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Featured Plant: Okra

By May 8, 2009

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I don't know why more people don't grow okra in their vegetable gardens. We tend to think of it as a Southern vegetable, but it grows just fine in cooler climates. Becuase okra can handle heat and drought, it's one of the most widely grown vegetables in the world. Southern gardeners will usually get a second season of harvest, but even short season gardeners can get a good size yield of okra before the first frost.

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May 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm
(1) gzuckier says:

Okra’s probably my most successful plant, in Connecticut. And even if I can’t pick them fast enough, the flowers are glorious. I’m thinking of planting them in my flower bed instead of finicky flower seeds.

May 12, 2009 at 11:43 am
(2) prairie gardener says:

i love okra and have planted it in both the vegie and flower parts of my garden. I tried ‘Burgundy’ but found it too spiny to bee a good food plant for me. I’ll stick to ‘Clemson spineless’ . It’s still sticker-y so I’d never put it where anyone would brush by it.

May 15, 2009 at 12:19 am
(3) Dayle says:

We grow Clemson Spineless every year. I love the flowers as they are gorgeous. However, we also enjoy eating it. I freeze the excess and use it during the winter. We had a couple of plants that grew to 11 feet tall.

May 15, 2009 at 7:28 am
(4) Marie Iannotti says:

I am so jealous of gardeners who get giant sized plants. I love where I live, but I would not mind a few more weeks of growing season at all.

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