Direct sow 1” deep when soil temps have reached 65°F, ideally by early June for dry beans. Plant at 2-4” in-row spacing and 12” between rows. Very heat and drought tolerant, also good as summer leguminous cover crop. For dry beans, pull entire plants & allow to after-ripen and dry before processing. May also be eaten green at any stage.
Collect seeds from beans that are fully dry. Shell by hand, winnow or screen to clean. Cowpeas are self-pollinating and do not need isolation for seed saving purposes