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Black-eyed Peas

The black-eyed pea is hard-to-miss with its pale body and small, black "eye." Traditionally, in the United States, it's used in Southern dishes.

Size: 30 to 36 inches.

Sunlight requirements: Light shading.

Water requirements: Keep soil evenly moist.

Soil requirements: Sandy, well-drained soil.

When to plant: After danger of frost is gone and soil is warm.

Where to plant: On stakes, to keep off the ground.

When to harvest: 90 to 100 days after planting.

Product storage: Store in airtight jars or bags in a cool, dry place.

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