Broccoli

Growing advice and tips from Marshalls Seeds
Broccoli takes some beating and comes at a welcome time of year. Simply steam or lightly boil the spears for a delicious treat. Most children who do not like greens enjoy broccoli.

Sowing Indoors
Almost fill a seed tray with moist seed compost. Sow seeds thinly over the surface, and lightly cover them with a little more compost. Place in warmth 10-15C (50-60F), and keep moist. When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings 5cm (2in) apart to trays of potting compost. Gradually accustom them to conditions outside for 2-3 weeks before planting out to their cropping positions 45cm (18in) apart from late spring onwards. Water plants generously in dry weather.

Sowing Outdoors
Sow seeds thinly in a shallow, short, pre-watered row. Lightly cover them with a little soil. Keep soil moist until seedlings are established.

Transplanting
When the seedlings have produced about four true leaves, transplant them to their cropping positions, allowing about 45cm (18in) each way between plants. Firm in, and keep well watered in dry spells.

Special Notes / Harvest
Cut shoots when they are about 15cm (6in) long.