I'm a Southern woman with family roots in farming. An Appalachain State University graduate, married, and the mother of two grown, and very nice, children. I am recently retired with a long-time hobby of growing flowers, vegetables and houseplants. Now a Master Gardener intern, earned in April 2017, I am excited to give to my community through gardening and gardening related events.
To learn more about the North Carolina State University sponsored Master Gardener program contact your county North Carolina Cooperative Extension office.
But, you don't have to be have certifications to be a good or even great gardener. Nor do you need a class to have fun and have a beautiful garden. Just go outside dig a hole and pop in some seeds and life will happen! Just do it!
Okra, the new superfood. Do not try this in a smoothie. Let me do it first.
The apples are ours. Organic is not grocery store pretty. Ice cold from the fridge they are a mighty sweet treat. Okra is spectacular. The daily take has been about fifteen. I cut it before the sun gets high because...it is still hot and humid and dewpoint-y in the 70's which makes our world a great big suana. This, I attribute to a small (all things relative) hurricane blowing it's way between NC and Bermuda on it's way outta here. Okra will bear fruit right up til frost. I will harvest the pods, shuck the seeds (both varieties are heirloom) and grow them again next year. Woo hoo! The green pods are Clemson Spineless. I've seed saved them for years. The purples, Abelmoschus esculentus, (marbles in my mouth, sounds like a skin condition) were a Christmas gift. I like them a lot. Did I mention they are great roasted at 425 tossed with oil, salt, and pepper?