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    Hey everyone,

    Here are the okra pics. I also included a photo of butter crunch lettuce. I start the seeds anywhere I have space and transplant them in a container...would do them in ground this year, but something has been nibbling on the older lettuce.




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    Wow, those okra are giant, empowered (or are those child hands holding them?)

    Just ordered my seeds for next year (I guess that's one way to pass time over the fall/winter). I'm only doing heirloom, open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds next year, so I can then dry the seeds from what grows and use those seeds the following year (seeds from hybrid and GMO grown plants won't reproduce the following year).

    And I have to admit that I'm a doofus. I never realized that sunflower seeds come from sunflowers. I'm trying to talk my husband into letting me have a few chickens and a sheep. I'd be very happy living on a farm I think. My paternal grandparents had a sorta farm (more like a homestead). And had chickens, fruit trees, grapes, killed a cow and a pig each year, lots of vegetables grown. I wish I'd paid more attention when I was a kid. Back then we just complained about having to go gather eggs from the coop or shelling beans or picking up all the pecans from the ground or having to crank the ice cream maker all day.

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    We're in the middle of a heavy rainstorm and my fall leaf lettuce crop is coming along nicely! The days are in the low 70's, nights around 50, so it hasn't gotten too cold yet. The mustard transplants are also doing well.

    I cleared out the old bell pepper vines Tuesday...if I feel up to it, I'll clear out the rest of my garden except for the collards, which love this time of year.









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    Hello all,


    @ OHR- Yep. They belong to my 4 year old daughter.

    The largest okra I harvested was soooo tough to slice, in addition, the seeds were big and brown. I proceeded to fry them anyhow and boy that particular okra sure was hard to chew! The others were slightly smaller, but very easy to slice and the seeds were small and white. Those were very tender and yummy. I know what size to harvest them now. There is more growing...I think I'll try my hand at okra and stewed tomatoes.

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    Yeah you have to be careful with okra...too big and its not tender.

    I got some brussel sprout babies at my local nursery...I may get some broccoli too just in case the ones I started from seed may not make it this year. The broccoli I started is at least 2 months old maybe and still quite small. The ones from the nursery are probably 3+ months already. Hmmm....

    My lettuce is coming in nicely too and I made another raised bed this weekend.

    Chandra with those non GMO seeds if you are not careful the plant can still get mixed (the next generation) together unless you protect them somehow. Like planting two different varieties of heirloom tomato plants too closely or cucumbers. A bee or the wind can easily pollinate them and the seeds from that fruit could be blended. You could get a good blend.. sometimes not.

    Even though my cucumbers were hybrids I think I would still like to try and grow them again by saving the seeds. Wouldn't hurt anything to see what would happen. But its so nice looking at all the seed catalogues for next year. Gardening is fun.
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    I'm jealous!!! I recently purchased a home out in the rural area of town and have found that there are a lot of wild rabbits in the neighborhood . I will admit that they are so cute as I see them daily when I'm out walking. But, I know if I start a garden it'll be just to feed them as I've seen them in my back yard numerous times. At my previous residence we had a community garden and I grew collards and tomatoes. I was hoping to do the same here. Hopefully I'll figure something out soon. Happy gardening ladies!
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    Sohful you can always use fencing around your veggies. Those cute little furry guys shouldn't stop you from gardening. Go for it!

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    Did ya'll know that greens can be stir-fried? I did it with some mustard greens, onion and garlic last night! I'mma gonna try stirfrying collards this weekend.









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    Better for you too OHR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by creativity View Post
    Better for you too OHR!
    I know!! Greens don't have to be smothered w/turkey or hamhocks to be delicious, as I found out. You do want to simmer them after stir frying. I added a bit of chicken stock.









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