August 18, 2008

Good Enough to Eat


It is often used in African and Indian cooking and known as ladies' fingers or gumbo.

But it is possible to grow here although it will need full sun and a hot, humid environment in a greenhouse or cloche.

Seeds should be sown in late winter or early spring in a heated propagator in a bright position in individual 3 1/2in pots of moist seed compost.

Warm up the soil before planting by laying down sheets of black plastic and plant the seedlings through slits. When they are about a foot tall, pinch out the growing tips. Keep them well watered and fed with a high potash liquid feed. They can reach 4ft and need stakes.

Pods form after the flowers and should be picked frequently. Good varieties include Clemson's Spineless.

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