What are we going to do about this banana plant?
You can't tell from this picture, but it's over 6 feet tall. And - even though Zed promised me, when we spent $10 on this plant, that it would be a one-season-only pleasure (bananas are not hardy in central North Carolina) - now that it's flourishing he doesn't want to let it die. His current idea: to build a yurt around it. However, he's leaving for college on Sunday. Any other ideas, anybody?
This is what the Zone looked like on June 11.
And this is what the banana plant looked like when it went in the ground a couple weeks later.
Then there are these flourishing okra plants. He planted them by mistake (I don't know how they were labeled at Home Depot). They have grown very strong and have many pods. However, we all hate okra (let's just start with the word "mucilaginous") so the pods are getting bigger and bigger. We saw that somebody makes jewelry and art out of okra pods, but the process involves silica gel; I find that discouraging.
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