July 28th, 2011

Super-Sized Broccoli

johnlewisI just picked my biggest broccoli ever—a ‘Green Goliath’. I’ve never grown that variety before. The head is over 9 inches across. I’m not sure what it weighs since I don’t have a scale, but it’s huge.

This is a great year for broccoli in the Northeast. They are all producing well and the cabbage looks excellent also. Even the ‘Apollo’ broccoli we trialed last year has been good. Last year I got tiny little heads and no side shoots. This year I got decent sized heads and some nice side-shoot production. We have been getting regular rainfall this year; last year we got very little rain in June and July.

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By the way, that’s Chloe, the gardening dog, in the photo. She loves carrots, radishes, and the occasional green bean. She only sniffs broccoli.  —John Lewis, Newport, Rhode Island

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    Hi John,
    I am new to organic gardening, so I still have lots to learn. What a beautiful head of broccoli, never seen one that huge…hopes it tastes as good as it looks. I will grow some next year. My Beagle Daisy is a vegetable hound too, trouble is she wants to dig em up before maturity, go figure..
    thanks for the info,
    Pete

    Wow that is one huge broccoli, my daughter would go crazy if she grew one that size. How do you get them so healthy looking, did you use sprays or chemical fertilizers in the growing process. We try to keep everything organic but broccoli is a tough one.

    Jeff:

    No sprays or chemicals. The only problems I have with broccoli are the occasional cabbage worm which I usually pick off and aphids in the fall which get insecticidal soap. Haven’t had many pest problems so far this year.

    A friend’s Doberman puppy was teethed on big heads of broccoli. Healthy and saved the furniture, but made quite a mess.

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