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9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? Easy to grow
What are the cons? Grew vines more than expected
I bought a load of dirt to fill new raised beds, and NOTHING I planted grew - except these cowpeas. Not only was my dirt terrible but we had hot, dry weather that killed anything else that managed to sprout. These cowpeas took low soil fertility and terrible weather conditions in stride and produced tons of delicious cowpeas for us to eat.
I also really liked how the bean pods were a dark purple, which made them easy to find in the green foliage. I let the pods dry completely on the vines and shelled the cowpeas for dried beans.
The plants did vine into the garden pathways some, which surprised me since the description made them sound like compact bush plants. The vine growth was minimal, and easy to tuck back into their own garden bed so it wasn't a problem.
I did use an inoculate when I planted the seeds. I will absolutely be planting these again!
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8 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:
What are the pros? easy to grow, vining plants
What are the cons? nothing so far
I was expecting these to be short and bushy but they are actually long and vining. This is great for my raised bed. Almost every set of flowers is double Podded. Have not tried yet. Will be adding a different kind next year to go alongside my remaining beans.
18 out of 19 people found the following review helpful:
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plants grew to a nice size from direct seeding and 100% germination in Appalachian region, I picked them just before they started to dry out and boiled them fresh in just some salted water. Also easy to indicate when ready b/c the pods turn to a beautiful dark purple.
17 out of 17 people found the following review helpful:
I live in the Northeast. Never grew cowpeas before. These grew so well here. They did better than any of my beans. No pests bothered these plants at all (they chewed UP my beans and peppers). 100% germination. Very hardy withstood dry weather in mid summer, and the 'hurricane' conditions in late summer. Pretty purple flowers and pods, nice looking plants and very productive. Picked them dry and haven't had a chance to taste them yet. (summer 2011)