|Growing Okra (source)|
Okra makes a wonderful side dish and as a thickener for gumbo and stews. It thrives in regions where corn grows well and can reach anywhere from 2-6 feet tall while making an attractive garden border.
Wait to sow your seeds until the soil has reached a temp. of at least 60 degrees.
Soak seeds overnight to encourage germination. Plant 1/2 inch deep in light soil and 1 inch deep in heavy soil. Place seeds 3 inches apart and then thin to 1- feet apart.
When your okra seedlings are 4 inches tall, mulch around the plant to keep the weeds down and help with moisture retentions, especially during dry spells. Fertilize with compost tea.
In 50-60 days your okra will start to be "harvest ready". They will be tough when they are mature. Harvesting or picking frequently will keep the plant producing until it is killed by frost.
Watch out for spines! Wear gloves & long sleeves when harvesting, or try planting a spineless variety such as 'Clemson Spineless'.
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