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 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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