10/30/2023 last peppers

The last peppers of the season piled on the gray ceramic kitchen table. There are long curly skinny yellow corbaci, big red bell, green bells, and brown-purple bells, and two little triangular apple peppers.
Before the hard freeze I cut down all the pepper plants (plus a few stray and unfortunately sized okra) and put them in the garage. The next day when I had time, I sorted and weighed them. we got a good last bunch of all our pepper varieties for this year! Paula notes of the sweet peppers, the apple peppers were sweetest when both red and green. The California wonder bell and chocolate bell were both more bitter when young/green. The Chef likes the thin and easy to cut corbaci peppers.

08/06/2022 tiny successes

The fall obedient plant has some tiny flowers.
One partridge pea has pods! This is important because it’s an annual. I have 2-3 individuals that were blooming at one time so hopefully the seeds make.
Did some tomato pruning and found a lot of tomatoes, one Madhu ras cantaloupe melon, and Paula got an okra.

Okra: a poll (n=17 people) for future reference (updated Sept 2022)

  • Roast okra with olive oil and salt until softened or blackened: 5
  • Fried: 3
  • Don’t like it: 1
  • Pickled with or without hot peppers: 3
  • In various saucy bases:
    • In tomato sauce with garam masala: 2
    • Coconut curry (Sri Lankan): 1
    • Bangladeshi curry: 1
    • Curry (region unspecified): 1
    • Chili: 1
    • Gumbo: 4
  • Don’t even bother: 1
  • In chili: 1
  • Boiled: 2
  • In patties with egg, flour, and onion: 1
  • Not sure: 2
  • Eat it raw: 1
  • Saute in any vegetable with seasoning such as garlic granules, salt and pepper, smoked paprika, vegetarian spice blends: 1

06/12/2022 yard

Maybe Phacelia?
I found at least four leaves full of my amazing tree hopper friends.
Each leaf had a different set of adults or immatures.
Adults get taken care of too.
Babies!!!
The leaf bends where the treehopper eggs were.
Lace bug
Frogfruit east of patio is doing well. Just moved a piece there this spring.
Nice true bug
Dog flower highly mobile.
Monarda future flower bud??
Baptisia and okra
Rudbeckia maxima from Abby has a new leaf.
A planthopper (Flatidae) on curly dock. First time for this family in the yard?? I used to see them regularly at home.
Rattlesnake master still lives.
Passionvine (seeds from Bartlesville) doing well in their second year.
Tiny bee on butterfly milkweed
Hedeoma in with Datura.

06/08/2022 rainy day

A few last baby winecups sprouting long after their big relatives.
Nightshade can flower even in a tiny pot!
So much rain.
Stubby variety okra is up!

05/31/2022

Butterfly milkweed has finally opened!
Stubby okra seedling
Having walking onions as a garnish is an easy way to get a meal bloggable.
All dished up.
Glass gem popcorn seems very happy!

Tuesday evening

A milkweed beetle!! Very exciting! It’s sitting on a tepary bean though, silly friend.
Salvia greggii are doing amazing right now.
“landlocked gumbo” says the Chef. Okra, mini bell pepper, tam jalapeño pepper, and moss curled parsley all from garden.