Want to learn how to grow broccoli? It's a cool-season, hardy vegetable which is quick growing. It took 60 days in my garden to go from seedling to table. It survived three consecutive nights of frosty weather with no problem. I harvested my first head yesterday and now I know what broccoli is supposed to taste like! Delicious. When cooked, it turned a bright, vibrant green.
Broccoli is part of the cabbage family. In a warm climate, plant in the fall, otherwise plant in mid- to late-summer. Broccoli likes a rich, well-drained soil and full sun. This veggie needs quite a bit of room to grow so space plants 18 to 24 inches apart. Plants will grow approximately 2 1/2 feet high.
When ready to harvest cut the main head about seven inches down the stalk so side shoots will develop. This method gives you a second, small harvest.
Broccoli is high in Vitamins A and D.
I recommend Packman (60 days to harvest). Other varieties to consider are Cruiser (58 days to harvest), Green Comet (55 days to harvest), and Green Goliath (60 days to harvest).
Side Shoots Developing
By Miss Lady Bug