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Broccoli is another fantastic vegetable for gardeners. It is a great source of protein, thiamin, and vitamin E.
Broccoli is a cold hardy plant that can be planted immediately after the last frost.
Broccoli is best served cooked with olive oil or cheese but also can be eaten raw.
Broccoli is a tasty member of the brassica family packed full of
healthy vitamins. It is one of the easiest members of the brassica
family to grow and requires little maintenance throughout the growing
cycle. Broccoli is a unique crop in that it can yield two harvests per
year (one in the fall and one in the summer) depending on when you plant
it. Choose an area of your garden with full sun and rich soil and start
Test your soil.
Broccoli prefers soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. You can test the
soil and add different nutrients to adjust its acidity. Be sure to test
the soil periodically throughout the growing process. In addition to pH,
the soil test results will tell you if your soil lacks any important
nutrients, which you can add with soil amendments.
Thin your outdoor seedlings. When your outdoor
seedlings reach one inch (2.5 cm) in height, you may need to thin the
plants in order to allow them space to grow. Remove smaller or
unhealthy-looking plants until the survivors are 12 to 24 inches (30 to
60 cm) apart. This will prevent overcrowding as the broccoli plants
continue to grow.
Regulate the soil temperature. For summer plantings,
apply an organic mulch of compost, leaves, or bark to keep soil cool.
For winter plantings, apply a black plastic covering to heat the soil.
Harvest your broccoli plants.
You want to harvest your broccoli crowns when the buds are tightly
closed and dark green. Avoid waiting until the buds begin to flower into
light green or yellow flowers. Cut the crown where it meets the stem
using garden shears.