Among all vegetables that can be grown relatively easy in your home garden, growing broccoli is the best choice. The purple and green color florets may make Broccoli appear like cauliflower but it is far from being one and belongs to the family of cabbage. Many people have taken to eating Broccoli because it is widely believed to have qualities that can help fight cancer.
Like any other vegetable, there are few important points to note if you are thinking of growing broccoli in your garden.
• The number requirement is the right temperature. Growing broccoli can be easy and beneficial if the temperature is between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideally, Broccoli must be planted about three weeks prior to the final frost date. Alternatively, early fall too is just fine as this will result the harvest around spring. One needs to be extremely careful about the planting process as right temperature can yield right results.
• One of the essential key to growing broccoli is to use dried animal blood which is also known as blood meal. This comes in the form of powder and needs to be added to the soil. This helps in breaking the bacteria and releasing nitrogen in the soil which in turn makes the soil more fertile for growing broccoli. Perhaps, adding readily available organic fertilizers a couple of weeks prior to planting. Try a layer of compost too.
• Pests are always a concern when growing vegetables and it isn’t too different in case of growing broccoli. Caterpillars and worms are popular pests that can cause damage. Using floating row covers is a good idea to keep these pests away as the covers can be used as blanket for the entire patch. The row covers are light weight too and can be easily removed. The best part about these covers is it lets the rain (water) and sunlight come through and keeps the pests away.
• Growing broccoli requires you to know the soil well. Any soil with pH range of more than 6.2 and less than 7.2 is considered ideal. As long as this pH level is right, the broccoli harvest will be large and clean. Of course, besides the pH level, the soil also must be hummus-rich.
Broccoli is among the world’s best vegetable that helps build body immune power and nothing like growing broccoli in your own backyard
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