growing broccoli

Broccoli is a hardy vegetable of the cabbage family that is high in vitamins A and D. It develops best during cool seasons of the year. Broccoli does best when temperatures remain between 40 degrees and 70 degrees F. during the growing period. The edible part of broccoli are compact clusters of unopened flower buds and the attached portion of the stem. The green buds develop first in one large central head and later in several smaller side shoots. Broccoli needs well-drained, moist soil with a lot of organic material and a pH between 5.8 to 6.6.

Mulching around your broccoli plants is very important to keep the soil temperature cool. Broccoli plants usually require 1-1/1/2 inches of water per week. Never plant broccoli in the same place in the garden two years in a row. In fact try to rotate all Brassica crops, so that no cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower are grown in the same place two years in succession.

Best Varieties to Plant
Broccoli Green Comet — 55 days to harvest, heat tolerant, develops harvestable side shoots.

Packman — 55 days to harvest, develops harvestable side shoots Premium Crop — 58 days to harvest, long lasting.

Cruiser — 58 days to harvest, drought tolerant, high-yielding, uniform heads Green Goliath — 60 days to harvest, tolerant of extreme temperatures


Nutrition Facts (1/2 cup cooked fresh broccoli)

Calories 23
Dietary fiber 2.4 grams
Protein 2.3 grams
Carbohydrates 4.3 mg
Beta carotene
Vitamin C 49 mg
Folic Acid 53.3 nanograms
Calcium 89 mg
Iron 0.9 mg