Broccoli is a wonderful edition to the garden, delicious steamed, grilled, in a stir-fry or added raw to a salad (wonderful with walnuts). Here is everything you need to know on how to grow broccoli.
Broccoli loves the cold/winter season.
It needs good drainage and plenty of sunlight, although late maturing varieties may prefer some shade to protect them from sudden heat in late spring. The harvest period can be extended by planting a few different varieties that mature at different times.
Prepare the soil to a depth of at least 30cm, digging in plenty of 5IN1® Organic Fertiliser and Searles Premium Organic Compost. Sweeten with garden lime if your soil is acidic (how to use a soil ph test kit). Sprinkle Searles Penetraide ReWetting Granules, water well, mulch and leave for 2 weeks. If planting seed, draw a drill and plant 6mm deep, about 50cm apart in groups of three. Thin out the two weakest seedlings later. Each seedling should have a central bud or growing tip — discard any without. Keep broccoli moist and weed-free.
Harvest when the heads are still green and compact (they’re too old once they turn yellowish with flowers starting to open). To harvest, cut off the head along with about 10cm of stalk and a few leaves. Two smaller, but more tender heads will grow in its place.
Broccoli loves to be saddled with beans, beetroot, celery, lettuce, peas and potato.
Broccoli Pests & Diseases
Remove cabbage white caterpillar and spray aphids with Searles Bug Beater.
Shopping List for Growing Broccoli