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It’s Not Too Late!

Ok, all you procrastinators…there’s still time to get in a few veggies for your winter garden. Some veggies thrive on the cooler weather, and in fact, taste better if they have cooler temperatures. Among these are peas of all varieties, beans, and the cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, rutabagas, collards, and Brussels sprouts.

Every […]

Why Raised Beds?

Imagine a garden full of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, corn, beans, peas, broccoli, cabbage, greens, gourmet lettuces, radishes, carrots, onions, potatoes and herbs, growing in your yard in as little as 64 square feet. Utilizing a modified version of Mel Bartholemew’s Square Foot Gardening principles, we will explore an almost work free garden (once you […]

Recipe – Diane’s Grape Salad

My friend Diane facebooked me and told me she was taking my Cranberry Orange Sauce with Walnuts and Grape Salad to her son’s tomorrow. I’d never heard of grape salad. When I learned it had broccoli in it, I had to get the recipe. Sounds deeeeeelish! Thanks, Didy!

Grape Salad

1 Cup broccoli florets […]

The Cruciferous Bed

The Cabbage Patch

The Brassica family (also called cruciferous or Cole family) includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Napa cabbage, bok choy, collards, rutabagas, and turnips. They all grow well together and should not be grown with the nightshades like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. They should all be planted one per square foot. […]

Northern Gardeners: Start Your Planting!

It’s Monday. A new week begins. For those of you in the Midwest, Eastern US and other Zones 6 – 8 areas, now’s the time to get over to the local nurseries to see what plants they have. Don’t just look for flowers for the yard. Delve into the vegetable section and see what healthy […]

The End of the Broccoli

Do you see those yellow flowers at the top right of this picture? Those are broccoli flowers! I think I could have harvested broccoli forever, but frankly, I got sick of it so I let the plants bolt (by not picking the florets any more.) See how tall the broccoli […]

The Effects of the Cold

I’ve been talking with quite a few south Florida gardeners lately and we’ve all come to the same conclusion: the long cold winter really stunted a lot of our crops. My basil never got nice and tall like it usually does, and although it’s still growing, I don’t have the abundance of basil that […]

The Harvest Continues

I harvested more broccoli again today. The seven plants have produced so much that I’m getting really tired of broccoli. As long as I keep picking off the florets, the plants will keep producing. I picked enough yesterday for two meals for us. The good thing is that because it’s fresh, it’ll […]

Broccoli, Broccoli, and More Broccoli – Again!

I wrote before how broccoli plants keep producing for weeks, and here’s what the plants look like during their third or fourth production of broccoli. As you can see on the left, the heads take on a fractal formation, very geometric in some and in others some very logarithmic spirals emerge. They look weird, but […]

The Continuing Harvest

These broccoli plants are still producing florets. I have to admit that I’m getting a little sick of broccoli. These plants are prolific, too. I picked them clean a few days ago, and there are probably a quart’s worth of florets on these three plants alone. My cabbage patch broccoli is also still […]