Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» To all my SFG pals and more.
by Kelejan Today at 5:08 pm

» My SFG on TV - Featuring Compost Product
by dstack Today at 5:08 pm

» Forum Poll: Social Media
by Kelejan Today at 4:43 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing January 2017
by Kelejan Today at 4:38 pm

» Spacing for potatoes and strawberries?
by donnainzone5 Today at 4:34 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 3:54 pm

» New England January 2017
by CapeCoddess Today at 3:45 pm

» Spring Fever Anyone?
by Robbomb116 Today at 2:14 pm

» Help - Building new raised beds
by yolos Today at 10:53 am

» 3rd World Country Gardening
by AtlantaMarie Today at 8:42 am

» Butterfly Junction
by sanderson Today at 4:09 am

» Mid-South folks - please check in
by yolos Yesterday at 8:28 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 6:53 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 5:29 pm

» Green Juicing: Growing & Recipes Ideas
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 1:36 pm

» Seed starting station..
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:54 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Yesterday at 5:40 am

» Escarole in SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 12:55 am

» N & C Midwest: January 2017!
by Scorpio Rising 1/22/2017, 10:36 pm

» Cauliflower
by sanderson 1/22/2017, 7:37 pm

» Sad News from Jimmy Cee
by ralitaco 1/22/2017, 7:27 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson 1/22/2017, 5:30 pm

» Grow Light Question
by camprn 1/22/2017, 4:30 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by donnainzone5 1/22/2017, 4:24 pm

» My Shreveport Garden 2017
by countrynaturals 1/22/2017, 1:15 pm

» 2017 Burpee seeds are already on display at HD
by yolos 1/22/2017, 12:49 am

» EMT Clips
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 6:51 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 4:24 pm

» Baker Creek's Seed Bank Store in Petaluma, CA
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 4:18 pm

» Making Smoothies
by sanderson 1/21/2017, 12:45 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Hurry up broccoli...

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Hurry up broccoli...

Post  altagarden on 7/1/2011, 10:59 pm

My broccoli is looking lovely, the stem is very narrow compared to those in the store, but it has heads forming about the size of a quarter.

How long will I have to wait until they are ready to eat? A week? A month? Two days? We have nice warm, sunny weather if that makes any difference.

altagarden

Posts : 92
Join date : 2010-07-20
Location : Alberta, Canada

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Hurry up broccoli...

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 7/1/2011, 11:28 pm

Congrats on the broccoli. Keep an eye on them now. I wait until the heads start to "loosen" a bit. You'll notice when that is. You just don't want them to really burst open and flower (yellow). Harvesting will likely be dictated by your local weather. It may be a couple weeks, it may be much faster. Make sure you get a look at them daily, especially if you get a heat wave.

Hopefully, someone will post some pics to help you out. I've seen some good examples here a short while back.

BackyardBirdGardner

Male Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-25
Age : 43
Location : St. Louis, MO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Hurry up broccoli...

Post  HouseofWool on 7/2/2011, 10:31 pm

I am so excited to be harvesting broccoli for the first time this year. We just got back today from week long vacation. When I left, one head of broccoli was just a bit larger than a golf ball and I was sure that it would bloom while we were gone.

The last few days have seen extremely high temps (over 100 - which NEVER happens this early in the year) so I was not very hopeful about what I would see upon my return.

I was thrilled to see that the head is now about 8" across and hasn't really loosened up at all, so I will pick it for dinner tomorrow.

There was an added bonus because the plant adjacent to it is putting up a new head to replace the one that my toddler yanked out. (YUMMM bockee momma! Thankfully, she is cute.)

I will be trimming back the blossoms that crept up on the other two plants to see if I can get some small heads off of them.

HouseofWool

Posts : 107
Join date : 2010-06-09
Location : SE Wisconsin

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Hurry up broccoli...

Post  boffer on 7/3/2011, 12:03 am

@HouseofWool wrote:...I was thrilled to see that the head is now about 8" across and hasn't really loosened up at all, so I will pick it for dinner tomorrow...

golly gee whiz

Good for you! I planted a whole lot of broccoli this spring, and the biggest head was 4". Most were 2-3 inches.

It's really a crap shoot for those of us who garden outside. If certain minimum or maximum temperatures are reached at certain times of the broccoli plant development, it will retard development of the main head. You lucked out this year!

boffer

Male Posts : 7392
Join date : 2010-02-26
Age : 63
Location : yelm, wa, usa

View user profile http://boffer.us/

Back to top Go down

Re: Hurry up broccoli...

Post  HouseofWool on 7/3/2011, 4:37 pm

I'm beginning to think that most of gardening is a crap shoot. Yes, you can have great soil, but if the weather doesn't cooperate, there isn't much you can do about it.

We had an unusually cool spring, barely reaching 70ish by the middle of June. Then, while we were on vacation, the temps shot up to 100 degrees! We usually only get a few days of that in August, only very rarely in June. I don't know if it was the huge increase in temps that pushed the broccoli to do its thing.

I see a couple of more small florets forming on the plant I just harvested and I will pick those in a few days.

I think I will be starting these from see though next year, as they were pretty pricy from transplants given the small yield.

I do have some cauliflower growing in the next bed that hasn't done a thing.

HouseofWool

Posts : 107
Join date : 2010-06-09
Location : SE Wisconsin

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Hurry up broccoli...

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 7/3/2011, 6:39 pm

I don't think you'll hear much arguing if you take the "gardening is a crapshoot" angle. Weather, pests, fungi, etc all aim to take you down. Sometimes Mother Nature wins, sometimes you do. One thing is for sure.....nothing goes according to plan in any given year.

That's why I like it. Things always change. Very little chance for me to get bored with things.

BackyardBirdGardner

Male Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-25
Age : 43
Location : St. Louis, MO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Hurry up broccoli...

Post  Sponsored content Today at 6:23 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum