means that the leguminous plants do not subtract nitrogen from your soil because they obtain it from bacteria capable of releasing it into the rhizosphere (i.e. close to the same roots as the legume plants).
Cicerchia: sowing period
In what period are the cicerchie planted?Sowing takes place in autumn, in October. In this period various legumes are sown, not only cicerchie (Lathyrus sativus).
How the cicerchia is grown
All you need to do is to level the soil with surface digging. Sowing occurs in the fall and the cycle of cultivationlasts about 6 months.
Generally the cicerchiaYessowingin rows 50 cm apart. How many seeds of cicerchia are needed to cultivate the edges of the garden? Based on the surface you want cultivate, calculates that a seed dose of 1 - 1.2 kg per 100 square meters of soil is used.
The only attention to be paid tocultivationit is weeding during growth with the elimination of weeds.
To maximize thecollected, cancultivate the cicerchiain a sunny area. The cicerchia also spreads spontaneously and in a few years you could get spontaneous plants that give you cicerchie in full autonomy.
After the first planting and harvest, when working the soil, be careful not to completely eliminate the plant's roots from the soil as they are rich in nitrogen.
How to sow the cicerchie
cansow the cicerchiain the marginal areas of the garden or even in the poorest and driest soils. You will have understood that you do not need a particularly rich soil because this plant adapts well to even the most difficult soils: the only condition is that they are draining and free from water stagnation.
There are several varieties of cicerchie. Try to choose the ones with large white seeds that are better to bring to the table. On “this Amazon page” you can find different varieties of cicerchia seeds, if you live in the Marche or Molise, in the agricultural consortia of your area you could find local varieties.
Is the cicerchia poisonous or toxic?
Is the cicerchia bad? Not if consumed sporadically, only prolonged consumption and in high quantities can cause an intoxication called latirism, which is very dangerous and affects the lower limbs. It is not necessary to be alarmed because we Italians can count on a varied diet. In Africa, poisoning from cicerchia are very common because in areas where there are continuous famines, the population feeds exclusively on this legume, a bit like it also happened in Italy with polenta and the spread of polenta disease known as pellagra.