Tips On Growing Broccoli

Posted on 23rd January 2012 in Gardening

One of the most popular garden plants that can be grown is broccoli. It is a nutritious and easy to grow vegetable and it is always taste better when home grown. The following article will give you some basic information about broccoli, tips on how to grow it and a short list of pests and diseases that you should protect it from.

Broccoli grows best in a sunny area. In the cold months of the year the sun can be minimal, but it’s enough to keep the broccoli plants happy.

If you live in colder temperate areas, that is good news because you can grow broccoli for about 8 months a year. It makes a lot of broccoli. You can plant the first patch from about the middle of summer, and place consecutive harvests at intervals of 6-8 weeks. This can be done until last month in the winter. This is fairly normal with broccoli.

Prepare the ground for 2 weeks before planting. Choose fresh young seedlings at the supplier. If you are too old, or were in a round basket for too long, they will be much slower growing. After planting, you must spread some fertilizer around the plant.

There are some things to watch out for with broccoli. Like all leafy vegetables, broccoli can attract caterpillar and, snails. To prevent attacks from caterpillars, you can use Dipel a popular biological toxin which is gradually replacing chemical insecticides. As for the snails, you want to use poison pellets, and then hide them around the garden. The snails are usually collected under pieces of wood, pots, boxes and under or between large leafy plants. Rob their hiding place and will be able to keep their numbers down. Other pests are aphids, but can be controlled by dusting plants with some fine chili powder. Otherwise, you can use oil-based sprays in your garden, which is virtually harmless to people and animals. I hope this article has taught you how to grow broccoli sprouts. Check out more by clicking here.

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