Saving Okra seed is as easy as picking mature pods (way past their prime) and letting them dry. Many folks use these cool pods for craft projects like Christmas Decorations. So this past year I decided I would make these re-useable, multi-purpose ‘Okra Angels’ for gifts.
They are easy to make:
- Use a hot glue gun to attach two Bay leaves on the okra pod for wings
- Make tiny wreaths just by winding Sweet Annie branches (Artemisia annua) into circles to form halo
- Glue a raffia loop to the top and Okra angel is ready to hang on tree or cabinet knobs, door handles, chandeliers, etc
After the holidays are over:
- These angels can be placed in pantries or closets since Bay leaf is a natural insecticide for moths and weevils that love to live in the pantry
- Sweet Annie is a natural moth deterrent so perfect for closets.
Late Spring when its time to plant warm season crops:
- Break the Okra angel open and collect the seed
- Soak the seeds overnight in water to help break down the thick coating for faster germination
- Plant the seeds in the garden
A great way to save seeds while enjoying them all year long!