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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.