Category: Vegetables

Okra – The Demon spawn

I got a very rare and special Okra today. I am finding it on the web but only by individual growers. But first…. I was introduced to Okra in NY, though it is mainly a southern treat. My Aunt Lura use to send us up fresh pods every year. When we started growing in Oklahoma,

Old Folks Bean

Our fall crop of these Dragons Tongue are coming on stronger than our spring crop. A sweet, crisp and moist bean, we have no qualms about making room in our garden. Two twenty foot rows are giving us literally about a gallon of beans every 3 days. Though Shari and I love them, we have

Sweet Honey – Sponge Gourd

Well this is an interesting plant to say the least as we only got 2 seeds to germinate. We planted in Mid March and it really didn’t do much. Come the middle of August, I had a plant over 20 feet long and growing EVERYWHERE! I had pulled up my cucumber row as the plants

Back in The Beanstalk.

Doing a massive bean planting for for fall. So far we have 4 forty foot rows started. Dragon’s tongue beans are our favorite. Fast growing, easy to spot, and keeps coming back. These did and tasted great until the Oklahoma heat set in. These are our favorite bean now and we have a few in

To Bitter Or Not To Bitter

My bitter melon started coming up! I bought these as it says it regulates Diabetes. Normally when you get some kind of specialty cure, it is on a “Healthy Living” or a  “Holistic” website. If a Science or Science Health website talks about it, they always say, “it may help but not enough studies done”.

Dragon’s Tongue (Lóng zhī shé)

I only translated this into Chinese as the Gettle family is trying to try to adopt a couple of cute Chinese children. Might as well learn Chinese now. Anywho. Jessi has been trying to get me to try Dragon’s Tongue beans for a few years now. Between Blue Lake, Cave, Calima and Dragons Tongue, Dragons tongue

Mexican Sour Gherkin.

These Cucamelon (Mexican Sour Gherkin) are great. They love warmth and water. We have grown these every year for their abundance and slightly tart taste. You can get them from Baker creek Heirloom Seeds. The first year we trellised them up the front porch. We would grab a handful every time we left and came

Gourds, why?

Gourds are a thing we like to do every year. Why? I don’t know. Do we eat them? Nope! Do we use them for something? nope, nope, nope. We do, however, know people will snatch them up as soon as they are ready. Most people do projects with  them after they dry out. We might

2017 What Were Planting

This is our Plant growing guide for 2017. Not counting the 5 varieties of Garlic, Onions and strawberries we started last year. No! We do NOT plant every seed. We do not need 25 Cherry tomato plants and 500 paste tomatoes. Also, we can get about “3 seasons” and keep our garden growing all summer

Is your Pepper hot?

Is your hot pepper as hot as the Scoville unit says? I doubt it. We know that Scoville units basically uses taste testers, Professional pepper heads. It’s also been proven that testing in multiple laboratories, Scoville units are only about 50% accurate. There are newer methods but they haven’t been caught on by the pepper

I’itoi Onions

So my I’itoi Onions are coming up even better now that it has cooled off. Even the onions I didn’t think would make it are flourishing in this cooler weather, Oh yeah, I manged to make it out back after a week, but at night. Thats why a night picture. I have a couple good sized

Inchelium Red Garlic

So my red garlic finally came in. I have 4 more varieties coming and I will try to find all kinds of info! Inchelium Red Garlic (Softneck) A real winner; very large purple bulbs have a buttery flavor. This Native American variety was discovered in Washington. Soft-neck. Ethnic/Cultural Info Inchelium garlic is an heirloom variety