Broccoli The Vegetable We Love To Hate

You have got to love this solution to getting rid of Fruit Fly’s.
Sent to me by WindShift69 on Vancouver Island, BC.

I like to leave a banana peel in the oven, leave the door open a little bit so they can get in. After a few hours I slam the door shut and roast the little bastards.

broccoli President GHW Bush once said ” I’m president of the United States and I don’t have to eat Broccoli if I don’t want to!

Broccoli is one of those vegetables that will benefit from the cooler weather of Fall and early Winter. Broccoli likes full sun and moist, fertile soil that’s slightly acidic.

If you live in Climate zones 5 thru 9 you surly will be able to grow and harvest a Fall / Winter crop of cold hardy Broccoli.
Broccoli Fall plantings, plant seed 85 to 100 days before your average first fall frost. Enter your ZIP code to find your First Frost date.
If you live in a warm climate, a fall planting is best, as broccoli thrives in cool weather. Plant seeds in mid to late-summer in most plant hardness zones.

Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep, or set transplants slightly deeper than they were grown originally. Within a row, space your plants 12 to 24 inches apart with 36 inches between each row. Space plants 12 to 24 inches apart, depending on the side heads you want to harvest.
If you overseed(plant seeds to close together) you will need to thin seedlings to 12 to 24 inches apart to give room for the broccoli to grow.

Fertilize three weeks after transplanting. Provide consistent soil moisture with regular watering, especially in drought conditions. Some varieties of broccoli are heat tolerant, but all need moisture.
Caution Do not get developing heads wet when watering. Roots are very shallow, do not deep cultivate near your Broccoli plants.
Suffocate weeds with mulch or pull weeds by hand. Mulch will also help regulate soil temperatures.

Cabbage loopers leave small holes on the leaves between the veins mean small green caterpillars are present. Look at the undersides of the leaves. Hand pick if the problem is small or control with Bacillus thuringiensis. Use a floating row cover just after planting through harvest to prevent caterpillars.
Cabbageworms and other worm pests. Treat all worm pest the same as treating cabbage loopers.

Signs of Aphids, curling leaves may mean that the plant’s sap is being sucked by insects. To control aphids apply soapy water to all sides of leaves whenever you see aphids. Repeat treatment as needed.

Broccoli is a heavy nitrogen feeder. If the bottom leaves turn yellow and the problem continues toward the top of the plant, the plants need a high nitrogen (but low phosphorus) fertilizer or bloodmeal. Blood meal is a quick Nitrogen fix for yellowing leaves.

Harvest your broccoli crop when the buds of the head are firm and tight before the heads flower. If you do see yellow petals, harvest immediately.
For best taste, harvest in the morning before the soil heats up.
Cut heads from the plant. taking at least 6 inches of stem. Cut the stalk of the main head at a slant, about 5 to 8 inches below the head.
Many varieties have side-shoots that will continue to develop after the main head is harvested. You can harvest from one plant for many weeks, in some cases, from Fall well into Winter if you’re Winter isn’t too cold.
You can store broccoli in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you wash before storing, make sure to dry it thoroughly.

Blanch Broccoli before bagging for freezer storage. Frozen Broccoli can be stored for up to one year.

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16 responses to “Broccoli The Vegetable We Love To Hate

  1. Every once in a while someone hands you a golden nugget of information. You seem to have a lot of nuggets in your pocket.

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  2. Only 4 of my broccoli plants made it this year but the kids are eager to harvest them. Our yard has thistles in it and they are now growing near the broccoli. Elsewhere I poke around the thistles with a screwdriver to loosen the root and pull the whole thing up. If broccoli have shallow roots what’s the best way to get rid of the thistles so I don’t stab the roots?

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    • Re sedrate organizes _ Thanks for taking time to visit my humble little blog and for your comment(s)
      Thistles are a pain in the butt, but are fairly easy to control in your garden.
      Cut them off at ground level, you will see that they have a some what hollow center in their main stalk. Fill this hollow stalk with 5% acid white vinegar. This will soon kill it’s root system and will not be a problem this gardening season.
      Happy summer gardening

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  3. Any type of brassica has innumerable pests here in Ireland. I love broccoli however, and have a plant of the purple sprouting variety that is now THREE years old! It just keeps going 🙂

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    • Re heretherebespiders – Grin… any of the cabbage family really does well any where it is a bit cooler and it rains on your garden from time to time
      Happy gardening

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  4. Thanks so much for your tips!! Blood meal…that’s what I am heading out to get today as my leaves are getting that yellow appearance. I always plant a second planting the 2nd week of August and that planting seems to grow well as it’s much cooler at night here in August.

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    • Re Chase & Chance’s Mom Thanks for your visit and for your comment(s)
      Rather than messing with anything else I keep a water tight container full of 5-0-0 or 10-0-0 fertilizer at the ready. I have had my (heavy clay) soil tested and found that it is low in nitrogen content and is high or very high in both phosphorus and potassium

      happy gardening

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  5. We had problems with catilpilllar infesting our brocolli this year. This is our second year of combating this problem. I planted a second batch. I think we are going to cover it in plastic to protect our fall harvest. Thanks for the extra information.
    Honey

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    • By mid late summer insect populations have about peaked uot, hence Fall crops are often near being over run with these garen pest.
      Good luck

      Happy worm free gadrening

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  6. Reblogged this on sliceofheaveninsweden and commented:
    We have had problems again this year with catepillars attacking our brocolli this year. This post gives helpful advice in growing brocolli.

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  7. I don’t know what it is with everyone hating broccoli. I’ve always enjoyed all sorts of vegetables. It’s almost as if we teach our kids to expect not to like certain foods.

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