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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ll be watching for these.