Broccoli is considered the super vegetable. It is high in Vitamin A+C, a good source of B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Broccoli can be eaten raw with a dip, stir-fried, cooked or frozen for later use.
CULTURE: Broccoli is easy to grow. For early crops, start indoors 4-6 weeks before planting out. Transplant when soil is 50F/10C or higher. Cold weather will cause premature flowers. For late crops, seed in June-July.
SOIL: Broccoli will tolerate a broad range of soils, but prefers sandy loam. PH 6.5-7
FERTILITY: Ensure adequate levels of nitrogen for proper bud formation. Excessive fertilizing will cause hollow stems. Keep a regular watering schedule so plants do not wilt in heat. Broccoli likes its leaves wet.
GERMINATION: Sow in plugs at 70F/21C for 7 days, or outdoors in warm soil.
SPACING: Transplant or thin seedlings out to 40-45cm/16-18”.
Harvest just before the beads on the head break open into flower, hot temperatures will accelerate this, so check often.