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Name: Jen
Central Florida (Zone 9b)
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StillPlayingInDirt
Aug 7, 2020 8:50 PM CST
I tried to post a couple questions with issues I am having this summer with my small home garden. I cannot seem to get a reply AT ALL on my questions. Can anyone tell me what am I doing wrong here? Not posting my questions in the proper forum? Are my questions/posts to lengthy for anyone to bother reading? I thought this site would be helpful :(
Name: Kat
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kittriana
Aug 7, 2020 8:53 PM CST
Most folks busy in the summer...not ignoring you I don't think. What has been the problem?
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Name: GERALD
Lockhart, Texas (Zone 8b)
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IntheHotofTexas
Aug 7, 2020 9:02 PM CST
Your posts are fine and the forum is not a wrong place. You only asked the zucchini question yesterday, and it takes time for people who don't hunt the forums every day to see posts they know something about. You got response on the leave mutation question.

As the okra pod question, it may be that so few people have okra problems that they simply don't know what's wrong. All I know is that okra can essentially be considered a weed, and among garden plants, it is one that reacts badly to being too well treated. Water and fertilizer that would make another vegetable happy can spoil okra.
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Aug 7, 2020 9:03 PM CST
I looked back at your 3 questions. I responed to one and I saw the other two. When a lot of people look without responding, it means we don't know.

Most of us aren't experts, we don't do this for a living (I'm an accountant Smiling ) but, the definition of an expert is "anyone who knows more than you do." Considering the number of views, I would say we know about as much as you do but probably less as we aren't with you staring at the plant you are asking about.

The best thing to do at that point is add more information. That does two things: gives us more to work with, and bounces the question back to the top.
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Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
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RpR
Aug 7, 2020 9:09 PM CST
Not everyone visits all forum topics.
Ask a question may seem like do-all but people who can answer you question may not be reading your posts plus Ask A Question was once deactivated so people would post in more dedicated forums.
If you have a veggie question, a veggie forum or ALL THINGS GARDENING might get more anwers.
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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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kittriana
Aug 7, 2020 9:43 PM CST
We do have dedicated tomato, pepper, melon etc threads...where is the okra question?
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Bonehead
Aug 7, 2020 9:50 PM CST
And, please keep in mind that not all social media is 'instant' response. I check this site usually once per day in the morning, I don't monitor it constantly. I also know nothing about okra so I have no input to your question. I agree with Daisy, add a bit more information to push it back to the top and give more detail. Sometimes folks may be doing a bit of research also. Be patient.
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Name: Jen
Central Florida (Zone 9b)
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StillPlayingInDirt
Aug 8, 2020 12:42 PM CST
Oh my goodness there are people on here! Hurray! Sticking tongue out
Ok so sorry I didn't mean to be impatient or crappy I just am at a loss with my few crops this summer and getting frustrated.. I wanted to just see if I could get some kind of response on here at all before I gave up on asking questions on the forum. I appreciate the responses and I understand what u all are saying too. I was sooo hoping that the answer wasn't that people really don't know what's going on with my couple issues here but hey, gardening is for sure a constant learning process, I believe. It gets frustrating as heck when you can't figure out what's going on and then you're researching topics for far too long til your reading the same info over and over... Shrug! At least I hope that's not just me! Thinking
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porkpal
Aug 8, 2020 12:50 PM CST
Add some detail to your "unnoticed" posts so that we can try again.
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Name: Jen
Central Florida (Zone 9b)
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StillPlayingInDirt
Aug 8, 2020 1:25 PM CST
Thank you all, I will take your advice with my questions! I do appreciate the replies!! Smiling
Name: Jen
Central Florida (Zone 9b)
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StillPlayingInDirt
Aug 8, 2020 1:35 PM CST
kittriana said:We do have dedicated tomato, pepper, melon etc threads...where is the okra question?


I posted the okra issue in the "ask a question forum", I will try to ask questions in specific forums so they're more focused.
I will add a comment to that okra post now to "bump" it tho.. cause I just had two more pods dry up and fall off Crying
Last time I grew okra was years ago, but not in a container-an in ground bed, and it grew like a weed for sure. It was giving me okra left and right. This time I have yet to have one okra pod between my two plants.

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Lioba
Aug 15, 2020 6:10 AM CST
StillPlayingInDirt said:

Last time I grew okra was years ago, but not in a container-an in ground bed, and it grew like a weed for sure. It was giving me okra left and right. This time I have yet to have one okra pod between my two plants.



I think you answered part of your question. You did something different and it isn't working. Next time, go back to the way you did it before. Might not help this year. Sad

This site is terrific. The members are terrific as you are now experiencing. Good luck with your okra!
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Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Aug 15, 2020 6:18 AM CST
One additional suggestion. Tree mail an okra grower who posts in the database. I do not routinely monitor the "question" forum. I do check the Veggie and fruit forum daily, but there are lots of folks who contribute to the database without participating in the forums.
Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Aug 15, 2020 12:01 PM CST
I will offer a suggestion !
usually we put the okra seed in a ziploc bag for two nights in the refrigerator.

That helps jump start the seed....Then we

plant in sandy well drained soil.

Do not plant it too deep!

You can tell if it needs water by inserting your finger in the ground by it
an inch deep..if its dry down an inch deep, then lightly water it
each time..

Keep the pods cut off to eat when they are about 3 inches long..

For boiling okra we cut the pods shorter...

If you plan to flour and fry them we cut them longer as pods..
I am sure you know how to prepare them for frying and or
seasoning for boiled okra.

We love deep fried okra!
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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Aug 15, 2020 12:08 PM CST
I wanted to edit my suggestion LOL
Plant when the sandy ground is moist
or moist it with a light spray till its moist
an inch deep...

other thing was we cut our pods straight across
in small sections to fry them

or leave small pods whole to cook as boiled
okra...
Most know that but someone young may
not know..smiles..

See below..making me hungry for a plate of fried okra!

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Name: Jen
Central Florida (Zone 9b)
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StillPlayingInDirt
Aug 15, 2020 12:08 PM CST
Lioba said:

I think you answered part of your question. You did something different and it isn't working. Next time, go back to the way you did it before. Might not help this year. Sad

This site is terrific. The members are terrific as you are now experiencing. Good luck with your okra!


I had considered that.. But I have also seen plenty of articles and sites where people say okra can be grown in containers, so since I was unable to do an in-ground bed this year I thought I would give it a try. I think there are actually multiple ways of doing things, especially when it comes to gardening.
Name: Jen
Central Florida (Zone 9b)
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StillPlayingInDirt
Aug 15, 2020 12:14 PM CST
Sheridragonfly said:I wanted to edit my suggestion LOL
Plant when the sandy ground is moist
or moist it with a light spray till its moist
an inch deep...

other thing was we cut our pods straight across
in small sections to fry them

or leave small pods whole to cook as boiled
okra...
Most know that but someone young may
not know..smiles..

See below..making me hungry for a plate of fried okra!

Thumb of 2020-08-15/Sheridragonfly/ba6205


Thumb of 2020-08-15/Sheridragonfly/7902c1



Thank you for the advice!
And OH my gosh was I sooo waiting for some fresh okra this summer to fry up! Although I'm one of those people who LOVE okra, however it's cooked! nodding
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Aug 15, 2020 1:43 PM CST
Okra will grow well in a three gallon or larger pot. Just have to be aware of drainage and use a good quality grow mix. Smaller varieties like Jambalaya, Lee, Baby Bubba are easier. Nematodes are the worst enemy of Okra that I encounter and that is eliminated in container growing.
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Aug 15, 2020 1:47 PM CST
StillPlayingInDirt said:Oh my goodness there are people on here! Hurray! Sticking tongue out
Ok so sorry I didn't mean to be impatient or crappy I just am at a loss with my few crops this summer and getting frustrated.. I wanted to just see if I could get some kind of response on here at all before I gave up on asking questions on the forum. I appreciate the responses and I understand what u all are saying too. I was sooo hoping that the answer wasn't that people really don't know what's going on with my couple issues here but hey, gardening is for sure a constant learning process, I believe. It gets frustrating as heck when you can't figure out what's going on and then you're researching topics for far too long til your reading the same info over and over... Shrug! At least I hope that's not just me! Thinking

Jen, some of us also do not grow food crops, we only grow ornamentals. I wouldn;t know a zucchini plant if it slapped me in the face! But I grow over 1000 other ornamental plants Smiling
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