Better Okra Germination: Okra germination --- not me

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Better Okra Germination

By Horseshoe
August 29, 2012

To get quick germination of okra seeds some people soak their seeds overnight. Better yet is to freeze the seed a day or two before sowing. This breaks the hard seed coat and works much better than soaking. And remember, sowing okra in cool soil will still contribute to seed rot/poor germination so allow your soil to warm up before sowing.

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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Aug 31, 2012 5:57 PM CST

Shoe,

I cannot imagine planting Okra, although I do like it fried the way Mama made it.

She also put it into all her long cooked beans and peas, but she put it on the top and did not mix it in, cause if she didn't I would turn my nose up and refuse it.

Of course, only where Dad could not see me. She loved it any way you cooked it. My brothers tormented me with making sniffing sounds when it was served.

My father sent us all away from the table more than once. Brothers know all the buttons to push.

Hope you enjoy your crop.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Aug 31, 2012 6:13 PM CST
And here I sit, waiting for a chicken to finish cooking on the grill, wishing I'd picked some okra to go with it as a side dish. Tsk tsk tsk...but hey, there's tomorrow!....

I like fresh fried okra, too, CDsSis/Marilyn. I most often cook it more simply in a big black skillet with a bit of olive oil, sweet onion, a clove of garlic if I have it, and stir-fry it till it turns a dark green and/or gets tender. A dash of salt and pepper and you've done it justice. Yummy!

I wonder if anyone out your way even grows okra, or can you? One day I hope to make it to Colorado; if my van burnt okra instead of gas I'd be there by this weekend! Smiling

Happy Day to you and yours.

Shoe (off to check on the chicken-on-da-grill situation, starving)
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Aug 31, 2012 6:26 PM CST

Did not even think about that you could grill it. But is it still slimy inside?

Fried battered in corn meal is the way Mom cooked it, probably in bacon drippings in a big black skillet like yours.

No wonder we southerners have weight and heart issues. Your version sounds a bit more healthy.

I know you can buy it at the farmers markets so someone is growing it.. Hilarious!

We will have to ask Tabby, I think she grows everything.

Colorado is a great place to live, you must visit the mountains, although the plains are beautiful too.

Marilyn
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Sep 2, 2012 12:46 PM CST
Mornin'..

Yep, you can grill it. I even baste it with my favorite "catch all" baste, olive oil with a bit of garlic in it. And S & P if you like. I use that on nearly any veggie I grill...or pan fry/stir fry. And no, it is not slimy.

The majority of slimy okra usually will be found in stewed okra OR if you cook okra in a pan like I do above then it is best to not put a lid on it otherwise it traps the moisture/steam inside.

Colorado...if I ever get to drive out west I'll definitely include that State. I'd really like to just drive for a couple months one day and see them all!

Happy Labor Day weekend to all!
shoe
Name: Damian H
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Damian
Aug 22, 2013 3:39 AM CST
Thanks for the tip I will try it next year I just planted 3 more rows last week. here is a picture of mine this year I have never had any this big it is almost 9 foot tall do you know what this beetle is he is having dinner on my okra.

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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Aug 23, 2013 7:14 AM CST
Nice looking okra garden, Damian. Looks like you'll have plenty to freeze for winter; then again your winters are about one month long, aren't they? ;>)

I can't figure out what bug that is...I've never seen one like that around here. I've looked in books and online but haven't seen anything like it. I bet some of the other Florida folks here will be able to help you out though.

Shoe

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