Next to tomatoes, okra is my favorite thing to grow. I love that it will produce til the first frost. Everywhere we’ve lived, except in Texas, okra has been so easy to grow. Here, the pH of the soil is too high and we water with well water that has lime in it so we have to work really hard to grow okra. Okra likes water and since we have had so very little rain since June 3 (not even 1/4 inch in three months!).
I haven’t had a decent okra crop in about five years. This year, we planted before we knew we were moving. I told Vince if it doesn’t work this year, I’m never planting it here again. We did end up having to plant three times. The first time I planted, about 1/3 of it came up so I went back and filled in the empty spots but it just sat there and did nothing so Vince tilled it all under, we added all kinds of nutrients, I sprayed with the foliar iron spray for the first few months and now, we have an amazing okra crop.
Every day I cut about four gallons of okra!
You can see that it’s just full of blooms. It actually should be cut twice a day but that isn’t happening. The okra is producing faster than the freeze dryer can process it so I’m going to have to can some of it. I’ll never complain about too much okra.