CAN I GROW BROCCOLI?
Broccoli is a slow-growing, cool-season crop that grows best in full sun. The key to success
is to grow broccoli where they are sure to get a full days worth of sun, and no shade.
Broccoli is an extremely popular home gardener favorite grown by over half of all Burpee
gardeners. Long ago it was a favorite of the ancient Romans. Thomas Jefferson grew broccoli in
his famed gardens at Monticello.
BROCCOLI SEEDS OR PLANTS?
Start broccoli seeds indoors at least 4 weeks before your last frost in spring.
Broccoli likes cooler temperatures, so a light dressing of mulch always helps keep the roots
cool and moist.
BROCCOLI GROWING TIPS
Broccoli needs lots of water to maintain constant growth.
INSECTS & DISEASES
Broccoli is sometimes bothered by common pests. If they are a problem in your garden, the
best solution is to use floating row covers to keep out any insects. To prevent diseases, avoid
planting broccoli in the same spot each year.
BROCCOLI HARVEST TIPS
Pick broccoli when the heads have formed into tight, firm clusters. Using a sharp knife cut
off the head with about 6 inches of stem attached. This will encourage growth of the side
shoots for additional, smaller broccoli harvests.
RECIPES & STORAGE
Broccoli is flavorful raw and cooked. It is a staple in most veggie trays and is fabulous
cooked in soups, stir-fries and stews.
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