City Living

Okra Grows In Brooklyn

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Naysayers, take note: Okra can grow in a window box.

I went away for a few days and when I came home, the okra plant in the kitchen of my fifth-floor walk-up was sporting a fuzzy, four-inch pod. The farmer who sold me the starter plant — or rather, gave it to me after my first round of okra withered —- told me to make haste in harvesting the pods.

But, proud okra mama that I am, I had to admire it on the vine for just one more day. The underside of the leaves and the stem have beads of sticky sap, which, I hope, bodes well for future offspring.

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Excellent! I am happy to be wrong. (I'd better be happy being wrong, or I'd live a very sad existence.)

Sent by Dave Wiley | 3:04 PM | 7-10-2008

nice pod-you've definitely got my okraspect

Sent by flora | 4:47 PM | 7-10-2008