Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:52
I have grown my own brocolli successfully for several years now and always sow them in the greenhouse or conservatory rfrom seed. The most important thing I have found is digging in autumn or early winter and then pulling any weeds out by hand in spring before planting so as not to destroy the ground and to keep the firmness there. When I plant them they go in deep into a small hole and the soil is punched into place around the stems (sounds brutal but provided the little plants or not broken all will be ok). This is to keep them in firm soil. Apparently they don't like air around their roots and hence my digging/composting is done in autumn. I will see if I can get the calabrese marathon but so far every time I have looked for brocolli seeds, the GC's have been out of stock. I wonder why
I have some lettuces that are ready to plant out and more to follow later and I have to admit I am dreading putting them in the groung because of the slugs and snails this year. They are becoming quite athletic munchers and have been climbing my runner bean poles. Even hydrangeas have been eaten, leaves and flowers too! Will be sowing more beetroot, carrots and trying some more cabbages. I only grow summer cauli's as I think the winter ones are in the ground too long and take up too much space for little reward. So far my cauli's are large golfball size and looking as if they too are going to bolt. Oh dear. Perhaps I will have to buy frozen brocolli too.