I had someone write some articles for me last year. I stopped because I would rather make the postings more personal. I’m still looking for people to do guest blogs, if you’re as much of a suburban “farmer” as I am.
Still, I hate to let good information go to waste. So, let me preface with my broccoli usually does well if I start and transplant. I am going to try planting seeds. It’s been so mild here that I suspect it’s going to stay mild for a lot longer and these seeds will have an opportunity to get their roots down before it goes below 40F at night. So, enjoy:
Broccoli significantly increased it popularity due to researches that it has substances that can fight cancer. It is also rich in Vitamins A, C, D and beta-carotene. This type of vegetable prefers cooler temperatures for best growth.
When broccoli plants of most varieties are properly grown and harvested, they can yield over an extended period. Side heads develop after the large, central head is removed. Two crops per year (spring and fall) may be grown in most parts of the country. New heat tolerant varieties allow broccoli to be produced in all but the hottest parts of the season.
It is highly recommended to have these plants transplanted to establish growth quickly. However, direct planting can be done if there is enough space. There are varieties which can be harvested within 55-60 days after planting.
For seeds, plant them half an inch deep on the soil. For seedlings, plant them slightly deepen than the original depth when they were planted. Plant seedlings in a row, about two feet apart from each other. The rows should be about 3 feet apart in between. Broccolis grow to up to two and a half feet.
(( I’ll put 6 in my self watering containers. Broccoli works well but it’s too close quarters for cauliflower or cabbage ))
It is recommended to use compost as fertilizers. Apply fertilizers especially when central heads begin to appear. This will give a boost to your plants’ nutritional and moisture needs. Mulching is also an excellent technique to retain moisture.
((Remember to fertilize your containers every 2 weeks. Do I always remember? Um, no, but I’m getting better and things are staying greener. And this year, the veg and fruit were a bit larger))
Broccoli need moisture to survive. When the rain is scanty, water the plants one to two inches every week.
((and that’s why I use self watering containers…when it rains, it seems to store water so when it’s dry, I still don’t have to water))
Broccoli can be harvested once the heads are large enough to use. The edible part of this vegetable is the compact young flower buds and the stem attached to it. When the head begins to turn yellow, it means that the flowers are beginning to bloom. The central head should also be 4 to 6 inches in diameter. Cut the head with five inches of the stem. This will stimulate the growth of side shoots. You can harvest other shoots using the same process with the central head. The side shoots grow 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
((I have to say this is fun to cut and come again with broccoli! It’s nice when I want a flower or three for lunch. I need to plan better so I can have enough broccoli for the 3 of us for dinner))
((Ok, I found a picture of my broccoli from this past Spring….we had a heat wave, and the next day, I went out to get some broccoli raab, and it had bolted!! Beautiful flowers but it was disappointing. ))
Thanks for reading! I’ll post pictures of my new tomatoes next. YES I planted more tomatoes in September.