I keep reading about bloggers that are harvesting wonderful and delicious food from their veggie gardens. I can assure you they are NOT in Central Texas.
A six week lapse in rain has left my garden in a sad and sorry state. While we did get a good dousing last week, it was really too late to cause any more harvest.
However, all is not lost. There is a late summer gardening consolation prize. Two plants that somehow manage to produce in blistering heat and an occasional watering from the garden hose.
Let’s get it started in here with Black-Eyed Peas. I usually plant these in early June after the onions and lettuce harvest.
I also plant them because they help get rid of root knot nematodes, which, next to the squash vine borer, is an evil-weevil.
While I love me some of these little beggars with cornbread on a cold winter day, Mr. SH will not even touch them. Mine, mine, mine!!!!
You may love it or hate it, but Okra is a hit around here.
Usually, I just go out and pick some okra, chop it into small pieces. I then coat it in olive oil and a little salt.
Bake at 350-degrees for about 15-20 minutes. So good as a side dish with rice and chicken.
If your are from the Land of Fried (like me), then you may like this okra recipe.
Occasionally, I forget to pick my okra for a day or two and I get mutant okra.
These were so tough that I couldn’t even cut them with a knife.
I considered spray painting them and calling them art, instead, they went into the compost bin.
I’m curious to see how long it will take for them to break down. It could be a while.
What is left may be a sad, weedy remnant of its Spring glory,
but soon there will be a wonderful Fall garden full of carrots, garlic, lettuces, greens, peppers, and (can you believe it) even tomatoes.
I can’t wait!