The red, crimson, etc. do best here. They tolerate the more acidic soils better, though I still have to lime. With our soil conditions, if we do not get timely spring rain, they do not re seed well. We really need to re seed every second year. Maybe three, if all goes well. It is really questionable whether it is worth the cost here. I am better off encouraging wild plants, and over seeding with oats etc. Fortunately, we have a long growing season.
I just cannot bear to spend more on the greens than the rest of their feed. It can get expensive. I am always trying to learn where the balance is. Much of it is taking advantage of what I have.
ETA: Anyone know where to get chickpea seeds?
I have wanted to plant chick peas for my own consumption for a while now, but haven't quite threaded the needle, so to speak, with climate and timing here in South Central Texas. They're not supposed to like hot dry weather OR cool wet weather (and we usually only have either of these), but rather cooler dry weather, as I recall. I'll be interested in following if anyone has anything to add.
I've only ever found the seeds in smaller amounts for garden planting (pretty darn expensive if you're looking for high volume), but I can't claim to have done a full search in the right places - it would depend on how much you needed. HOWEVER, I HAVE gotten bulk organic chick peas at the health food store and successfully sprouted them. Never tried to cultivate as a grown plant (yet), but it's an awful lot cheaper than planting seeds, may be worth a test try.
- Ant Farm