Chick Peas are somewhat frost tolerant but will perform best where daytime temperatures range between 65 and 80º.
Direct Seed chick peas into the garden about 2 weeks before the average last frost in spring, you can also sow a second planting a few weeks after the frost date to allow for a continues harvest . if you start Chick peas indoors, it is advisable to do so in peat pots that can placed directly into the soil without disturbing the root system.
Sow chickpea seeds 1½ to 2 inches deep, and space them 4 to 6 inches apart. You may have to thin out some unsuccessful plants later, if so cut them away at the soil level so as not to disturb neighboring roots. Rows should be spaced 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart. Slight overcrowding is permissible with chickpeas as they tend to support each other.
Avoid planting chickpeas , or any peas or beans for that matter in succession with other legumes / beans. Good companion plants are strawberries, cucumbers, melons and celery . Avoid planting near to, or in succession with onions or Garlic.
See - Companion Planting
Regular watering is needed , don't drown them , just keep them watered when rainfall is not sufficient. During drought and dry spells Frequent, light watering is best. Try to keep the soil uniformly moist, but the leaves dry to avoid fungal diseases. You will also want to avoid handling chickpeas when they are wet or moist , as this may help to spread fungal spores.
PESTS & DISEASES
Common pests are Aphids, beetles, Leaf Hoppers and mites .
Chickpeas are susceptible to anthracnose, blight, and mosaic. If any of these have been a problem in the past, plant disease resistant varieties. Proper sanitary practices are vital to the health of your garden. Proper sanitation can help to ensure disease-free and productive plants. [See: ]
HARVEST & STORAGE
Chickpeas will be harvestable 90 - 100 days after planting. Chickpeas can also be picked when still immature and green and eaten like snap beans. For dried chickpeas, harvest the entire plant when the leaves have withered and browned place the entire plant on a warm, dry ventilated surface and allow the pods to fully dry. Collect the seed when the pods split open.
Unshelled chickpeas will keep in the refrigerator for 7 - 10 days. Dried, shelled chickpeas will keep for up to a year. They can also be sprouted, frozen, or canned.