Well, folks, it’s the first of April and it looks like last night We had our last cool night here in South Georgia. It got down to about 45 or 50 last night and the forecast isn’t showing any more cool nights for I guess the rest of the spring not till November. So it’s time to get this okra in the ground we usually plant about two to three crops of okra from spring now on through the fall and We do that just because we can have that continual production. Sometimes when those plants get taller. They tend to not produce as well so we kind of Succession plan our okra two to three crops throughout the warm growing season to make sure we have plenty of it Through that entire period in the spring we always transplant our okra and we do that to get a head start on Everything a head start on everybody and we can be the first ones to have okra here So yes, okra does great. If you direct seed it in the ground that comes up great. Usually one of those crops It’s really easy to direct seed but by transplanting it we can get about Two to three to four week head start Versus direct seeding it. So by putting this guy on the ground. We’re already several weeks ahead of everybody That’s just starting to direct seed the okra If you’ve never grown okra from transplants, it does really well Especially in our heavy-duty seed starting trays here. You can see we’ve got a nice little transplant They’re got roots that are growing downward. They’re not wrapping around here And this guy is probably going to take off pretty quick Once we put it in the dirt now when it comes to okra varieties there’s quite a few of them out there and we’ve done a lot of trials over the years and tested varieties against one another to see which ones were the most productive and We settled on two varieties that we liked the best that we find are the most productive and those are the two that we decide to carry in our seed lineup and those two varieties are jambalaya and Red burgundy what we found from talking to a lot of gardeners over the years. Is that most people grow that old clemson spineless variety and I think they grow it just because it’s probably Easily available at their local seed and feed or hardware store and that’s fine If you want to grow that clemson spineless if you want just a little bit of okra But if you want a lot of okra and you want your plants to really produce You need to be growing this red burgundy or this jambalaya variety and our tests that we’ve done Side by side the red burgundy and the jambalaya just blows the doors off that clemson spineless as far as productivity Flavor and they don’t get near as tough when the pods get longer I like the red burgundy variety because it’s productive like I said but it also gives you some nice color that red okra is really pretty and Once you cook it, it turns kind of a deep purple color. That’s really good flavor to it and then the jambalaya variety will blow your mind at how early, it starts producing we have had some in the past start putting on okra pods on the plants were just a foot tall which Is a lot different from some of those older standby varieties that take a little height to start really making okra pods Okra is one of those things that every year I always wish I would have planted more of it I usually plant two to three rows of okra It always seems like we run out or have more people want an okra than we have producing so this year I’m going to plant four rows of okra two rows of the red burgundy and two rows of the jambalaya Variety as far as row spacing goes you can do that a lot of different ways with okra in the past I have done double rows where I lay a row of drip and plant on each side of it and that works good if you’re tight on space in your garden because you can pick both rows of okra from either side of that double row and That works really well I’m doing single rows this year, and I’ve got them on three foot spacing now You can get by with three foot spacing if you prune your okra which I’ve started to do the last few years because it just makes it easier to Get in there and see everything if you don’t prune your okra plants you probably want to go on a wider spacing like four foot or maybe even a five foot so you can get in there see those pods and Harvest everything easily as far as feeding goes Okra is kind of on the opposite ends of the spectrum of heavy feeders like corn and onions Okra doesn’t require near as much water as most garden plants and it doesn’t require a lot of fertilizer or a lot of nitrogen either But we still like to plant it on top of drip tape because it can strike off dry here in the summer You know, we not getting any rain for several weeks and we really need to get some water to them roots efficiently So we’re still going to plant it on drip tape so we can deliver that water there and a little bit of fertilizer there when we need to so in this spot behind me here is where I had some cooler weather crops had some beets and some radishes there and we’ve already Turned that over harvested all that and got it nice and clean to plant this okra I laid off four rows and I use my FAD system. I did the furrow with the double wheel hoe I put a little bit of compost down in there just a light layer because like I said these things don’t need a ton of nutrients and Then I covered up that furrow while I was laying my drip tape there And so we’re ready to plant this okra We’ve got our water on and we’re just waiting on those little water rings to start appearing there Along that drip tape and on our drip tape those Emitters are every 12 inches or every foot and that’s going to work perfectly for this okra spacing So what we’ll do is we’ll just take one plant and put it right on top of every emitter there Where that water ring is and we’ll have some nice consistent spacing along the road It’s whether you’re a small-scale market farmer and want to be the first one to market with okra or maybe you’re a backyard gardener and you want to be the first one in the neighborhood the first one on the Country road that has okra producing or maybe you live in a colder climate with a shorter growing season and you really need these Transplants here to give you a head start so you can get some okra production ither way growing Transplants in the spring is one of the best ways to get a head start And make sure you’re going to have a really productive Okra crop so I’m going to get started getting these little okra babies in the ground I’ll put some links below to any of the products shown in this video Our okra seed our seed starting trays wheel hoes all that good stuff Make sure you hit that subscribe and share button and we will see you guys on the next video You