[Market-farming] shade

Karen Sutherland & Roots Farm rootsfarm at marpin.dm
Mon Nov 28 08:47:22 EST 2005

Willie, Hi --

Does your okra really last the whole long season?  When you cut it back 
at 6-8', do you get fresh bearing branches that make good pods? 

We find that our okra (many varieties tried, only chicken manure used)  
tends to have root problems as the plants get older and, even if the 
plants are refreshed by cutting back, the pods get fibrous, hard or ugly 
while still quite small.  Our peppers last much longer, going in and out 
of productivity. 

Thanks for your ideas.

All best wishes,


*Karen Sutherland **
**Roots Farm**
Organic Produce : Fruits, Roots, Vegetables & Herbs*
Cockrane, Dominica
rootsfarm at marpin.dm <mailto:rootsfarm at marpin.dm>


Willie McKemie wrote:

>I visited a fellow farmers marketer the other day and noticed that they 
>had been shading peppers with shade cloth up on wood poles.  They move 
>the poles each season.  Even though I loose about 75% of my mid-summer 
>peppers to sun scald, I don't think their value justifies the cost of 
>shade.  But, my neighbor got me to thinking about shade.  "Me thinking" 
>is always dangerous.  And sometimes costly.
>I decided that alternate rows of okra might do the job; I do grow about 
>the same amount of okra as peppers and we grow both peppers and okra 
>through our long spring-summer-fall season.  The okra's affinity for 
>heavier soil would limit my rotation options for peppers.  We normally 
>start cutting okra back when it reaches about 6' in height, but we can 
>easily let it grow to 8' or more.  Beds are 5' center to center and the 
>okra has to be cut to keep open picking paths.
>Here is a thought I had for more manageable poles: drive T posts and 
>then slip over them capped PVC pipe.  6-8' T posts and about 8' 1.5"-2" 
>PVC that would extend the height 2-3'.  T posts are more easily set and 
>removed than wood poles.  Has anyone had experience keeping shade cloth 
>up on poles?
>Tom's "snow fence" query:  What is "snow"?  Does not compute.  Need 
>more data.
>Willie in central Texas
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