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Ten Week Favorite Vegetables To Grow

| 1/1/2013 5:40:18 PM

We are happy to bring you a ten week series of our favorite vegetables that we grow here at Itzy Bitzy Farm.

The first of Top Ten Veggies is Broccoli. 

Broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat and grow.

Broccoli is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin E Thiamin, Riboflavin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Selenium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese. With only 28 calories in one half cup of cooked broccoli and 30 calories with raw, broccoli is a great veggie to enjoy if you are trying to cut down on caloric intake. 
 Broccoli Seedlings Being Hardened Off

Broccoli is a cold weather crop, which means it grows well in early Spring and late Fall. We start our broccoli seed in our greenhouse in January and keep it in the greenhouse for eight weeks with one week of hardening off before transplanting into the garden around late March - early April. With this early start your plants will harvest-able heads by June, depending on the variety you are growing. 

Our favorite varieties of broccoli are Waltham 29 (Heirloom), Di Cicco (Heirloom), Calabrese (Heirloom). We have grown all of these varieties and each has done very well for us.
 DiCicco Broccoli 

Jan Polletta
1/30/2013 4:06:12 PM

Hey Susan ! Love Broccoli also. Comment on the Row Cover. I covered my Broccoli - Cali flower - Cabbages - Lettuce - From Day One. They all are doing wonderful. On to second harvest for some. I truly believe it was due to me covering them All from the get go. I have raised box's - made pvc frames which I then added the row cover. Made for easy taking on and off when tending to the plants.. There is absolutely nothing better than Fresh produce. Once someone has tasted garden Fresh - they don't even want the grocery store ! Happy Gardening ! . . . . ;-)

1/5/2013 3:16:46 AM

Susan, my grandson would be right their with you. He loves his broccoli. I just haven't really had any luck with growing it. The plants don't do well and the heads never form. I'm going to try again this year because the way my grandson eats broccoli, it would be a great cost saving to be able to grow it for him. From your information these are very slow germinating seeds. Two weeks of anticipation is a long time for me to wait without thinking something is wrong. I'll have to be sure to not disturb the nest until I see life coming up through the soil. This is all helpful information to a unsuccessful broccoli grower. Have a great broccoli day.

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