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Okra Gardening Tips and Advice

Okra is a popular southern vegetable, so as you can imagine, it likes midsummer heat! It does well in just about any soil condition, as long as there is good drainage. Okra grows big, with plants up to six feet.

For the best luck with any gardening endeavor, make sure you are using quality garden tools and supplies.

Planting Okra

Sow okra seeds 1/2 inch deep and 6 inches apart in rows that are 30 to 48 inches apart. Thin the plants so that they are 12 to 18 inches apart. Sow seeds after the danger of frost has passed in the spring, or in the early summer. You can harvest okra when the pods are about 2 to 4 inches long. Wear gloves, because they can be kind of prickly.

Days to harvest: 55 to 65 days
Days to germinate: 4 to 14

Check out Lady Bird Johnson's recipe for LBJ Ranch Pickled Okra.

Tips for growing vegetables:

Pumpkins
Beets
Carrots
Cauliflower

Celery
Corn
Soybeans
Lettuce
Artichoke
Asparagus
Brussels sprouts
String Beans
Peas
Black Eyed Peas
Spinach
Peppers
Parsnips
Radish
Rhubarb
Rutabaga
Turnips
Okra
Melons
Broccoli

Tips for growing other herbs:

Sage
Rosemary
Parsley
Garlic
Chives
Dill
Basil
Cilantro
Saw Palmetto

Thyme
Oregano
Lemon Balm
Calendula

Lavender
Catnip



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