Sprouted OkraLast year we had a heck of a time getting okra to germinate. This year I lined a mason jar with sandpaper, put a bunch of okra seeds in it, shook them vigorously, and then removed the sandpaper and soaked the seeds overnight.

We planted the okra yesterday and today here’s what I found in the jar full of unused seeds! Plus, the tray of okra seedblocks are already starting to come up! Scarring, soaking, and a night in a room with a space heater does the trick.

Here is the list of what we have planted in the last three days: (One tray = 50 soil blocks… 50 plants)

Peppers (4 new trays, the list includes a bunch from earlier plantings)

  • Purira Chile Pepper (heirloom, saved seeds)
  • Czechoslovokian Black (heirloom, saved seeds)
  • Cayenne (heirloom, saved seeds)
  • Random seeds from an Easy Bean pepper (2nd generation… from 2005 originally)
  • Sonora Pepper
  • Giant Szegedi Pepper
  • Ancho
  • Early Jalepeno
  • Jupiter Sweet
  • Emerald Giant
  • Ace F1


  • Cauliflower (3 trays)
  • Broccoli (3 trays)
  • Eggplant (1 tray)
  • Okra (1 tray)

We have more than 500 blocks of soil with seeds/seedlings in them in our little dining room! I don’t know where we’re going to keep all of this stuff – we figured that we need to start at least 1000 of our plants inside!

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