Sunday, May 17, 2009

First Okra 2009

I'll be firing up the grill in a day or so, as our okra has started coming in. Most of the Clemson Spineless plants have pods, with the first few now obtaining a harvestable length. In comparison, the Emerald and Cajun Delight varieties are growing very slowly. They appear to be several weeks away from producing any pods.

Clemson Spineless Okra 2009

Here are a few more pictures of the garden's progress:

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Early Sunglow Corn and Peanut Plants

Gold Nugget Cherry Tomatoes

21 comments:

Fern @ Life on the Balcony said...

I can't believe you already have tomatoes and okra. Are you going to try and get two rounds of crops this year?

DP Nguyen said...

I agree with Fern. I'm so surprised your tomatoes and okra are doing so well and fruiting! My tomato plant is still so small! And no flowers yet!

John said...

Thanks for the comments Fern and DP. It is cool to have tomatoes so early. Unfortunately I'm afraid that their produciton might be short lived. The heat has kicked in way too early this year. We've recently had a few days over 100 and are hitting the high 90s almost daily. All the tomato blooms are dropping as a result. I plan on replanting in the Summer for a second crop in the Fall. Hopefully it will work out better than last year's attempt!

Anonymous said...

Hi John, I have been lurking your blog for a couple of months, as I am a first time grower of anything but turf grass...and I know absolutely NOTHING! I am doing only tomatoes this year, just to keep it simple.

Congrats on your early results!!!

I live in the Mojave desert in Hesperia, CA 92345 (three hours away from Las Vegas). I am using large 15 gallon pots, to keep a larger "reserve" of both water and root insulation as the weather gets hotter.

I am growing a San Marzano, Early Girl, Early Girl Bush, and a Heatwave. They absolutely exploded in growth this past week and a half.

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Thanks for blogging!

Avis said...

I'm a container gardener, too. On a city balcony. I can't believe your tomatoes look ripe already! Mine are barely past the sprout stage at this point. Cheers!

GardenerGirl said...

Man, I am jealous! Those plants look gorgeous, and I'm just getting started on planting for real this weekend. I hope the harvest lasts long enough to get some real enjoyment out of them. Try to keep cool!

Horacio Valdez said...

John... I really like your blog. Have you every used any type of self-watering reservoir for your containers? I am very busy and with the heat in Vegas, I have killed many container plants because I forgot to water them.

skaggs on the bluff said...

I had no room for okra this year.. trying 2 different kinds of sunflowers.

I am curious to see how the corn turns out!! may have to try that next year.

Sande said...

You have a very nice and interesting blog. I'm doing some container gardening too (in Michigan) so I'll enjoy keeping up with your site. Your veggies look good enough to eat!

Tisheena said...

Hi John, you have a great blog! I live in S Las Vegas, practically Henderson, and I just started a raised bed garden this year (tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini and watermelon in there right now). I'm doing four varieties of tomatoes and a bell pepper in containers as well.

My garden is on a drip system, but I water the pots by hand. I was just wondering if you water by hand and how you manage to make sure you're giving regular amounts of water.

Thanks for all the great info!

mothernaturesgarden said...

Do you have an irrigation system? Pots dry out so quickly. Congratulations on twins.

HappyHermit said...

Oh , what beautiful OKRA , I spent so much time growing what I THOUGHT was okra this year to find out it was NOT okra.
LOL

Kate said...

Looks like your garden is growing!

wwwrench said...

Hi John,
Love the Okra, I have been container gardening in the deaert for a few years, here is a link to what has worked well for me.

http://wwwrench.net/high desert container tomato.htm
or
http://wwwrench.net/high%20desert%20container%20tomato.htm

Flowers said...

Nice blog. Enjoyed the tomatoes on your blog,. It looks cute. Keep it up the good work.

Chandramouli S said...

Okra! I love 'em when cooked properly. My mom knows the trick! Those 'matoes look delicious! I'm yet to try veggies in my garden, so still visiting people's blogs to get inspired and I see I came to the right place.

Upside Down Tomato Growing said...

I love the tomatoes. I grow tomatoes too and what I use is these upside down containers since I don't have wide gardening space.

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Flowering Trees Tennessee said...

Really nice! I love these gardening and your plant look it's so amazing..
Thanks for sharing..

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