Mmm Broccoli!

I’ve been a little off schedule this year due to illness (curse you cold viruses!) but I managed to get my spring crop of DeCicco Broccoli planted earlier this week.

DeCicco Broccoli is an Italian heirloom broccoli, introduced to American gardeners in the 1890s. They are organic, compact with heads that grow 4 inches. They grow well in most regions of the United States.

Seed Savers Exchange, where I purchased the seeds, recommends this variety for:

  • fresh eating
  • steaming
  • boiling
  • baking
  • soup
  • freezing

In other words, it’s uses are pretty diverse.

I used a marked wooden kebob stick to help measure the proper depth for sowing the seeds, which is 1/4 of an inch. The seeds will take 3 to 10 days to germinate and I can transfer them outside in roughly 6 weeks. They are mature in 48 to 85 days from transplanting.


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