Popular vegetable with home gardeners. Easy to grow and has a long harvest. Start in very early spring and plant out after hard frost. 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. Very high in antioxidants.
Brassica oleracea var. italica
C/Matures 8-9+/Harvest 4-12/Yield heads 26-53, leaves 52-106/Spacing 15"