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    When to Plant Broccoli

    Broccoli seedlings

    Broccoli is cool-season annual commonly treated as a two-season crop with spring and late summer planting. Broccoli seedlings are usually transplanted to the garden after being started indoors. Seeds are sown indoors or in a cold frame 5 to 6 weeks before they are set in the garden. In spring, give broccoli an early start […] More

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    Broccoli Growing Quick Tips

    Broccoli in raised bed

    Follow these broccoli growing quick tips for harvest success. Sowing: Sow broccoli seeds in early spring for an early summer crop or in midsummer for a fall crop. In mild-winter regions, sow broccoli from fall to late winter. Time your planting so that harvest comes before the weather warms into the 70sF (21sC) ; the […] More

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    Broccoli Harvest

    Broccoli preparation1

    Broccoli—planted last spring– will continue to grow until severe freezing temperatures arrive. Harvest broccoli when flower heads have formed, but while the florets are still in tight bud. Harvest the large main or top floret first. Once the main floret is cut, smaller florets develop in leaf axils or side shoots down the stem; in […] More

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    Broccoli for Cool Weather Harvest

    Broccoli central flower head

    Broccoli is best—bigger and most flavorfully sweet—when it reaches maturity in cool weather. Mid- to late-summer is a good time to plant broccoli—the cool days and nights of autumn will arrive in the weeks before the tight florets of broccoli are ready for cutting. Broccoli is frost tolerant—so even if it turns unexpectedly cold, you […] More

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    Broccoli Harvest and Re-Harvest

    Broccoli flower clusters1

    Broccoli is easy to grow and offers not one harvest but several. Each plant grows two to three feet tall with a thick central stalk and several lateral branches. The central stalk is the first to bear a large cluster of tiny, dark green flower buds—the plant’s first harvest. After the central flower cluster is […] More

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    Planting Broccoli

    Broccoli planting

    Broccoli needs cool weather to grow–warm weather will cause the buds to “rice” or open as flowers. Broccoli is suited for springs that are long and cool or autumns where there is no Indian summer. Where winters are mild, start broccoli in fall for harvest in spring. Planting Calendar. Broccoli is a cool-season vegetable that […] More

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    How to Prepare and Cook Broccoli

    Steamed broccoli

    Fresh broccoli will have a delicate flavor and texture. The peak season for broccoli is early fall through early spring. Cool-weather sweetens the taste of broccoli so for the best flavor fresh broccoli should come to the table before the weather warms. How to Choose Broccoli Select broccoli with tightly closed, compact bud clusters and […] More

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    Broccoli: Edible Flower

    Broccoli Flower1

    Quick! Name an edible flower! Ok, which once did you name: nasturtium, pansy, viola, marigold or lavender, day lily, carnation or sage? The petals of each of those can be added to a salad for both taste and show. There are dozens of flowers that are edible. But did you name the most commonly eaten […] More