MY MICHIGAN GARDEN
Plant Height: 18-28"
Planting Depth: ¼-½"
Soil Temp, Germ: 55-85°F
Days to Germ.: 3-10
Plant Spacing: 18"
Days to Maturity: 60-90
Started Seeds Indoors:
Transplanted To Garden:
Broccoli, (Brassica oleracea)
Brought to the US by Italian immigrants at the turn of the century,
this is a great broccoli for the home garden. Dark green plant with a
blue-green head. Plant remains productive after harvest of the head,
continuing to produce many side shoots until frost. For fresh use and freezing.
In northern climates, start in the greenhouse in March. Sow seeds in flats,
thinly in rows, ˝" deep. At the sign of the fifth leaf, transplant
seedlings into 3-4" pots at a depth close to the crown, When mid-spring
frosts have nearly ended, it is time to transplant into the garden.
Harden off the seedlings by leaving them outside during the day and
in a cold frame at night. Plant every 18" in rows 16-24" apart.
Keep plants well cultivated. Second feedings of compost may be needed.
Foliar feeding with seaweed extracts prevent aphids and enhance overall
health. As a fall crop, plant directly into the garden a couple of weeks
after summer solstice. Sow thinly in rows. When plants reach 4" high,
thin to 15-18" apart. Cultivate and keep well watered.
Soil & Water:
Broccoli will flourish in both sandy/loam or clay/loam soils,
well nourished with high quality composted or aged manure.
Dolomite loam will help neutralize sandy, acidic soil.
Keep well watered.
Harvest broccoli when heads are about 2/3 of their potential size.
This will encourage the plants to continue growing side buds of good
quality throughout the summer.
Broccoli June 13
Broccoli, July 3
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