Like any vegetable, broccoli is full of healthy nutrients and vitamins. Plus, it’s super tasty, so even the pickiest eaters won’t be able to get enough of it. While most of us run to the local grocery store to pick up our broccoli, you can also grow it in your backyard. It’s simple too! Just follow these steps below:
Step 1: Prepare the area. Before you start planting your broccoli seeds, it’s crucial that the soil is suitable for your needs, or else you won’t receive results. The soil’s pH should be anywhere from 6.0 to 7.0, so check the level first to make sure that it falls between that range. If it doesn’t, you can always add different nutrients to adjust the acidity. Besides having the right pH level, the soil should drain well and be very fertile.
Step 2: Sow your seeds. In a spot with full sun, begin digging 1/2 inch deep holes in rows that are about three to six inches apart. Then, place a couple of seeds in each hole and cover it up with soil. You may need to use a rake to smooth over the soil, but do not disrupt the seeds themselves. Once you’re done sowing the seeds, water the area thoroughly, soaking the soil. Also, add an organic mulch composed of mature compost, leaves or bark on top to keep the soil cool.
Step 3: Trim your seedlings. As your seedlings reach one-inch tall, you’ll need to thin them out so that they have enough room to spread out and continue to grow. To do this, remove every other plant, keeping the ones that look the healthiest.
Step 4: Care for your garden. Every week, give your plants between 1 and 1 1/2 inches of water. If you happen to live in a hot or dry location, of course increase that amount. You should also fertilizer your plants with a nitrogen-rich mix roughly three weeks after planting or when new leaves start forming. Don’t turn the soil, though, since broccoli plants have shallow roots. It could end up damaging your plants.
Step 5: Harvest your plants. When you notice that the buds are dark green and are tightly closed, it’s time to harvest your broccoli crowns. Grab a pair of garden shears and cut the crown where it meets the stem. It’s that easy to grow this traditional veggie!
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