Popular vegetable with home gardeners. Easy to grow and can have a long harvest. Start in very early spring and plant out after hard frost.
Broccoli is a greedy feeder - many recommend adequate nitrogen and monthly fertilizations. Plant your broccoli where it will get least 6 hours of sun daily and has fertile, well-drained, moist soil with plenty of organic matter. Mulch will help keep the ground cool and moist. The soil pH should be between 6.0 and 7.0 for best growth and to discourage clubroot disease.
Brief overnight frosts are fine; broccoli is very hardy. Most broccoli will overwinter in Zone 8 if the ground doesn't freeze. Protect the heads from too much rain, which will cause rot and mold; row covers or a cold frame work well for winter crops or getting an early start. Fall broccoli should be started a month and a half before frost. All broccolis like moist, fertile soil and cool weather.
Broccoli is high in vitamin C anddietary fiber. It also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, Broccoli has the highest levels of carotenoids in the brassica family. It is particularly rich in lutein and also provides a modest amount of beta-carotene. Broccoli can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. Broccoli has a strong, positive impact on our body's detoxification system.
Broccoli may help us solve our vitamin D deficiency epidemic. When large supplemental doses of vitamin D are needed to offset deficiency, ample supplies of vitamin K and vitamin A help keep our vitamin D metabolism in balance. Broccoli has an unusually strong combination of both vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and vitamin K.
Broccoli is a particularly rich source of a flavonoid called kaempferol. Recent research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. This kaempferol connection helps to explain the unique anti-inflammatory benefits of broccoli. Very high in antioxidants.
Brassica oleracea var. italica / C/Matures 8-9+/Harvest 4-12/Yield heads 26-53, leaves 52-106/Spacing 15"