Growing Broccoli In Your Vegetable Garden
Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, it contains a high percentage of vitamin C, one portion is equal to the recommended daily allowance of this essential vitamin, and it also contains vitamin A and folacin. Broccoli is a vegetable that is easy to grow in a vegetable garden and grows best in cool seasons. When planting broccoli in the spring, allow plenty of time to harvest the broccoli before the weather becomes too hot. As far as broccoli growing tips go when planting broccoli, make sure the rows are 3 feet apart, with the plants 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart. Growing broccoli is done best in soils that are well-drained with a texture between sandy and clay loam. Make sure the soil pH is between 5.8 and 6.5. One of the best broccoli growing tips is to provide a uniform water supply to your plants. You should water the vegetable garden in the morning so the foliage is dry before the sun goes down. Make sure you water the broccoli enough to moisten the soil to a depth of at least 6 inches. If you only sprinkle the plants lightly, your broccoli will have shallow roots and not get the nutrients it needs to provide you with a good crop.
Broccoli needs lots of nutrients. A general rule for fertilization of the plants when growing broccoli would be to apply 5-10-10 to the soil before planting broccoli in the soil. Broccoli is usually ready to pick 65 to 70 days after planting. Pick the broccoli when the heads are 3 to 6 inches around. To harvest broccoli in your vegetable garden, just cut the main stem of the broccoli about 6 inches below the head. Make sure the flower buds are still closed. If the plant has bolted (is flowering), it’s too late to pick it.