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Transplanting the Broccoli Seedlings

October 10, 2013

The first rain of the season came yesterday. Probably not more than one-quarter inch, but perfect for transplanting the broccoli since I had the day off. Check out my previous posts on growing broccoli from seed here and here.

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I planted the broccoli 15 inches apart. Twelve seemed a little too close last year. I used the triangle template to arrange the plants. The small stones mark where the plants go.

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Plants are in place, laying down because of the wind and ready to be planted. I planted the broccoli to the depth of the lowest set of leaves with a handful of compost and a pinch of organic, vegetable fertilizer in each hole. Some less than perfect lower leaves had been removed. 

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The broccoli grew well in the four inch pots but they could have been transplanted 7-10 days ago. They developed sturdy stems. Despite my precautions, I did have some damage from cabbage moth worms.

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And here they are, 18 broccoli plants in my 4x8 foot bed ready to take off growing. After the photo I put hoops in place and laid bird netting over all. I’ll spray with BT over the weekend because of the cabbage worms.

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I’ll be watching for these.

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