Okra : Burpee Chant Hybrid
The essential variety for the best gumbo.
Other than delicious, okra’s flavor defies easy description. An essential ingredient, okra fruits add heft to soups and stews—and are tasty fried or boiled. Growing from two to six inches, Okra is at its tastiest, tenderest best when the pods are smaller. Loaded with protein, minerals and fiber, okra is the indispensible ingredient in gumbo, adding depth of flavor and thickness. Indeed the name for Okra in Africa—where it originated—is Gumbo. Extra large 5-6''-long fruit are ready in just 55 days. Sow okra seeds in full sun and average, well-worked soil after all danger of frost. In rows 36" apart, plant 3 or 4 seeds every 12" and cover with 1" of fine soil. Firm lightly. Okra plants emerge in 14-21 days. Thin to strongest seedling per group when plants are 1-2" high. Provide plants with 1-1 1/2" of water weekly. Grow okra in a different place every year to avoid problems with pests and diseases. Pick young okra pods that are 2-3" long and harvest them every other day to encourage continuous production. Cut pods from the stem just above the cap. Store pods for several days in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. Okra pods are delicious steamed, in soups, and fried.Malvaceae Abelmoschus esculentus
These small (1/16" - 1/8") creatures feed by sucking the sap from plants. In small numbers aphids aren’t a problem, but under favorable circumstances they can multiply rapidly and create large colonies. In such cases they remove so much sap from the growing shoots that they become stunted and misshapen. They may also transmit virus diseases. The various aphid species attack a huge variety of crops, but they are particularly common on the Brassicas.
Aphids have been called the mice of the insect world, because they multiply so quickly and provide food for so many creatures.
The best way to control Aphids is to have lots of insectory plants (the Daisy and Carrot families are particularly good sources of food) around to feed their predators. If their numbers get too great you can wash them off the plants with a strong jet (I mean strong) of water. In extreme cases you could use insecticidal soap or pyrethrum.
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