Brassicas for Early Spring Planting: Staggered plantings of broccoli?

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Brassicas for Early Spring Planting

By abhege
January 30, 2015

As we start planning our spring vegetable gardens, one of the first crops we plant may include members of the brassica family, such as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 30, 2015 9:09 AM CST
Arlene, I thought it might be a good idea to mention continuous planting of broccoli, which sure does not hold in the garden for me.

I made the mistake the first year I grew it of planting 9 transplants on the same day. Did not realize that this would mean 9 beautiful heads of broccoli all ready to use (and must be picked! or they go to flower) in the same week, a couple of months later. My neighbors were very happy.

Now I plant 4 plants, then wait a few weeks and plant 4 more, through the fall and winter here. I still have a head or two to give away. Being as I live in Florida, it can get warm any time so once there is a nice head it's critical to pick it or a few warm days will send it along to flowering immediately. I'm sure this is true in other places as springtime progresses, too.
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CarolineScott
Jan 30, 2015 9:58 AM CST
Some seed companies sell blends of different varieties of broccolli or other veges.
Then there will be seeds for early, midseason and late varieties.
That spreads the harvest over time, and also saves buying several packages of seeds.
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abhege
Jan 30, 2015 11:43 AM CST
Good point! My experience is, I grow several varieties so they are staggered maturity times. Also, I should have mentioned that I also plant for market so i can have 9 heads all at once. Hilarious!

labellac
Jan 31, 2015 12:19 PM CST
Hi, Am I able to use a container for planting cauliflower and broccoli?
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abhege
Jan 31, 2015 6:47 PM CST
Sure you can, but it will probably have to be like a five gallon bucket or similar. Somewhere someone posted how they container garden and I believe @newyorkrita also plants them in containers.
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Newyorkrita
Jan 31, 2015 6:48 PM CST
abhege said:Sure you can, but it will probably have to be like a five gallon bucket or similar. Somewhere someone posted how they container garden and I believe @newyorkrita also plants them in containers.


I do garden in containers but found growing some veggies worked out better than others. Broccoli not one I want to grow in containers.
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 3, 2015 4:29 PM CST
I do grow great broccoli in my Earth Boxes but they are large deep containers at least 10 gallons. Also have a large water reservoir on an automatic watering system making it easy to keep up with the demand as the weather heats up.
Elaine

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Newyorkrita
Feb 3, 2015 6:24 PM CST
I don't have any of those. My containers are just regular pots on various sizes. Some are really big but not all are so large.

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