Adaptable, drought-tolerant, and productive
Competes well with summer weeds, even Bermuda grass.
Fast to shell (that's the "ripper" part). High-yielding with up to 18 beans per pod
Cowpeas are also excellent attractants for beneficial insects due to nectar-releasing sites on the leaflets. Fixes a lot of nitrogen (up to .57 pounds per 100 square feet). Tolerates some shade; can be planted in orchards or vineyards. Can be used for hay or grain in addition to making compost. Needs warm soil.
A great all-round summer cover crop that makes food as well.
BOTANICAL NAME: Vigna sinensis
Soak the seed overnight to break 'hard seed' dormancy. Seed should swell up. Sow into sunny garden bed after all danger of frost pas passed and soil is warm (60 degrees). Cowpeas are very adaptable; but their growing season must be warm. Sow 1" deep into most any well-drained soil, not too alkaline. Needs moisture to get established; thereafter drought-tolerant. Summer cover crop for smothering weeds and growing biomass for compost. Large yields of small red beans.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: W, H/ Matures 9-12/ Harvest 8/ Yield sed 4.5; Green hay 183/ Spacing 12-24"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Tolerates hot weather and stores well and bee friendly