Some Like it Hot: Growing Peppers and Okra {The Beginner’s Garden Podcast}

In the Garden · Summer Garden · The Beginner's Garden Podcast · Vegetables

If there are two vegetables I can depend on in my blistering southern summers, it’s peppers and okra. And that’s a good thing. With a great harvest, I can freeze peppers to last us all year long (with only a handful of plants), and okra is so prolific we eat it at least weekly during the harvest season.

In today’s episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I’m going to walk you through the basics of each one:

  • when to plant
  • whether to plant from seed or with transplants
  • my #1 tip if you’re planting pepper seeds indoors
  • why even buying $3 pepper transplants at the garden center is worth it
  • how many plants do you need?
  • when to harvest & how to harvest and not damage the plant
  • the key to growing okra (and you either have it or you don’t)

If you are growing or considering adding peppers or okra to your garden space, don’t miss today’s episode. Click below to listen:

Show Notes:

(Some links below are affiliate links.)

Seedling Heat Mat I use:

My preferred organic fertilizer:

DIY Rotel Recipe

Paula Deen’s Pickled Okra Recipe

Garden-Fresh Recipes free download:

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Video: How to Save Okra Seed

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  1. Hi I’m from Australia. Thanks for helping me learn on my commute!
    When an American says a pepper do you mean a capsicum or a chilli?

    1. I’m not sure what peppers are called in Australia compared to here. But we say “pepper” to mean both bell peppers and hot peppers, usually. If we want to distinguish between the two we may say “bell” for the sweet peppers or the specific type of hot pepper like jalapeno. I hope that helps!

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