‘Slimy’, ‘bitter’, ‘absolutely gross’.
Okra is a vegetable that has mixed reviews from people – a bit like Marmite- you either love it or hate it!
In our case at home- we all absolutely love this vegetable. From young children, our grandmother made okra irresistible and this year we thought we would give this a grow.
It’s the first year we have ever grown Okra and we are now on week 9 and are pretty happy with how they are starting to come along.
From reviews online and reading RHS (https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/okra) around 4/5 plants should be sufficient for a family – I think we have grown around 30 plants – mainly because we were unsure if they would even grow in the U.K.!
To our pleasant surprise, they have grown wonderfully inside our conservatory but we have transplanted some in the garden and at the allotment and we have had a much slower growth along with loosing a few fellows along the way.
Very early on – as soon as we had seedlings, I found that we had some unusual transparent tiny eggs – thousands of them! No idea what they are but every time you touch the underside of the leaves you get a very strange ‘jelly ball’ experience…we are thinking it could be ant eggs as apparently they are big fans of Okra plants but who knows! Crossing our fingers and hoping they don’t annihilate the okra once it gets bigger!
So far, they’ve been a simple grow- quick to sprout and turn into strong little seedlings. We are planning to keep a few in pots and then we have transplanted the rest in two separate areas – one in the garden and one at the allotment.
We will keep this post updated with how we get on but as it stands we are on approximate week 9 (25th May 2020) – the plants that have been kept inside in pots are doing the best and have started to get their first little flowers!