Okra is a nutritious vegetable, full of fiber, nutrients and vitamins. Okra pods are often cubed and put into soups and other recipes, or they are boiled or fried as a separate side dish. Okra grows well with warm temperatures, so if you live in a warm area you will have success with okra in your garden. Don't try to get a jump start on the season by starting okra indoors, as they don't survive transplanting very well. Okra grows best when directly sown into warm soil.
Loosen the soil with a shovel or rototiller in a location that receives full sun and has adequate drainage. The garden soil should be moist, but not wet.
Work 10-10-10 fertilizer into the dirt. The amount of fertilizer you will use will depend upon the size of your rows. As a general rule, use 1 to 2 lbs. of fertilizer per 100 square feet of garden. Check the package of your particular brand of fertilizer for exact amounts.
Build the row up into a small hill with a rake. If you are planting more than one row, space the rows 3 feet apart.
Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and place your okra seeds in it. Allow them to soak the night before you plant them, to aid germination.
Plant your okra seeds 1 inch deep into the soil, and allow 6 inches of space between each seed. When the okra seedlings are 3 inches tall, thin them to 18 inches apart.
Water your seeds after planting. The mounded row should be moist, but not soaked. Water weekly, moistening the soil 1 inch deep if there has been no rain.