Steve Thorn wrote:The okra have really been thriving in the food forest over the last month.
Kc Simmons wrote:So this year I only planted 6 plants and the grasshoppers, sharpshooters, and stink bugs have kept them almost totally defoliated all summer, which reduced blooming and pod development.
Mike Barkley wrote:Mine have done well again this year. Never had an insect problem with okra. They are in rather poor soil along with black eyed peas. I guess it could be called a Clemson Spineless & TX Hill Country Red landrace. Both grew together for the past 5 years but haven't really noticed any cross pollination. They still seem distinct. We didn't get any rain for a month or more & they were too hard & stringy to eat then. I grow it mostly for making gumbo but we also freeze some & eat it breaded with corn meal then fried. It's still going strong but will probably slow down soon.