For some reason, it may be the heat or humidity but lots of people tell me that broccoli does not do very well down here in the deep south. Any ideas or suggestions for growing broccoli and having a nice successful crop?
Ahhh Broccoli, one of the fine aristocrats of the cabbage family. Native to the Mediterranean area and Asia Minor, it was introduced to England during the 1700s as Italian asparagus.
Provide broccoli plants with plenty of water and side-dress with fertilizer about three weeks after planting. It is essential that you keep the plants weed free as they dont compete well for their nutrients. They do respond well to straw mulches.
Broccoli is susceptible to a wide variety of pest problems, specifically cabbage worms and cabbage looper. Spray broccoli to keep the larvae out of the heads. A non chemical option is to soak untreated florets in salt water, this will remove all but the smaller worms. Another non chemical option is to raise plants under a landscaping or gardening cloth. It is placed over the plant to prevent egg laying on the leaf surface. Make sure the material is real thin as to allow 90+ percent of the available sunlight through.
It is also susceptible to a number of diseases. Black rot, club root, downy mildew and alternaria leaf spot to name a few. These are fungal diseases except for black rot, which is bacterial. Careful selection of cultivars and plants, spacing and careful cultural methods help delay their occurence.
Harvest broccoli before the flowers open while the floret is still in a tight head. If the flowers open, it's to late. When the terminal head of the broccoli is remove, additional smaller heads will form as side shoot growth, increasing yields. So don't remove the plants after removing the large head.
Argee took the words right out of my mouth. Yea, right. Anyway, I don't have too much trouble with Broccoli. It likes sun, ammonium nitrate, and water. I work and sidedress them with ammonium nitrate about every 2 weeks.
Side dressed and worked with my little crop garden today. The cabbage, lettuce and broccoli are all doing really well. I am hoping that they will continue to grow in such fine fashion! YUMMY YUMMY! How about Cajun Cabbage & Brisket with side of broccoli and lettuce salad? Or Cream of Broccoli soup with a oriental wrap made from cabbage roll and lettuce?
I personally don't eat Broccoli, but my wife does. I cropped a big mess of mustard yesterday and we had mustard and cornbread for supper along with some fried porkchops. My cabbage should start to head now. We need some rain on it too. I sowed my mustard and turnip too thick, but I am going to leave them that way. If you want some mustard Ken, you're close enough to come get some any time you want to.
Yeah, just point me in the right direction and I will come over at night and cut down your whole crop. --- Just kidding. :ride:
I like mustard greens but I have to say most of the rest of my family doesn't --- you have cabbage already? I guess I am just late. I hope this rain today will help.
No, I don't want a strawberry anywhere around me. I grew up on 30 acres of them when raising them was a 13 month out of a years job and you really had to straw them. I didn't know what the front end of a mule looked like till I was grown. When I was almost grown enough to leave home, my Dad bought a Super A and made it easier. ( on him, I still used the mule ) After I left they started using plastic instead of straw. A few years ago my wife talked me into planting a row, about 100 plants, and every time they started to ripen, the birds would get them, so I said that if my wife can't get them, neither can you, and plowed them up. That ended my strawberry career. I still have ny Dad's Super A though.
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