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Motherland Okra
OK199
$6.00
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A mammoth heirloom okra from West Africa that produces gargantuan edible leaves and delicious pods. This outstanding okra was introduced to us by Jon Jackson, a retired U.S. Army Airborne Ranger and founder of Comfort Farms, a non-profit agriculture program focused on helping veterans to heal and learn sustainable farming practices. Jon’s mother hails from Liberia, West Africa, so on a quest to learn about his ancestral farming roots, he came across this remarkable variety of okra that is considered a productive and reliable staple in his mother’s homeland, as well as in other parts of West Africa. Jon grows the seeds for this okra on his farm in Georgia. There, the late-maturing plants grow to 15 feet tall with elephant ear-sized leaves, but the plants will express themselves differently depending on the climate in which they are grown. Other gardeners report plants averaging 6-8 feet. The pods are an unusual round shape and not entirely spineless. They are exquisite and versatile in cooked dishes, and can even be eaten raw when young. The leaves are also edible when cooked, and in their native range they are traditionally made into soup.

All images in this listing are courtesy of Jon Jackson of Comfort Farms.

    • 8-12 hours of Sun
    • Sprouts in 7-14 Days
    • Ideal Temperature: 75-90 Degrees F
    • Seed Depth: 1/2-1"
    • Plant Spacing: 18"
    • Frost Hardy: No
    • Abelmoschus caillei

Growing Tips: Soak seeds for 24 hours. Direct seed after last spring frost. Pick pods while young and tender. Loves heat and humid or dry conditions.

Red Ripper Cowpea
CW106
$3.00
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Delicious and high-yielding variety! A rugged and reliable red-seeded cowpea to replenish your soils and fill your belly. This old Southern standby, also formerly known as the Tory pea, dates back to the 1850s. It was especially popular in Alabama and South Carolina. Farmers of yesteryear regarded it highly for the copious foliage or organic matter it produced, making it an exemplary soil-improving companion crop to corn. Since the early 1900s, a number of seed catalogs have lauded this variety for its drought and heat tolerance. A look back through antique American catalogs, especially those from companies in the Southeastern U.S., shows that Red Ripper was a must have on the farm as a sustainable soil builder and delicious treat. This heirloom creates long, running vines, smothered in long 12-14 inch pods that are loaded with nutritious peas, up to 18 in a single shell! The flowers are a beautiful blue and the immature pods make a perfect green bean substitute. In its native range in Africa, the cowpea has historically been grown alongside millet and sorghum as a nurse crop to improve soil. George Washington Carver also sang the praises of this almost-miraculous soil saver. The seeds for cowpeas were brought to the Americas by enslaved Africans, and over subsequent centuries this legume has revived ravaged soils and nourished many.

  • Full Sun
  • Sprouts in 7-14 Days
  • Seed Depth: 1/2-1"
  • Ideal Temperature: 75-95 F
  • Plant Spacing: 6" 
  • Frost Hardy: No
  • Vigna unguiculata

Growing Tips: Soak seeds overnight; direct seed into warm soil in sunny location after last spring frost. Tolerates heat, drought, humidity, but does best with ample moisture. Trellis to conserve space.

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