How To Grow Broccoli
Protect the broccoli plants from cabbage white butterflies and pigeons with
I love growing purple sprouting broccoli. It is very easy to grow and it has a much more delicate taste than ordinary broccoli. Also, if you are buying it in the supermarket, it is very expensive so I always like to grow things which are quite expensive to buy. It has a much longer cropping period than an ordinary broccoli. It will produce more florets over several weeks. You can grow purple sprouting broccoli from seed but it takes a long time and you have to be very patient. So, I buy mine, ready-grown from the garden center. Broccoli is a member of the Brassica family and like all Brassicas, it prefers a firm planting bed. Prepare the ground early for your broccoli plants. Add loads of manure and also add some lime; this helps prevent club root which is one of the main diseases that effects Brassica plants. Rake in a little bit of fish blood or bone meal or any general purpose fertilizer, then flatten the ground with the back of the spade to create that firm bed that all these Brassicas really love. Plant the young plants about a foot or more apart. They need quite a lot of space. Firm the plants in well with the heel of your boot and then give them plenty of water. Cabbage White Butterflies absolutely love Brassicas and they will come and lay their eggs on the leaves and then the caterpillars will destroy the crop. Protect the plants from the Cabbage White Butterflies using a fine netting. Another predator of Brassicas is pigeons. They absolutely love them. And I found things like bird scarecrows and bits of video tape really do not work very well. I surround the entire crop with netting attached to canes to keep the pigeons completely out of the area. Your sprouting broccoli is ready to for picking when the florets are the size of your little finger. The most important thing is to keep harvesting it. The more you pick it, the more it will flower and therefore, the larger your crop. Mulch around the crops with some well watered compost as this will preserve moisture and give the plants a little bit of a feed. Keep them weeded even during the winter. If you give them a handful of sulfates of ammonia in and around about the spring, they will really take off. So, have fun growing and eating your purple sprouting broccoli. Learn how to grow purple sprouting broccoli. This amazing variety keeps sprouting all season, giving you a nice big yield of yummy, tender broccoli. This variety of broccoli is expensive to buy in the stores so you should really grow some in your backyard to save some coin!.