Last updated on March 1st, 2014
We love growing and eating broccoli! It is easy to grow and is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat.
Given the fact that food prices continue to rise, and since we are striving to be more self sufficient and less dependent upon other systems which could fail us, we have been learning to garden in our own suburban yard. It has been amazing to us how much quality food we are able to grow, eat, and store on our current small lot. And I have to tell you, this home grown food tastes So Much Better than grocery store food, it is amazing!
Last spring we planted 8 broccoli plants which provided for us all summer and fall. After about 60 to 80 days, the main central head will grow to between 3 and 6 inches across. Just before the florets (buds) begin to flower yellow, harvest the initial main head at least 5 inches down the stalk by cutting with a sharp knife, and at an angle. The florets on the outer edge of the clump will be about the size of a matchstick and the overall color will be a deep green. If you begin to see yellow, harvest it immediately.
Side shoots will begin to grow after cutting the central head, each with their own smaller clump of florets. Look for the same clues to determine when to harvest. After awhile you will be able to know with ease when the time is right.
Since our winters are not too cold here, and temperatures only dip below freezing a few times, we decided to plant a few new broccoli plants during November. Sure enough they grew, although not as tall or vigorous because of less sunlight during the winter months. I’m starting to plan out the garden for this year and will be planting at least as many as last year, but in different locations (it is highly recommended to plant in different areas from year to year).
Broccoli is a Super Vegetable and should definitely be a part of everyone’s diet.
Broccoli contains the compound, sulforaphane, and is one of the most powerful antioxidant, anti-cancer foods we can eat. Antioxidants help rid the body of free radicals and boost the immune system. It is also loaded with Vitamin C, K, A, B6, B12, folate, fiber, beta-carotene, and potassium. It is very low in calories too with only 30 calories per cup!
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