Okra Newbie Questions
I've never much cared for okra on account of the sliminess, but last year at a potluck we tried some fried okra direct from someone's garden that wasn't slimy at all. I had seconds. Additionally, a co-worker assured me that okra wouldn't be slimy if picked at the right time.
Given that the plants are also pretty and so could go right in front, DH wants me to try it this year to help fill in the mid-summer veggie gap when nothing but yardlong beans, eggplant, and hot peppers are bearing.
How does okra do in sand? Since EVERYTHING does best in "rich, well-drained soil" the info I'm finding isn't very useful. LOL Of course I'll add compost and mulch the ground well to retain moisture, but nothing short of trucking soil in from a different geological area is going to turn my yard into perfect loam.
What is the right time to pick okra so it won't be slimy? Is there a less slimy variety?
If I need about 2lbs of okra to make a vegetable side dish for 7 people about twice a week how many okra plants should I grow?
Is the burgundy, which first caught DH's eye with its looks, as good as the green varieties?
How big a footprint do the 4-6 foot tall plants require? I can get a 6ft tomato plant into an 18" square but it takes a 4ft square to house an 18" tall summer squash?
Anything else an okra newbie needs to know?