WASHINGTON — Bins of asparagus and delicate greens at the farmers market are beginning to thin out. Now that it’s nearly June, it’s time for summer vegetables.
Kathy Jentz, editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine, shares some of her favorite things to plant, plus tips for maintaining a healthy summer garden.
In D.C.’s summer climate, Jentz has had a lot of success with okra.
“And that’s one of my favorite things to grow, just because it’s a beautiful plant. It has hibiscus-like blooms on it,” she said.
“That one takes off in July, and basically, I just have to keep up with going out there every day and snapping off the okra. If you don’t keep up, all of the sudden you’ll have one okra that’s 18 inches long.”
Don’t worry about finding recipes for your harvest. Jentz said one of the best ways to eat okra is raw and in the garden.
“You can snap it and eat it right off the plant; it tastes just like a green bean,” she said, adding that pickled okra is another favorite snack.
(AP/Rogelio V. Solis)
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