This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

yesterday's broccoli harvest

winter broccoli harvest 023 This is from seed I started last August. It grows in my cold frame until late October, then hangs out during the winter - not enough sun to grow. In early March it takes off again. Then gives us a very early harvest.

However, this year I learned what not to do. I should have transplanted it out of the cold frame in April. The frame gets too hot too fast for broccoli and most of the plants buttoned. They made tiny little button heads and I was so mad I pulled them out and composted them. These three heads grew on plants at the edges and gave marginally nice heads. I steamed one of them up for dinner last night and it was tasty.

The broccoli variety I have been growing is called Diplomat. As I was doing some unrelated task it occurred to me why someone would use this name for a broccoli: the big head - of course! Very funny. (except when it buttons.....)

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Blogger zippiknits said...

It all tastes good in a stir fry, leaves, peeled stalks and all.

You are a completely amazing farmer, you know that, don't you? Happy Gardens!

May 30, 2013 2:55 AM

Blogger Mike the Gardener said...

Great job on the broccoli! I really need to start mine sooner. My neighbor starts his indoors about February. Of course he as a bay window that acts like a greenhouse for him and it works very well.

May 31, 2013 10:40 AM


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