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All About Broccoli

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.
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PLANT HISTORY

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.
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BROCCOLI SEEDS OR PLANTS?

Start broccoli seeds indoors at least 4 weeks before your last frost in spring.
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CULTIVATION

Broccoli likes cooler temperatures, so a light dressing of mulch always helps keep the roots cool and moist.
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BROCCOLI GROWING TIPS

Broccoli needs lots of water to maintain constant growth.
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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.
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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.
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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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