26 March 2011, by gj
Broccoli is one of the Cole Crops, which include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, and kohlrabi.
All these veggies prefer cooler temps; easy to remember since Cole sounds like Cold.
For broccoli you can choose either an ‘early’ variety, to plant early in the spring or a ‘late’ variety for growing in the fall.
If broccoli is subjected to hot temperatures it will bolt, or flower.
As pretty as the flowers are, it rends the veggie inedible.
You can try it in a spot that gets a little more shade in the summer than other areas of the garden.
Other than that broccoli is pretty easy to grow.
It doesn’t like strawberries, so keep the two apart.
Broccoli produces one main bunch per plant. Be sure to soak it well in salt water before preparing, to get rid of unwanted dinner guests.
After harvesting, it will continue to provide little baby heads.
Botanical name: Brassica oleracea
Yield: One main head, then numerous smaller shoots.
Days to maturity: 60-70 days
Harvest: After forming a head, but before it bolts
Storage: Best frozen, but can be canned.