The Okra

I’m really pleased…. Due to potting errors, I lost my first okra plant but, out of curiosity, I decided to try again in spite of the lateness in the season. And this is the upshot:


I had my doubts about an okra plant producing any fruit, even under the best of circumstances (eg long season). But here we are heading towards September and I do indeed have fruit. So, the next excitement will be whether I can actually eat any of them.

Whatever happens to the fruit this year, I do at least know that:

1. It is a good idea to repot seedlings without any of the cardboard they were first sown in, which might restrict root growth.

2. Okra can grow on a windowsill in England and will produce fruit in that position.

I am particularly pleased about this success because it does seem most worthwhile to grow produce which is harder to come by in the shops.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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2 Responses to The Okra

  1. If you get okra, please post how you will use them!

    • Hi Marcella, the way I tend to always use them is in curry. Either with tomatoes or more recently beef (a suggestion from one of the staff at my daughter’s playscheme).

      The okra seem to be doing well, anyway, so I am hopeful there will be something more to blog about 🙂

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