Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 18th August 2017.
Waltham broccoli produces a firm tasty head followed by smaller
floret side shoots extending harvest beyond a month, and Romanesco broccoli produces a large spiraling cone shaped lime greenhead.
Broccoli is a healthy vegetable containing lots of dietary fibre, minerals and vitamins.
don't grow many in our garden as its a seasonal vegetable and occupies a
lot of limited Ecobed space. Normally I would grow just 2 Waltham and 2
Romanesco each year.
I have frozen surplus broccoli in the past, but we prefer it fresh and steamed for 10 minutes with a nice dressing of a herb and vegetable based sauce.
food is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
It is a good
source of protein, vitamin E (alpha tocopherol), thiamin, riboflavin,
pantothenic acid, calcium, Iron, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium, and
a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K,
vitamin B6, folate, potassium and manganese
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Sow Broccoli seeds an EcoPropagator and when
the seedlings are big enough, plant them in their jiffy pots into the prepared bed at 750mm centres along rows 500mm apart.
Expose a small area of soil by pushing the mulch out of the way and burying thepots deeply covering most of the plant's stem to maximise its stability in high winds.
Water in generously and return the mulch so that all the soil is covered.
Harvesting and Storage.
Harvest broccoli from June onwards.
Waltham broccoli produces a large firm head, which should be harvested before it starts to flower.
the broccoli to continue growing and it will reward you with a
succession of edible side shoots. Harvest them regularly before they
flower and they will continue to produce for several months in a warm
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below