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Broccoli Chronicles

February 16, 2013

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My seedlings sown in early September.

I used broccoli blends from Renee’s Garden and Fedco Seeds. About fifty broccoli plants were moved into four inch pots. What was I thinking? Did I forget I don’t have a half acre? 

I planted the best 25 in early November and gave the rest away. Six cauliflower plants are at the far end of the bed and now sweet peas climb the trellis.

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Broccoli transplants are in staggered rows twelve inches apart.

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Some years I inter-plant the broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage with lettuce transplants. See images from my garden that illustrate the French intensive method.

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The broccoli bed on December 1. I credit sunny days, compost and rain.

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The first head of broccoli appears. Photographed on December 18.

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“Broccoli patch” in the late afternoon sun on December 27.

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The first small heads of broccoli harvested 1-13.

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Some later heads were almost 12 inches across.

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More reasons why I like the winter garden.

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