Broccoli

Broccoli

 

  • Why you should grow it:
    • Comes in a variety of forms
      • Purple & Sea Coral
    • Can harvest throughout the season, take a little at a time and it will continue to grow throughout the season
      • Harvesting regularly prevents the broccoli from flowering and then eventually going to seed
    • Plant in mid-late summer for fall harvest

 

 

  • How to start seeds
    • Start indoors April to June
    • Transplant when they are about 4-6″ tall
    • Amend the soil before transplanting out
    • Transplant in the morning or on a cloudy day to prevent the seedling from drying out
    • Direct sow late spring to early fall

 

 

  • Tips for growth
    • All Brassicas benefit from chamomile, dill, mint, rosemary, and sage
    • Avoid planting near eggplants, peppers, potatoes, or tomatoes
    • Major pests are caterpillars, can avoid by timing planting and waiting a bit longer before planting out so seedlings are stronger
    • Also can use a row cover
    • Keep consistently watered, but be sure to water the ground, not the plant to prevent diseases
    • Mulch around the base of the plant to prevent evaporation and add nutrients during the peak of the summer

 

 

  • Harvesting
    • Harvest in the morning before the crowns dry out, they’ll be more flavourful
    • Harvest regularly to encourage new growth, they’ll produce for longer
    • Leave the crowns on the stem too long and they will flower and eventually go to seed

 

 

  • Saving Seeds
    • Once you stop harvesting the crowns, flowers will develop
    • Once the flowers dry, there will be seeds
    • Leave the seeds to dry on the plant
    • Shake into a bag and leave to dry in a sunny place
    • Bag, label and store in a dry and dark place