Okra is a great option for gardeners in warmer climates. They are surprisingly easy to grow and with just a few plants, can produce enough to feed your whole family. A major factor in starting your okra seeds is timing.
Planning is a vital part of growing enough food to feed your family. Preparing for the unexpected like food shortages, rising prices, and supply chain issues will ensure that even in the worst of times, you have what you need to thrive. While a lot of gardeners prefer to eat their crops fresh, preserving either a portion or the entire harvest for long term storage is ideal.
After you’ve read our Hoss University Bean Growing Guide and have your big harvest of pole beans, bush beans, or half runner beans, it’s time to start thinking about what’s next for that garden space. Here in South Georgia (Zone 8B), midsummer gets so hot that there really aren’t a lot of vegetables that we can grow that will survive the blistering heat and humidity. So by the time our beans get harvested, we use this opportunity to start planning for our fall garden. This is where crop rotation comes into play.
Here in South Georgia and most of the world, sweet corn reigns supreme in our gardens as an excellent food source but there are other types of corn that are very useful too. One major benefit of growing corn is that despite your choice of variety, in most cases, corn has the same requirements for growing but gets harvested and stored slightly differently from type to type. This helps make fertilization, irrigation, and planning much easier from year to year.