August 31st

Tendrils of hope

Gorgeous little blooms

Hello there!

There is something so spectacularly beautiful about the tenderness growing in the garden. The wateremelon, squash and pumpkin have all sent out these fragile, curling twiny arms — searching for something to cling to.  The blooms are cantalope orange and stay open only in the early morning, recoiling as soon as the sun gets too high.

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At the community garden, the okra is blooming and I cannot pick it fast enough.

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I handed out another five bags full yesterday, along with a collection of recipes. I intended to keep a few for baking today (throwing them in with zucchini for sweet breads) and completely forgot.

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The watermelons at the community garden are thriving with irrigated water.

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And thankfully the solarization is working. These plastic sheets act like microwaves, zapping everything trapped underneath and skillfully killing Bermuda grass without a drop of chemical. We’ll use these as future plots refugee families interested in playing.

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Really, what Monday is complete without seeing a field of okra?

{Might be the weirdest sentence I’ve ever written.}

If you live in Phoenix and want to help out this fantastic community project — we’ve got a workday planned this Friday and could use your help.  Leave a comment and I’ll contact you with details!


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12 Responses

  1. My favorite uses for okra (besides fried, of course) are in gumbo and in Indian dishes (Indian as in curry, not maize).

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever had Okra…what does it look and taste like? Wish I was in Phoenix to help out with your gardens….wonderful project!!

  3. The garden produce looks gorgeous Kelli and the vines are growing so well and bloosming. How exciting. I am not crazy about okra but then againhave not eaten it in years. I do wish I could be there to help in your gardens. What a fabulous project.

  4. Have you ever had pickled okra?? I’m not joking, it is DELICIOUS.

  5. Beautiful garden growth.

  6. Looks like it’s doing great! So I’m guessing you still have to pull out all the dead burmuda grass right?

  7. Plan a Saturday and I’ll bring the crew.

  8. So excellent! Everything looks great and we’re getting ready to nuke the back lawn the same way. Suck it, Bermuda!

  9. I’ve never eaten okra. Love your project though.

  10. I wish I could be there to help … but I’ll be in KY visiting the family … a day in the sun working with the community sounds like a great time. Good luck & get your hands dirty for me!

  11. I’m so glad the community garden is doing so well. It all looks quite healthy and delicious.

  12. Bummer. I would totally be game, but I have an interview in Flag on Friday. 🙁 Have fun though!