Thursday, July 12, 2012

Harvesting Broccoli - Don't Hesitate!

I have learned the hard way about harvesting broccoli.  Cut it from the plant when it looks compact, like the broccoli you see in the grocery store.  If you wait a few days it will flower and it will be too late.  Broccoli is a cool season crop and it does well in Utah.  It needs nice rich soil, regular water and lots of sun.  It can be harvested and removed by mid-summer, or you can leave the plants in the ground and it will continue to produce small broccoli heads into the fall.  Sometimes broccoli attracts aphids so plant some dill nearby to attract the ladybugs.
Perfect Broccoli

Broccoli Flowers

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