Grow organic, from the start

By Mir
April 6, 2012
Category Hot Hot Hot!

This weekend is a big one for religion—Easter is this Sunday, and it’s Passover right now—but I’m going to go ahead and be slightly blasphemous and say this is not what I look forward to most, this weekend. Holidays aside, Easter weekend is when I put in my vegetables, and that means the season of Children Grazing Outside Like Animals and Roasted Tomato Sauce Making will begin.


If you’ve been looking for organic seeds, there’s a couple of good options at Amazon right now; choose either the Ferry Morse 9-packet basic organic vegetable garden assortment for $11.38 or go whole hog with the Ferry Morse 13-packet large organic vegetable garden assortment for $17.15.

I’m trying to decide if I want to branch out this year. There are several options in there of things I’ve never grown (like okra, because, well, I don’t particularly like okra) that I’m trying to decide if I’m brave enough to try….


  1. How are you making Okra? Here in Oklahoma we fry it a bit differently than in some places. We just slice it up into maybe 1/4 – 1/2 inch slices and toss with a mix of 2/3 cornmeal to 1/3 flour. Then fry in one layer in oil that comes up maybe 1/2 way or more on the okra. When you first add it, let it sit still in the oil for maybe 5 minutes or so. You don’t end up with all that thick breading of store bought okra and do eliminate any slime factor. It is unbelievably good. I wish I was closer to make it for you as is good therapy and a whole new taste pleasure. Good luck gardening this year!

  2. Oh, I like it fried (though I can’t have gluten so I have to make my own gluten-free breading), because everything tastes good fried, but I just can’t seem to get behind eating it any other way. And to me the point of growing veggies is to be able to eat them either raw or minimally processed.

  3. Passover doesn’t start until sundown! Time to stuff down one last slice of bread. 🙂

  4. Wait a minute, organic seeds? Exactly what kind of seeds aren’t organic??? So, so tired of the overuse of the term “organic”!!

  5. Suz, in order to be labeled as organic, these seeds come from plants which have been raised to FDA organic standards (meaning no chemical treatments to the plants, soil, or any fertilizers used). There actually is a difference between these and conventional seeds.

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