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My Okra is Finally Blooming

August 14, 2009

okra flower What a beautiful flower this plant has.  Don’t know if there is enough time to get any okra off it, though.  I’ve never grown okra before.  With this heat, things will get growing.  Most of my tomatoes are getting “poached” as green ones, so I doubt I’ll get too many red ones.  The ones that are turning red are very likely to be blighted.  The onions are doing well.  Some of them disappear, but the damage hasn’t been too bad.  I planted scallions and some did well, but some hardly grew at all.  I’m not sure exactly what the deal is.  I planted the same seeds in the side yard and they grew beautifully.  I wonder if it has anything to do with sharing a box with tomatoes.  They get a full day of sun and the same amount of water (or more) as the big ones in the yard.  Do they prefer some shade?  I wouldn’t think so, but the ones in the yard get some morning shade.  Next year – no onions sharing with tomatoes and we’ll see what happens.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris Arbo permalink
    August 31, 2009 10:42 pm


    Is the soil you planted your veggies in on Wilson Street in above-ground boxes; soil you know the content of?

    This City used to dump clay to fill in emptied lots–clay does have some usable vegetation properties. Clay hasn’t been used as fill for a few years though. Now, what the City dumps on lots can hardly be called “soil”! It’s ID is Indeterminate Dirt!

    Then again, the soil on the property where your house stands, well, that soil was rich farm country soil and, if it hasn’t been “farmed” for generations, it still is rich soil! Chris

    • wilsonstreeturbanfarm permalink
      September 1, 2009 11:51 am

      We created the soil we have in our boxes from aged compost, peat moss and vermiculite. It is clean and fertile. We hope to get the soil in the ground tested and begin a remediation process this fall-winter-spring so we can use some of it next year. It will probably take many years to actually have fertile soil like we were used to in Wyoming County.

      We have removed the sod from a strip adjacent to the sidewalk for the purpose of flowers. That soil looks ok, once you remove the plastic and glass from it. We have also removed the sod from a 4′ wide strip we hope to use for perennials and shrubs. That took more work removing bricks, old building materials and rocks. Then we took a pick-ax and hacked away at the solid clay. Then my son tried to run the tiller through it – emphasis on the word “tried”. He then added some compost and waited for some rain to soften it up a bit. He was more successful the second time. He ran it through there again this morning and it sounded like it was coming along. That is alot of work for a 4′ wide strip! We had two teen-age boys, me, and 3 younger children helping in the process.

      Little by little, with perseverance we will conquer the area. It will be interesting to see what is accomplished in 5 years.

  2. Chris Arbo permalink
    September 1, 2009 8:48 pm

    First, in my above comment I should have said that most of what this City dumps on the lots after demolition is rocks; rocks with some Indeterminate Dirt along with strange crawly creatures and never-before-seen weeds–and then this City calls these lots “shovel-ready”!

    Second, along either side of the City’s sidewalk just below the surface debris you will probably find clay and some decent soil because the demo guys usually mostly dump only into any hole left from a demolition then spread that nasty stuff thin to the sidewalk. Chris

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