how do i grow broccoli?
Start growing your broccoli indoors in a seedling tray 6-8 weeks before planting and transplant in your garden one month before the last spring frost.
For fall crops, start them in a seed tray in July and transplant them into the garden towards the end of August. If you have a lot of space in your garden, you can directly sow your Fall crop about ninety days before the first fall frost. Protecting the young plants from the cold with rover covers is a good idea that might help them grow quicker
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When your main central heads are ready to harvest, cut them off at the base with a serrated knife or clippers and leave as many leaves as possible. Make sure the cut the broccoli stem at an angle so it is less likely to rot. Your broccoli is ready to harvest when the heads appear full and tight, don’t wait too long to harvest because flower buds will open.
If you have several broccoli plants, don’t wait until they’ve all matured to begin harvesting; instead harvest each plant as soon as it looks ready and keep harvesting regularly so that more broccoli will grow.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Once you’ve cut away the main stock don’t remove the plant, smaller heads will crop up and form a second harvest. Broccoli takes a long time to mature, so it is helpful to start them in a seed tray to make the most out of your garden space.
1 cup: Protein (5%), Vitamin C (135%), Vitamin K (116%), Folate (14%), Vitamin A (11%), Manganese (10%), Potassium (8%)
Preparing and using
Once you harvest your broccoli, wash it under running water and soak it in cold salted water for 2hr, there might be a green cabbage worm hiding in all the foliage.
If you don’t plan on using your broccoli right away refrigerate them so they stay fresh. Broccoli can be steamed, boiled, stir fried or enjoy it raw.