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Re: Broccoli harvest

Post  CotheK on 12/27/2015, 4:42 pm

Wow!  Those broccoli look wonderful!!  

I have six transplants and I put two next to each other in one 2X2 box with spinach in the other two squares...  I just read in Mel's second book a few days ago this is not recommended.  One seems to be growing the other not so. Anyone else do this and have success?

I hope I don't have to learn the VERY hard way and lose both.

I also read (somewhere else) that after the initial harvest smaller heads may still grow.  Anyone?

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/27/2015, 10:42 pm

@CotheK wrote:Wow!  Those broccoli look wonderful!!  

I have six transplants and I put two next to each other in one 2X2 box with spinach in the other two squares...  I just read in Mel's second book a few days ago this is not recommended.  One seems to be growing the other not so. Anyone else do this and have success?

I hope I don't have to learn the VERY hard way and lose both.

I also read (somewhere else) that after the initial harvest smaller heads may still grow.  Anyone?

Thanks and Blessings!

Did you place one broccoli per square foot? That is what Mel recommends. Can you get a few cheap containers and re-plant and move the crowded broccoli? The spinach, is it transplants or direct seeded? You could put the spinach in the containers if that would be easier!

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Post  sanderson on 12/28/2015, 2:13 am

CotheK, I'm not sure I under stand how you planted the broccoli. One per square or 2 in one square? Per Mel, one per square for most of the cabbage family . Not all transplants thrive equally. I have a couple kale and Swiss chard that are puny. Wink

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 12/28/2015, 7:03 am

To answer your other question, CotheK, some varieties DO put out side shoots.  What variety do you have?

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Post  sanderson on 12/17/2016, 5:17 pm

Broccoli!!  If they were snakes, I'd of been bitten. There are 3 green and one purple head.  The purple may be hard to see!  CN sent me the seeds. Thank you, CN.


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Post  Turan on 12/17/2016, 10:41 pm

Lovely broccoli heads! So this is the good time for you to grow them.
They can be so sneaky. I discovered some rather large heads in September after I had let the plants start flowering for the bees.

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Post  plantoid on 12/17/2016, 11:57 pm

Depending at to whether they are sprouting broccoli or heading broccoli aka  calabrese or are they both called calabrese ..
Anyway it's the larger heading variety I'm going to write about .

They both can produce new growth once harvested. If the weather is not too hot or dry ... they like cool 12 to 18 oC   ( Dampish ) weather .

 The sprouting  variety both green & purple does it quite naturally  once you have picked the sprouting bits off & left a fair amount of greenery .

The heading variety it's best to cut off with a sharp knife about an few inches  below the clump ' head of broccoli just above  the leaf node /branch point ,leaving the greenery  leaves alone . 

Then gently cut a 3/4 " deep vertical cross down into the cut stem of the plant , so there is part of the leaf in each cut part . 
 You should get four baby clumps in about 15 weeks time .

Sometimes doing this will give you even bigger heads than the originally harvested one.
 
In early September Alison cut a nice three inch head of calabrese , last week we had the first head of the second cut .

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Post  sanderson on 12/18/2016, 12:09 am

Turan, Yes, this is the cabbage season. There is also a small orange cauliflower showing. After the top floret is removed, little side shoots will appear.

Plantoid, The package for the Early Purple broccoli, it reads "An English heirloom variety bred for overwintering....Grows slowly during the winter; very frost hardy..."

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Post  plantoid on 12/18/2016, 6:43 pm

@sanderson wrote:Turan,  Yes, this is the cabbage season.  There is also a small orange cauliflower showing.  After the top floret is removed, little side shoots will appear.

Plantoid,  The package for the Early Purple broccoli, it reads "An English heirloom variety bred for overwintering....Grows slowly during the winter; very frost hardy..."
 
That made me smile,
I've just  had visions of zillions of baby Broccoli nuzzling up to mummy Broccoli & suckling away all nice & noisily like a farrowing of new born baby piglets , one dark cold frosty night .

 The skill of the admen & women  to conjurer up falsehoods & get them stuck in our minds is truly amazing.

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Post  sanderson on 12/18/2016, 8:25 pm

For a looping ad vision, baby broccoli nuzzling around mommy is not bad. A gardener's sleepy time dream.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 12/18/2016, 9:57 pm

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@plantoid wrote:
@sanderson wrote:Turan,  Yes, this is the cabbage season.  There is also a small orange cauliflower showing.  After the top floret is removed, little side shoots will appear.

Plantoid,  The package for the Early Purple broccoli, it reads "An English heirloom variety bred for overwintering....Grows slowly during the winter; very frost hardy..."
 
That made me smile,
I've just  had visions of zillions of baby Broccoli nuzzling up to mummy Broccoli & suckling away all nice & noisily like a farrowing of new born baby piglets , one dark cold frosty night .

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Interesting visual!   thinking

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Post  BeetlesPerSqFt on 12/19/2016, 10:46 am

@sanderson wrote: The package for the Early Purple broccoli, it reads "An English heirloom variety bred for overwintering....Grows slowly during the winter; very frost hardy..."
So assuming they survive, my Early Purple broccoli here in PA should start growing again once the daylight is more than 10hrs a day? I'd planned for them to be done around first frost, but they weren't even close... now I'm just hoping I can get them out of the way before the peas go in.

Your broccoli are beautiful. I want to show the photographs to my "seedlings", so that they can be inspired.

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