Broccoli is a Super Food!

You know how your mom always told you when you were a kid that you should eat your broccoli because it’s good for you? Turns out, she was absolutely right.

“You’re not leaving the table until you eat your Broccoli…”

Those bushy green veggies are full of dietary fiber, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and more. You may be surprised to learn that an ounce of broccoli contains as much calcium as an ounce of milk. It’s also low in calories.

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It grows in cooler weather, so if you plan it right, you can have two harvests, one in the spring and a second in the fall.

Broccoli NEEDS a Great Growing Medium!

It needs full sun and moist soil to grow. We recommend that you use BigYellowBag Black Garden Soil. The light and fluffy properties of the soil make it a fantastic growing medium. BigYellowBag Black Garden Soil is made up of a mix of black loam, peat loam, compost and manure. Loam is a soil type comprised of sand, silt and clay in the right ratios so that there is a perfect balance of drainage and moisture retention. The soil is also packed with essential nutrients and organic matter broccoli needs to grow healthy and strong.

You can either grow broccoli from seeds, or you can buy transplants. Either way, you should plant the broccoli about ½ an inch deep, and a foot or two apart. Your rows should be about three feet apart.

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You need to water your broccoli regularly, but don’t get the developing heads wet while you’re doing it. Also, the roots are very shallow, so don’t weed, but use mulch instead.

It’s time to harvest your broccoli when the top is firm and the buds are still tight. If it’s starting to develop yellow flowers, you need to harvest it immediately. Harvest by cutting the head off on a slant, taking about six inches of the stem.

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There are lots of ways to eat your bounty. You can have it raw, sautéed, boiled, baked, grilled… put it on top of your baked potatoes, make it into soup, bake it in a quiche, or freeze it to use later.

It’s nutritious and delicious!

Cameron Shimoda

Garden and Soil Enthusiast