I wanted to show you the small patch of broccoli that I grew this year.
In previous years, I've grown broccoli...but started in the winter months, late winter and grew the broccoli during the spring and was finished by the time the heat set in here in Texas.
This photo the broccoli are leaning a bit...I took this after a rain storm and the wind...tilted my broccoli! I fairly certain I should plant a little deeper next time.
This year however, I didn't get my broccoli in the ground until the Spring; and while we had a nice cool, rainy spring... we did have some warm days and the broccoli began bolt.
If you're unfamiliar with what bolting is, plain and simple--- it begins flowering and using the energy it has to make seeds for the next generation of plants.
All broccoli is, when you buy it in the produce stands are flower heads without the blooms. Now, typically when I'm growing broccoli I leave it alone after the the first few cuttings and the plant makes off shoots of broccoli. I'm able to cut those and eat them.
This year, due to the heat, I just didn't get that many heads of broccoli.
Never fear. I learned this year that while you're out in your garden harvest veggies for a salad; go ahead and pinch off a few of these flowers and throw them in the salad too! Or... just pinch them off and eat them!
They taste just like broccoli!
Once the flowers are gone...the plant puts off seed pods
You just never know with that girl!!! :)
I'm getting ready to harvest these broccoli seeds. I'll be saving them for the fall!
I found a way to do this, I'm hoping to give it a try.
You just place a paper sack over the seed pods tie it off with a string or rubber band, once dried you just cut it loose and give it a shake...the seeds fall right into the bag!
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