Broccoli is a sun-loving, cool-season crop that is best grown in the spring or fall. Here’s how to grow broccoli in your garden.
Broccoli is rich in vitamins and minerals, and is a good source of Vitamin A, potassium, folic acid, iron, and fiber. Because of this, broccoli has been dubbed the “crown jewel of nutrition.”
Did you know that broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, collard greens, kohlrabi, rutabaga, turnips, and brussels sprouts all come from the same species of plant? These popular vegetables are all cultivars (cultivated varieties) of “wild cabbage,” Brassica oleracea. This versatile species has been bred over generations and generations to produce cultivars that emphasize different aspects of the plant: the root (turnips, rutabaga), the leaves (cabbage, kale), or the flower (broccoli, cauliflower).
With broccoli, you may even be able to get a continual harvest throughout the summer and fall if you practice succession gardening and if you live in an area where the summer doesn’t get excessively hot. Even without successive plantings, once you harvest the main head of a broccoli plant, it will often keep producing smaller side shoots that can be enjoyed for months to come.