[Homestead] Broccoli and potato question
waltonrp at gmail.com
Wed Apr 30 11:40:34 EDT 2008
I'm east of you in VA. I've had cut worm eat off bigger than that, so
if they are a problem, I'd err on the side of caution.
Lots of rotted manure or compost for the broccoli or a little fresh
manure. In a few weeks when it's warmer I mulch arounf them with straw
or soiled hay to keep the soil moist and cooler.
I find that garlic growing amongst them helps with the bugs. Just
plant a clove between the plants.
Rob - Va
On 4/30/08, Lisa K.V. Perry <lisakvperry at gmail.com> wrote:
> I cheated and bought broccoli plants to transplant. The year that I grew
> broccoli from seed a few years back it was a miserable failure and I've
> finally got the nerve to try broccoli again.
> I want to give the broccoli plants a good start. I know they need collars
> (toilet paper tubes cut up?) to avoid cut worms. These plants are a good 6
> or 7" tall and the stems are half the diameter of a pencil. Do they still
> need collars at this size? Soil amendments?
> Also, the information I read about potatoes said to put some pine needles in
> the ditch w/ the potatoes. We have those around, do you guys do this?
> Thank you.
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