Welcome to Texas AgriLife Extension Service’s Easy Gardening vegetable videos. Today we’ll be looking closely at broccoli from soil preparation, to planting through harvest.
Broccoli does best in full sunlight when grown in sandy soils with lots of organic matter.
Pull the soil into ridges 12 inches wide, 6 to 8 inches high, and 36 inches apart (center to center). This is necessary for good drainage.
Broccoli needs 18 to 24 inches between plants and 36 inches between rows. Broccoli spaced too closely will have small heads and fewer side sprouts.
Cut center heads when the very first flower shows the slightest yellow color. Cut them off at 6 to 7 inches below the flower heads. The small, tender leaves are also edible and nutritious.
Leave side sprouts for later harvest.
Store harvested broccoli in the cold drawer of the refrigerator.
Happy eating from Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Junior Master Gardener program.