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ImageGymgirl
Feb 2, 2010 4:03 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Here is the OKRA forum, specifically designed for beginners who want to grow Okra!
Imagestephanietx
Feb 2, 2010 10:23 PM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
I'm not a beginner okra grower, but I am a novice!
ImageGymgirl
Feb 9, 2010 5:58 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Oh, Steph!
Imagecoconut
Feb 9, 2010 6:09 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Hi, Gymgirl, and Stephanie,

Molamola from DG.

My okra is white with 'something'. Looks like it's gotten some of that snow from up north.

Have you studied what to do with okra's problems?

Melissa

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Melissa

ImageGymgirl
Feb 9, 2010 6:21 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Molamola!!!! Is that YOU????!!!!

Girl, the colander eBuckets are already making a hit here! I'm working on a construction instruction sheet to scan into a JPEG file. I'll try to post it tomorrow.

You are the greatest! So glad you found your way here! Hurray!

P.S. Not sure what that is, but my guess would be some kinda powdery mildew, maybe? (Like I know what powdery mildew is...but, that's my guess)...

P.S.S. Are you gonna be "coconut" or "Molamola" here?
Imagecoconut
Feb 9, 2010 7:07 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Yah,

I was leery of the site at first, you had to register before you could see anything. I could not get anyone to tell me what cubits is. I even thought it might be a religious fanatics site!

OK, Dave mentioned he could change a name, but it was a big hassle for him, so I'm going to just keep coconut.

I'm really happy to have shared an idea that's lead to your bucket system. I've never found any colanders here, so I am putting black plastic pots in the buckets upside down. And I haven't chased down many buckets yet either. Actually, I only have one functional bucket, with Basil in it. Boy, do those basils drink a LOT. Sometimes a gallon a day.

And yes, I couldn't think of "Powdery Mildew" duh. Swiss Cheese for brains. The zucchini I've tried to grow gets one fruit before the P.M. ruins the plants. Corn gets rust. Sigh. I have a row of Yard-Long beans coming up. See what they do.

The pic is when I very first put Basils in a Bucket. LOL, sounds like a brand name.

See you again soon!

Melissa of the many aliasses

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Melissa

Imagestephanietx
Feb 9, 2010 10:57 PM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
I was also thinking it might be powdery mildew. Mine had that some last summer when it was extremely humid.
ImageGymgirl
Jun 17, 2010 8:32 AM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
I've got 7 Red Burgundy okra plants growing now, all started from seed about 2 months ago. They are about 18" tall, and starting to take off, almost overnight, it seems.

Five are planted in a raised bed full of a commercial veggie growers blend. One is planted in a a self watering eBucket, and the other is still in a Red Solo cup. Think I'll put it into an eBucket when I get home this evening!

Will post pics soon!

P.S. Okra is the King of Summer, enjoying the heat, and much water! I tip my hat to you.
Imagestephanietx
Jun 17, 2010 6:13 PM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
My okra's really taken off with the heat we've been having.

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Imagestephanietx
Jun 17, 2010 7:16 PM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
Here's a full size image of the plant and the rest of my jungle.

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Imagestephanietx
Jun 17, 2010 7:19 PM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
I can't get over the size of the leaves! The tallest of the plants stand about 4' high. The leaves have got to be about 18" across.

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ImageGymgirl
Jun 17, 2010 7:43 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Way to go, Steph. They sure are healthy! Do you have them out in full sun? I think mine are growing slower because they're in partial shade. I didn't anticipate the amount of shade over my raised bed. I can easily move the eBuckets, though!
Imagestephanietx
Jun 17, 2010 8:40 PM CST
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
They're in mostly full sun. They start getting morning sun around 9am, but they have reflected sun from our storage shed before then. Then in the evening, it starts getting shade around 5 or 6pm. I had to thin them out a couple of weeks ago for a 3rd time. They were way too close together. Now they're about 18"-24" apart. I guess I have 6 or 7 plants now.

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