I’m amazed how a small patch of okra plants can produce a steady source of fresh veggies every 2 or 3 days. If you live in a warm climate, this supply can last for most of the summer and fall.
How do you know when to pick okra? How big should they be? I’ll show you in my garden in Arkansas, USA…
As a general rule, I pick the pods when they are between 3 ~ 5 inches, sometimes even as small as 2 inches. Okra pods get tough and woody as they increase in size, so don’t wait too long to harvest.
If you’ve been following my posts, you might remember I planted pumpkin vines with okra together. I crowded them together and had good results. First I got a few cuttings of pumpkin greens while the okra plants were still small. After getting a few meals with pumpkin leaves, I pulled the pumpkin vines up and now just okra plants are left. As you can see in the video, some of the plants are over 6 feet tall and still growing!
Based on my experience, I would recommend this. Plant pumpkin and okra seed at the same time. You’ll get pumpkin greens first, then okra pods later. You’ll have a steady supply of fresh veggies all summer.