Brassica – Sprouting Broccoli

Sow in spring, in small pots indoors.

Thin to the best seedlings. Transplant sturdy plants with four or five pairs of leaves.  Transplant at a depth of 3/4 inches (2 cm).

Needs well-drained soil to avoid winter water-logging, and shelter from the wind.

Space plants 24 inches (60 cm) apart in both directions.

Support stems with stakes once they are tall enough.

Water well in dry spells to keep soil moist and to avoid bolting.

By sowing early-, mid-, and late-season cultivars it is possible to harvest from late winter into spring.

Cut stems before the flower buds open.

Netting will help keep out pigeons and cabbage white caterpillars.

Growing both calabrese and sprouting cultivars ensures fresh harvests of broccoli for most of the year.

 

ROTATION GARDENING

In kitchen gardens peas are a good crop to precede brassicas.

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