The Garden

James has been doing a lot of work in the garden over the past month and the results are starting to show. It’s the end of the rainy season, so it’s a great time to start planting vegetables that would have drowned if you planted them 2 months ago (like lettuce, cilantro, dark leafy greens, green onions . . .)

So far the most exciting part of our garden is the okra – “tua lek” in Lao. It’s kind of funny that there’s a word for it in Lao because most people have never seen it or heard of it.



Squash is also doing pretty well, but we really should have started it earlier like everyone else. This first picture is a squash trellis. People grow their squashes on a table-like trellis so that they don’t rot on the ground during the rainy season. I think it’s a great idea.


This squash didn't want to grow on top of the trellis.

This squash didn't want to grow on top of the trellis.

pigeon pea flowers

pigeon pea flowers

Italian Basil

Italian Basil

We have lime tree, but the limes are more bitter than sour and don’t have much juice, so we don’t use them.

lime and lime flower

lime and lime flower

This is growing on the fence between our front yard and the neighbors’ house. They planted it. It’s sometimes called a luffa sponge gourd (mak buap in Lao). I don’t think it’s good to eat once it gets this big.

loofa gourd

luffa sponge gourd

5 responses to “The Garden

  1. Your okra looks great. It reminds me of how much you loved fresh okra when you were little. You grabbed it out of the ice water as it cooled after blanching.

  2. Yeah, I’ve always loved okra. What did you do with it after blanching? So far we’ve been eating it fried and in curries. I know it’s good in gumbo and stew too!

  3. What was left after you helped yourself went into our “world famous” stew. 🙂

  4. I think your garden is coming along wonderfully!
    I only wish my garden could follow your garden’s example of excellence!

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