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Growing Broccoli Calabrese

5  Easy Steps to Success!


Sow: May-June

Plant: April-July

Harvest: July-October


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!  

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