Okra Haiku: deep hued stalks tower / bearing mucilaginous pods / eat only when young. Often overlooked in the vegetable patch, okra can be planted as an edible ornamental, rivaling even its Mallow relatives in beauty. Despite its reputation as a warm-season annual, it can be grown with success in many regions. So don't scratch it off your list! Rather, use the elegant illustration in this floral scratchboard art and our scribbled all-too-true haiku to inspire you to scratch out a place for okra in your garden.
Start indoors 6-10 weeks before the last frost, then transplant after all threat of frost has passed. Plant in full sun, in soil with moderate fertility. Cover with row cover to give plants a heat boost, okra thrives in hot temperatures and long summers. Uncover when flowers appear. Harvest pods often, when 4-6" long. Bigger pods may become tough.
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