Broccoli plants

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Saturday 12 March, 2016 by Uncle Spike

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A little while ago we saw these beautiful flowers, and Joanne from My Life Lived Full mentioned wanting to see broccoli as it grows, well here we are. Not as much in the archives as I thought, but here’s a few pictures at least.

I have tried propagating from broccoli seed, but our ‘non-summer’ season is so short, that the seeds never have time to germinate, and if perchance they do, it’s almost springtime, so just too little, too late. I mostly buy decent strong seedlings grown on farms up in the mountains, and plant them out in November – although still around 28C (82F), but with temps dropping by the day. These are a mixture of various seedlings planted out perhaps two weeks previous, but gives you the idea.

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They grow pretty quick, and if we are lucky we can get two crops of fairly decent heads. Most though do not form into well-shaped heads in this climate; however, even the straggly ones are tasty enough when cooked fresh – we use no sprays or fertilizers; just goat poo.

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But as soon as spring kicks in around mid-February, the plants shoot up and flower with an amazing display of colour. It’s a shame to have to remove them, as I did these past couple of days, but needs must as it’s now time to prepare for summer crops!

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9 thoughts on “Broccoli plants

  1. joannesisco says:

    Oh my!! When they flower, they really go all out!
    So it seems they grow very similar to cauliflower with a head growing out of the centre.
    mmmm – fresh broccoli. I’m guessing the *immature* plants would be very tender and tasty.

    Thanks Spike! 😀

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  2. Great pics Spike … the bees just love those flowers. I have just sown some brassica seeds and am watching those seedlings get growing!

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  3. tippysmom2 says:

    Never been able to grow broccoli, but love to eat it.

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  4. AnnetteM says:

    Interesting. Do you eat the leaves too?

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  5. Yvonne says:

    Goat poo! That must have an interesting smell.

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