Thursday, June 5, 2014

First Harvest From Our Self-Watering Container Fall Garden

Shoulda' planted more okra!
Originally posted 10-14-09

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Okra Harvest From Our Fall Self-Watering Container Garden

Okra Blooms
Okra blooms are pretty!

We only have two containers with seven plants, so we'll have to cut each okra before it gets too big and store them in the fridge until we get enough for a meal.  The first day, Monday, we  harvested  (1), count'em, one.  But today we cut off three.  So, eventually we'll have enough.

It's best to have more plants to get enough ripe okra at one picking, so you can prepare them immediately after harvest.  When they start to come in heavily, we can just freeze the excess for the lean months.

Okra Receipe

Here's our receipe for "oven" fried (have to watch that cholestrol) okra that's a good alternative to the southern pan fried grandma used to make:
  • Cut okra into 1/4 inch slices.
  • Dip into egg white.
  • Roll in salted and peppered cornmeal.
  • Double spray non-stick cookie sheet with Pam.
  • Place prepared okra single layered on the cookie sheet.
  • Spray the okra with Pam.
  • Put oven rack on bottom rung of the oven.
  • Place cookie sheet with okra in oven, preheated to 400 degrees.
  • Bake until bottoms of okra  is brown
  • Turn okra over and brown the other side.
  • Eat!

Next Harvest Very Soon ..... Watermelon

Watermelon container garden

Our fingers (or in my case, claws) are crossed that we can get these beauties ripe before a frost.  We're getting a cool down this weekend (thank god), but the lows are only going to be in the 50's, with high's in the 70's.  Perfect!

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Certified Organic worm castings and VermaPlex for okra

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