Okra Hedges, Sweet Corn all Summer, and Succesions for Warm-Season Crops


 

hill nation heirloom red okra becks large sire okra 

I was
already operative on a square about approach sowing comfortable deteriorate crops when what
should cocktail adult though a good tip from Adrian Higgins during a Washington Post about sowing an okra sidestep as a
decorative and organic edge. It was sparkling that Adrian listed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange as a source of heirloom okra
seeds. Don’t worry if we don’t have room for a hedge. A tiny family only
needs a few plants to be good granted with uninformed okra if it is harvested
regularly.

For
those looking toward some-more self-sufficiency, okra has dark value: a seed pods enclose adult to 15% oil and in new trials was only
out yielded by sunflower seeds. During a Civil War belligerent okra seed was
roasted and used as a non-caffeinated coffee substitute. All of that, and gumbo,
makes okra a unfeeling good value adding to your garden. The plants keep
producing all summer, so we usually need to boar once for harvests all season.

The
soil has finally warmed adult adequate for approach sowing comfortable deteriorate crops like
corn, beans and zucchini. But don’t plant your whole stand during once. Take
some hints from Barbara Damrosch on creation succession plantings to have a solid supply of these
popular crops all summer.

grey zucchinicrookneck squash 

Optimizing
your planting and collect will take a few years of profitable courtesy to first
planting date, final planting date, how prolonged harvests last, and also observant how
you use a stand in a kitchen. You’ll shortly have a devise that’s ideal for your
family. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait to get started with succession
plantings. You can use info from your a Mother Earth News Vegetable Garden Planner, your internal prolongation bureau or
Master Gardener organisation on planting dates and approaching yields. Southern Exposure has a guide to warm-season successions.


ashworth honeyed corn country lady corn 

You
can also demeanour to normal knowledge to get started. we boar my subsequent honeyed corn crop
when a initial is 2′ or 3′ high by July. My grandmother
always planted more

cucumber, cantaloupe, zucchini and other summer squash and 3 corn
varieties with opposite majority dates each month from a final ice date
until 2 months before a initial tumble ice (May, June, Jul in Virginia). For
lettuce we can boar some-more when the
previous sowing has germinated. Sow some-more beans when a progressing plants have
their second set of loyal leaves.

Quick
Okra Lunch

4
c. okra, diced
1 immature pepper, chopped
Optional:
1 tiny jalapeno or identical prohibited pepper, chopped (seeds removed)

2 tiny onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. olive oil
3 med. tomatoes, chopped
salt and peppers to taste

Place a okra, onions, pepper(s) and garlic into a prohibited skillet with a olive oil. Saute
over middle feverishness until tender. Add a tomatoes and let cook for 30 minutes,
stirring frequently. Season to ambience with salt and pepper. Makes 5 servings.
You can supplement leftover meat, shrimp, or tofu only before portion to make a hearty
lunch dish.

Thanks
for interlude by and we wish you’ll come behind mostly to see what we’re growing
and cooking.

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Ira Wallace lives
and gardens during Acorn Community Farm home of


Southern Exposure Seed Exchange


where she coordinates accumulation preference and seed growers. Southern Exposure
offers 700+varieties of Non-GMO, open pollinated and organic seeds. Ira is also
a co-organizer of a


Heritage
Harvest Festival during Monticello


. She serves on the
board of a Organic Seed Alliance and is a visit presenter during a Mother
Earth News Fairs


and many other
events


via a Southeast. Her
first book a “The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the
Southeast” will be accessible in 2013