Botanical Name: Cajanus cajan syn. Cajanus indicus
Yesterday we finally planted out the Pigeon Pea plants I grew from Seed Savers' seeds. They were well overdue for planting out, all 15 of them crowded into a styrofoam box (which I use for seedlings) and quite tall already.
Pigeon pea grows as a shrub to about 3m high. I have one mature plant from last year's efforts growing on a terraced area behind the house with numerous other edibles and natives. Yesterday, we planted most of them around (outside) two sides of the duck yard, another one on the same terrace and one amongst some bananas.
This edible hedge will have many purposes:
- as animal fodder (the seeds are 25% protein and the leaves are also edible)
- food for humans (the seeds, cooked, become dahl)
- as mulch for themselves and nearby fruiting trees, pumpkin vines and banana plants
- nitrogen fixing for surrounding plants
- a windbreak
- to beautify the duck pen built from recycled materials
These shrubs have a lifespan of up to five years or so, but are quick-growing and can be started from seed when we need to re-plant.