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Harvest Monday: Purple Sprouting Broccoli

March 25, 2013

It’s spring by the calendar and spring in my garden. 

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This is why I love the winter garden…

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Here’s one of my three purple sprouting broccoli plants a week ago.

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And here’s how it looked yesterday just before harvest. You can see the cut head in the basket image above. Interestingly, all of the plant is edible–leaves, stems and sprouts.

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More purple sprouts form below the central head. Purple sprouting broccoli is an over-wintering variety. You can read more about it on my blog post from last March. See more images here.

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One of the purple sprouting broccoli plant is four feet across, but has not produced a head yet.

This year I planted each of the three plants in 15 gallon pots and gave the other three away. My raised bed for brassicas couldn’t contain six of them last year.

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Did I mention I’m enchanted by purple and broccoli?

Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne’s Dandelions. It’s a time to share what you’re harvesting in your garden or how you’re storing or using it.

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