How to Grow Broccoli

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Broccoli is easy to grow, freezes very well, is high in vitamins and contains anti-cancer agents so this is an excellent choice of vegetable to grow.

 

Broccoli likes a soil that is well drained but still retains moisture and also requires a fertile soil, so when preparing the area add plenty of well-rotted manure or compost before sowing seeds or planting out seedlings.

 

Broccoli grows to about three feet tall, prefers full sun but can grow well in light shade and needs an area that provides good air circulation.

 

 

HOW TO SOW BROCCOLI SEEDS

If you are sowing your broccoli seeds indoors, then they need to be sown about six to nine weeks before the last frost is expected.

Once germinated, which will take about four to five days, place in pots in a sunny spot at a temperature of 60F to 65F and keep the soil moist as opposed to wet.

 

 

When the seedlings reach about four to six inches high and have two to four leaves, they will be ready for transplanting outdoors. About a week before planting, Harden the seedlings by getting them used to outdoor conditions. Before lifting, water well and plant 18 inches apart and with 2-3ft between the rows, firm in and water well.

 

 

As broccoli seedlings are tolerant of light frosts you can sow your broccoli seeds directly into the soil in late spring, just follow the instructions on the packet.

 

 

HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR YOUR BROCCOLI

Keep the broccoli plants moist and water well during any dry spells to avoid tough stems and once the centre head is about one inch across, add some well-rotted manure or compost around the plant to add some extra nutrients to the soil. In cold weather, protect the broccoli plants with cloches and once the plants reach about 8 inches tall add a nitrogen fertiliser.

 

Don't forget to keep the area weed free.

 

 

HOW TO HARVEST YOUR BROCCOLI

Cut the centre head first along with about 6 inches of the stem as this will encourage side shoots to develop. Broccoli is reading for picking when the flower shoots or spears are green and well formed, once they start opening and going yellow, then they are getting past their best (supermarkets often sell broccoli that is turning yellow and beginning to flower).

 

After harvesting the central head, you can then start harvesting the side shoots over a period of several weeks and if you have too many for your needs, don't forget it freezes well.

 

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This article was brought to your by Conner John, marketing manager for GraftinGardeners.


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