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.
I grow mine early in a spot that gets a little more shade in the summer than most of the garden.
Other than that Broccoli is pretty easy to grow.
I did learn 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.
The best way to store Broccoli is to freeze it.