We only plant the things we like. Okra is one of my favorites but you know that, right?
The ground has to be really warm before planting okra. Also, it always helps to soak the seeds overnight before planting. We soaked and we waited til we thought the ground was warm enough. It’s a real struggle to get okra to grow here because of the pH of our soil and water. We planted our okra probably early in May. I would guess only about 1/3 of it came up. I replanted all the spots where nothing came up and within a few weeks, the weeds were about 10″ tall and the okra that came up was about 2″ tall. We decided to till it all under and start over.
Vince tilled it all up, we watered and dared weeds to sprout. After about 10 days, Vince tilled it all up again. Used coffee grounds will add nitrogen to the compost but once they’re used, they’re fairy neutral and will not raise or lower the pH. Vince had several large containers of unused coffee grounds that had expired years ago and he wasn’t going to use them so I spread them out where we were going to plant the okra. We had some rabbit poop so we spread that out. Vince waited a few days and tilled it again.
Yesterday we replanted the okra. Here’s the process.
- Put the first soaker hose down, then measure and place the remaining soaker hoses down.
- Plant the okra along both sides of the soaker hose.
- Place burlap along the rows to hopefully control the weeds AND to make snakes more visible.
- Sit back and wait and see what happens.
I wish the okra would grow like my Seminole Pumpkins.
Some years they’re fairly docile. If they start growing out of control, I’ll gently place them back within their growing area and hope they stay and most often they do. But some years, they’re wild and out of control. They’ve already taken over the beans and now they’re way into the area where the onions were growing. At this rate, I can see or entire garden covered in Seminole Pumpkins by the first frost. That’s very optimistic thinking. You should see some of the grasshoppers. They are HUGE and they are hungry. The could wipe out those pumpkin vines in no time if they get tired of the chard and beans!
One positive thing I can say about the garden – the squash! Two years ago, the squash bugs ruined every plant I had before I ever got the first squash. Last year I didn’t even plant squash. This year, I think I’ve already put up 8 quarts of squash; all four trays are full of squash in the freeze dryer now and I have enough to fill the freeze dryer again once the current load is finished.
I’ll be happy with whatever the garden produces but I’ll still complain about the heat, the drought and the bugs!