I’ve done a little bit of research, and yes! You can grow chickpeas. I found this really useful document online, click here, provided by Sewing New Seeds. It tells you exactly what to do and the possible problems and diseases associated with growing chickpeas. Obviously I’ve not tried this myself yet, but I am definitely going to give it some thought with a view to possibly growing some next year.
I have found a website where you can buy chickpea seeds from called The Organic Gardening Catalogue, just in case you would like to have a go too.
I have recently bought some “sprouting mix” from a shop called Unicorn in Chorlton Manchester. It contains the following seeds: chickpeas, brown lentils, green lentils and sunflower seeds. I have not grown them before and am looking forward to trying them when they are ready.
They have already begun sprouting as you can see from the photographs above. I’m using a plastic seed sprouter also bought from Unicorn, it has two layers to place the sprouting seeds on as well as a drip tray to collect the water you pour over each day to wash them and a top to help sprinkle the water.
To prepare the seeds I soaked them overnight, rinsed and spread over the two layers of the sprouting tray. Then I placed the tray in a warm location out of direct sunlight. I have to rinse them daily and they will take 3 to 4 days to be ready. So far they have been sprouting one day and you can see the shoots already beginning to show. They will be lovely in salads or on sandwiches.