Okra Too Big to Eat – What Do You Do?

This is a simple arrangement featuring over grown okra

This is a simple arrangement featuring overgrown okra.

Okra and other veggies composing the center piece

Okra and other veggies composing the centerpiece.

A metal frog was used to hold up the okra pods

A floral frog was used to hold up the okra pods.

We all do this, forget to cut the okra before it gets too hard. Well, that was the case this weekend. Pam and I were also asked to pinch-hit and have supper club at our house. Flowers in the garden are slim, and I had cut this big okra to compost. So, instead of composting it immediately, I combined it with some of the other veggies out of the garden for a vegetable and okra centerpiece. We had this simple trug, and by simply placing a floral frog for flower arranging, I stuck the ends of some of the red okra pods upright onto the floral frog and they stayed in place. Once the okra was positioned, the other vegetables were arranged featuring more okra at either end of the trug. Then we added tomatoes, white eggplant, and peppers to finish the composition. Once the arrangement starts looking bad, or we eat the good vegetables out of it, then I will compost the okra.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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