Growing Broccoli Calabrese
5 Easy Steps to Success!
You won’t need to buy broccoli in the supermarket anymore!
Succession sow in modules each month from March to June to give a long harvest period.
Choose a site or pot with moist but well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. Make sure not to plant them where other brassicas (e.g. cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, turnips, kale, kohlrabi) have grown in the last 3-4 years to avoid disease.
Space plants about 1 per square foot, or 15cm apart in rows about 30cm apart for the best yield.
Keep soil moist to avoid roots drying out. Mulch if possible to keep moist and weed free.
Keep an eye out for pests, weeds & disease & use natural methods to treat or prevent.
Harvest 3-4 months after sowing. Check every few days as the ‘head’ you are harvesting is actually flower buds – leave it too long and you’ll have flowers instead of broccoli on your plate!
Cut the centre head when it measures about 10cm across. Side shoots will then appear, which you can keep harvesting for another month or so.
Tastes great cooked or raw. You can also cook the leaves which have a similar flavour to kale!