Okra seedlings are in Montemorcino’s fields: the agricultural experimentation begins
After okra’s germination in the nursery “Le Cascine” nursey (managed by the “L’Albero di Zaccheo” cooperative), seedlings have passed from the fridges to the fields, traveling from Selci Lama greenhouses to Montemorcino gardens to be transplanted: gombo’s agricultural experimentation by Urbagri4Wobegins.men
Infact, during last weeks the group has transplanted okra seedlings, in a cyclical way and separating the field in sectors. Each week, 300 seedlings at a time were transplanted, for a total of 1200 seedlings and 4 cycles; a cycle corresponds to a specific sector of the field, distinguished from the others according to the date of the transplant itself. Furthermore, each one will be given different amounts of water and fertilizer.
The latter is a fundamental factor in order for the beneficiaries to prepare a “garden diary”: a document that reports each activity done and corresponding data.
At the end of the cultivation, these data will allow to identify the best conditions for growing okra in Umbria: that is the real experimental aspect of this task.
Infact, okra is an innovative crop in our region, while is somewhat present in Italy (in particular in Sicily and Sardinia). It belongs to the Malvacee family specie, that is native to Africa. It grows in a tropical climate, in temperatures above twenty degrees; it doesn’t require abundant irrigation and adapts to different types of soil, but it must be exposed to the sun. In addition to its beautiful flowers, the part that particularly interests is the pod, similar to a green pepper, which can be eaten raw in salads or cooked, and which has rich nutritional properties.
Urbagri4Women is a Tamat project supported by the European Commission with the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund