Broccoli can be planted in early spring; it’s considered a cold weather vegetable. It can also be planted for a fall harvest. Plants can either be started indoors several weeks before planting time, or seeds can be sown directly. Broccoli planted in the spring is typically ready for harvest in July. Broccoli plants tend to be large, so adequate space is required. Once the main center head is cut, the plant will continue to produce small heads on surrounding stems. Depending on the variety, hot and/or dry weather will cause the plant to flower. Heads, even if they are small, should be cut before that occurs unless plants are being used to create and collect seeds.

For a complete planting guide, here’s a great resource: Margaret Roach’s Planting Guide

©, December 15, 2017

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