South Texas Gardening with Bob Webster


OkraOkra is a warm-season vegetable that grows well in most Texas soils. A fair source of vitamin A, it can be eaten in many ways, including boiled, fried, and cooked in soups, gumbos, and casseroles.
The best okra varieties to grow in Texas are Annie Oakley (Compact), Blondy, (Compact), Cajun Delight, Clemson Spineless, Emerald, Green Best, Lee, Louisiana Green, Prelude (Compact), Long Pod Dwarf
(Compact), Stewart’s Zeebest (Heirloom), Burgundy, and Velvet. For good yields, okra must grow in
Full sunlight in fertile, well-drained soil. Before planting, use 2 to 3 pounds of fertilizer such as 10-10-10
Or 15-5-10 for each 100 square feet of garden area. Spread the fertilizer evenly over the area, and then mix it well into the top 3 to 4 inches of soil.
Okra will do fairly well under dry conditions. However, if you water the plants every 7 to 10 days, the yield will be higher. Sandy soils will need water more often than clay soils.
For the best yields, plant okra in the spring 2 to 3 weeks after all danger of frost has passed. For a good fall crop, plant at least 3 months before the first fall frost. Plant the okra seeds about 1 inch deep and 2 inches apart in the row. Space the rows at least 3 feet apart.

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