The Black-eyed Pea should be sown directly in the garden once all risk of frost has passed. Plant them every 16 inches in rich, well-drained soil, exposed to full sun. It can even thrive in sandy soil. Extremely drought-resistant, it's essential not to overwater to prevent root rot. It requires warm soil and temperatures above 15°C to grow, so use mulch to retain soil warmth. Germination occurs within 2 to 5 days after planting.
All parts of the black-eyed pea plant are edible, including its leaves. The pods, averaging 20 centimeters, can be consumed when young or mature, as can the delicious fresh or dried peas.
Black-eyed peas are resistant to diseases and pests, but be cautious of slugs.