Planting season… again?

If I read palms I would say someone needs to use soap and water

We got these seeds for free awhile back and since falls are pretty mild down here when they finally start around Dec. 1, I thought I’d try my hand at autumn planting. Of course it is also almost time to plant the garlic. I am still trying to decide if I am going to try a new variety or replant the purple tips I had such a good harvest from this year. I have two more weeks to decide. Aside from that I am trying lettuce and carrots for a quick fall crop. A long growing season is one of the benefits of living in a region that has summer from April to October. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out. The rest of the vegetable garden still has some life in it. Katherine snapped these pictures while I planted the lettuce and carrots. The hurricane season and the cold weather it’s bringing (70s are downright frigid for September here) may zap my plans to have some late chile peppers.

The okra plant's flowers open and die almost within an hour

As you can see the okra is producing still and will probably continue until mid October.

This disguise is slightly more convincing than a hunchback of Notre Dame kit

On another note as many of you know we’ve been catching up from a recent vacation. While we were away, we got a few great shout outs from some of fellow bloggers. We wanted to say thanks. Pat over at Dancing in the Kitchen gave us the versatile blogger award; Just Ramblin gave us the Noteworthy Archive Blog Award and Pease Pudding gave us a best blog award. We recently delved into our archives, albeit for a different challenge, and have talked versatility here. But the best blog award came with these questions, so here goes:

  • What’s your favorite color? I’m a guy.
  • What’s your favorite song? Happy Birthday, but only when someone else sings it.
  • What is your favorite dessert? Biscotti.
  • What’s pissing you off? Nothing right now, but give it time.
  • When you’re upset you… Run marathons or just curse.
  • Black or white? I like shades of gray.
  • Biggest fear? A zombie apocalypse followed closely by running out of Romano.
  • Your best feature? Cup holders that come with leather seats.
  • What is perfection? My wife.
  • Guilty pleasure…Utz potato chips

Instead of passing it onto a specific blogger, we’d like to give it to the many bloggers we follow who do great work all the time. Yep, we’re taking a page out of your notebook Nancy.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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57 Responses to Planting season… again?

  1. nrhatch says:

    Stellar answers! Here’s to reaping what we sow! 😀

  2. JamieAnne says:

    Good luck with your fall planting. My raised garden is sinking on one side. It’s embarrassed, I’m’s best we don’t talk about it. Not sure if I’m going to be planting anything for fall yet. Meh.

  3. Good luck with your new plants..Congrats on all the awards..very well deserved 🙂

  4. ChgoJohn says:

    I was hoping you saw tonight’s Iron Chef, okra was the secret ingredient. I had no idea it is in the hibiscus family, although seeing its bloom now I can definitely see the resemblance. The idea of enjoying home-grown lettuce well into November is great. I hope it works out for you.

    • If it works out we might have a salad on Thanksgiving. Or maybe not. I missed that. We have beneath basic cable, just enough to get the Internet at home. We watch a lot of movies, but not much TV. I wish you could just buy the food channel. Oh, my first political statement on my blog. Unbundle!

  5. You are one busy guy – when not running marathons you’re planting, and when not planting you’re cooking, and when not cooking your blogging, and when……….when do you sleep?

  6. Charles says:

    Come now Greg – guys can have favourite colours too! Love your answer to your biggest fear 😀 Good luck with your autumn planting. The evenings and mornings here are already getting cold here so I don’t think I could try such a thing.

  7. rsmacaalay says:

    Love the answers!

  8. Sissi says:

    Hilarious answers and a thoroughly entertaining post! As always! You should publish a cookery book, you know the “stories with recipes at the end” kind. I would read it and re-read it every time I need cheering up 🙂
    I am starting to think okra has the most beautiful flowers in the world.

    • Charles says:

      Hi Sissi, the flowers are very pretty actually. They remind me a lot of the flowers in the species Malvaceae – some of the sub-genuses look quite similar to those, if you wanted to try and grow some on a balcony garden (as I’m not sure if Okra grows here…?). My mother always has them (the flowers, not Okra) in her garden and they look wonderful!

      • Sissi says:

        Thanks Charles for the idea. My grandmother used to have several colours of Malvaceae in her garden and used to make anti-cough syrup out of the darkest one. I admit they look very nice!

    • Thanks, glad we finally had the camera in the garden at the right time.

      • Sissi says:

        I wish I could grow okra on my Swiss balcony… I would do it at least for the flowers! Maybe I’ll try next year!

    • Charles says:

      Ah, you know – I was reading something else about Okra today and the plant is actually related to Mallow, or “Malvaceae”. No wonder they look so similar!

  9. Now those are great answers!
    Have a happy week.
    🙂 Mandy

  10. Love the okra plant – they do have such lovely flowers.
    Best of luck with the fall planting – you do know that there’s nothing ‘fast’ about a carrot crop, right? 😉

  11. Kelly says:

    Oh, BIG points on the definition of perfection, Sir.

  12. sallybr says:

    Why am I not surprised to learn you run marathons? Cool! I trained for three, but only completed one, injuries galore, my long distance running days are over, unfortunately

    agree with Kelly – big brownie points on definition of perfection… 😉

  13. No need to take us fishing for the perfect catch. I’d say Katherine is the keeper.

  14. Rachel says:

    You crack me up! Mazel tov on all the awards, and if there’s one for frequency of posting you should get that too!

    I planted a second crop pf tomatoes a few weeks ago so I’m right there with you – good luck to both of us!

  15. What’s your favorite color? I’m a guy…..hilarious!

  16. Judy says:

    “What is perfection? My wife.”
    That is so sweet!
    Fun post 🙂

  17. Good luck with the planting and I enjoyed your answers, too. Running is wonderful and I used to be a runner, too. Ran my last race in 2005 with my girls. They did a triathalon several years ago in Maine. I was never that good. Hope you two are having a great Labor Day weekend.

  18. Eva says:

    Love the answers! You got HUGE brownie points with perfection, I’m sure. I’d like to see your wife’s answers.

    • Katherine says:

      Color: Green
      Song: so cheesy but this old Bread song from the 70s always makes me think of Greg… it’s before our time but goes something like I would give everything I own… just to have you by my side
      Dessert: my tiramisu
      PO’d: That Greg gave a different answer on the dessert front.
      Upset: Curse way too much. Get pissy with Greg even when I shouldn’t.
      Black, white’s too hard to keep clean.
      Biggest fear: We are normally below the main squall line, but tornadoes still frighten the bejesus out of me. Losing Greg or the dogs or the thought of leaving them behind scares me.
      Your best feature: As you read, I’m perfect.
      What is perfection: Greg’s marinara and pretty much anything else he cooks. OK, and neither of us is perfect, but he always says we’re perfect for each other. He’s right.
      Guilty pleasure: I think this blog is a study in that! (Particularly on Wednesdays.)

  19. ceciliag says:

    Yes, we have our lettuce, and spinach and cilantro in again. AND next year i am definitely going to grow that okra ! lovely pics too kathryn.. c

  20. Great answers! And good luck with the planting – we have a second batch of tomatoes just about to turn red (which is good as the last lot had to be dug up last night as they were doing something very odd leaf-wise) and maybe we´ll try for some salad too. And I would be very suspicious of a gardener with clean hands!

  21. I’m amazed you run marathons when you’re upset. And, I like how you don’t have a favorite color!

  22. No Romano? That could turn me into a zombie…or make me run a marathon to get the last block during a zombie apocalypse….either way.
    Good luck with the planting.

  23. niasunset says:

    Dear Rufus and Katherine, you deserve all these awards, Congratulations. And yes, planting season… Good Luck for you. Do you know dear Rufus, I love okra so much and I cook always but I have never seen its flower… This was so beautiful, you introduced me with this. Thank you. In my childhood days we were living in a wonderful house with a large garden. And while my Mom was cooking in the kitchen, she always asked something from me, to pick up from the garden… You remind me always this. Maybe one day, when we leave this city, in our summer house we can plant too. I love it so much, especially to eat from your own garden, should be so nice. Once again Good Luck for your planting season, beautiful weather, rain, sun, wind everything be with you. Thank you, with my love,

  24. Zo Zhou says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen okra flowers before…they are gorgeous! Intriguing looking butterfly too, we only really seem to get about 3 where I live, and the monarch is the most interesting looking one. Pretty lame if you ask me 😛

  25. “What’s your favorite color? I’m a guy.”

    Hahahaha! Awesome.

  26. Karen says:

    Welcome home, You and Katherine must have had a lovely vacation. Lucky you for having such a long growing season. Sorry,just now catching up with your blogs…the lingering effects of Irene on trees in Maine keep taking our power out.

  27. ambrosiana says:

    There’s nothing better than to run (a marathon) to release stress!!! Hahaha!! I totally loved your answers, specially the one about your wife!! (Awwwwww). Good luck for your planting season or as we say in Italy: in bocca al lupo!!

  28. Kristy says:

    LOL! Mike and I were just talking about how we would handle a zombie apocalypse – he thinks it would be a blast to fight off zombies. Neither one of us are sure how we got on that random topic though. So jealous of your long summers!!!!

  29. Since we’ve never grown okra, I’ve never seen it bloom – quite beautiful! We have a second crop of dill and argula coming along. I may have Ritchey plant beets – don’t know if that would work or not – but I would love to make beet pickles! I love both your answers! You make quite a pair!

  30. spicegirlfla says:

    Congrats, congrats to all your well deserved awards!! You’re answers just made me laugh and I’m glad Katherine added in hers as well! You’re an awesome couple!! Keep up the great blog, always love waking up to a new post!

  31. ....RaeDi says:

    Love the flower, beautiful, your answeres… smart! Good luck with your fall garden….RaeDi

  32. My favorite line..What’s your favorite color? I’m a guy. LOL.. Love it Greg. I know your garden will succeed. I can’t wait to see how your carrots turn out.

  33. Stephanie says:

    Wow, you plant your garlic early. I don’t usually put ours in until mid to late October. If you don’t replant, I had fantastic luck with some German Garlic from Seed Saver’s Exchange last year. Incredible great clove size in almost all of the plants, and very high success rate from the cloves I planted.

  34. I’ve never seen (or knew that it existed) the flower of an okra plant. I run marathons, too. Also a joke.

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