[Market-farming] CSA Broccoli Question

John Ferree john at seldomseenfarm.com
Tue Jun 16 05:28:13 EDT 2009


did you plant an early or midseason variety?  the early ones tend to
bolt much more quickly. . . we trialed blue wind last year and it was a
loss.  the mid season tend to hold up better in the spring, imho.  were
you on plastic (black or white) or bare ground?

john

Allan Balliett wrote:
> The county extension agent once told me that only a fool trys to grow 
> broccoli or cauliflower in the mid-Atlantic in the spring. I don't 
> doubt that he is wrong.
>
> I didnt' check on my several thousand plants for a couple of days and 
> when I did...ouch! Rows of sprays of yellow flowers and just a few 
> moderate sized tight heads.
>
> It's early in the season and, assuming it is too late and too hot to 
> hope for cut-and-come-again side shoots,  I hate to just pull the 
> whole planting and pitch it.
>
> I remember that many people like the whole brocolli plant to slice 
> and stir fry. I'm also wondering about blender brocolli soups
>
> Any ideas?
>
> Thanks - Allan in WV
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