Spring Has Sprung, as well as, garden cleaning

Last year I grew Okra. For the first time. Okra.

Clemson Spineless Green Okra

I love Okra and wondered why I had never attempted potting it before. Maybe because before coming to New Orleans, the husband (who I shall going forward refer to as ‘B’) and I lived in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Okra needs a minimum of six hours of strong sun and 65ish days to maturity (if you have ever lived in a zone 5 you know what I’m talking about). New Orleans is a zone 9. ‘Nuff said.

Anyways, I potted a store bought seedling, and was permanently and madly in LOVE. It grew beautiful 3- inch long fruit, which just kept coming. I used them in my Mardi Gras Gumbo (recipe later) and sliced lengthwise, and gently sauteed in butter and garlic.YUMMY! But the best part was….. the…the… glorious flowers! Butter yellow, single order petals, with a small magenta eye. I never knew. Had I known (but that’s another story). I am attempting to grow more this year and potted up several seedlings today. They look a bit smallish, but ya gotta have faith. Updates to follow.

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