How to Fertilize Okra plants

  • Okra grows well if the soil is well fertilized.
  • After 30 days of planting okra, enrich your soil using organic fertilizer like cattle compost, or balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer with primary nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium
  • Before applying the compost, remove some of the soil around the plants and apply the compost and cover them with the soil and irrigate them
  • Liquid fertilizer like Panchagavya and Fish emulsion can be applied to increase the immunity and promote plant growth. Mix the 30 ml of the liquid fertilizer with water in a sprayer and spray the diluted mix over the okra plants.
  • Epsom salts can also be provided to aid flowering as they are rich in magnesium

How to Care Okra plants in Terrace Gardens

  • Weeds should be eliminated when the okra plants are young.
  • Then mulch the okra plants to reduce the weed growth and the retain more moisture in the soil.
  • Water the Okra plants every morning thoroughly during summer. During winter plants can be watered every alternative days.
  • Okra are prone to be damaged by Aphids, stinkbugs, beetles and worms if the plants are not monitored and not maintained properly. 
  • Organic neem based pesticides can be applied every 15 days to keeps the pest away.
  • Home made pesticide liquid (5 ml) made of ginger, garlic and chilly can be applied in 1 ltr of water is also effective.
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How to grow Okra in Home Gardens

  • Okra grows best in a well-drained sandy loam or loam soil that is good in organic matter
  • Select a well drained pot with drainage holes so that they would help to drain out excess water present in the soil so as to reduce the risk of root rot.
  • Fill the pot with two parts potting soil and one part sand. Mix organic fertilizer to the soil balanced ratio of 20-20-20 of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium
  • Sow the orka seeds over the potting mix and cover them with thin layer of soil
  • Water regularly and the seeds generally germinate within 2-3 weeks
  • After 30 days, sapling would have grown by 3 to 4 inches and will be ready for transplanting.
  • During Transplanting you may need to carefully slide a gardening trowel into the side of the pot and remove the saplings and plant them in individual pots
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Harvesting Banana in the farm

  • Banana stalks take 90 to 120 days from flower production to mature fruit
  • Signs of maturity of banana fruits are, fruit becomes plump and change in color of fruits from deep green to light green.
  • Also after the banana ripens, fruit generally will look smoother or plumper and changes from square or sharp angular shape in cross section to a more rounded shape.
  • Yield of the banana depends on the temperature, variety, moisture and culture practices
  • Home growers normally harvest the banana before 10 days of ripening when it is in light green color to avoid damaging of the banana while harvesting.
  • Harvesting bananas involves chopping down the whole tree.
  • Once harvesting is done, store them in a cool, shady area and do not the refrigerate the  Bananas.
  • You can ripen them quickly in your home by storing them in a paper bag
  • After harvesting, cut back the tree about a foot and let it dry out in order to allow new plant to grow again
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