Yesterday, I had Jerry pick up a bag of cotton balls for me from the store. And as I pulled one of the fluffy wads from the bag it suddenly peeved me that I had had to buy them. These are just plain ol’ clumps of cotton! Why can’t I grow this myself?

Which got my wheels turning. Why not learn how to grow cotton?!

I know cotton grows well in the south, and actually thrives in our red clay soil. Really, it grows well in most well-drained clay or loamy soils.

Cotton also needs just the right climate to grow; about six months of frost-free temps, moderate Spring rainfall, and plenty of sunny days during the plant’s maturing period.

When planting cotton, the ground should be tilled or plowed deeply to allow the plants long tap root to grow as far down as possible. I’d love to try growing a small batch of cotton in a raised bed! Wouldn’t that be great?!

Now, to find some cotton seeds…

What do you think? Have you ever grown cotton? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to harvest your own, organic cotton balls?!