We harvested our second cutting of broccoli today. It was not impressive. 2 years ago I won a free package of Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli seed and planted them last year with practically no harvest. This year I replanted those same seed not realizing they were sprouting broccoli. Normally in years past we had planted the old fashioned broccoli that make a large single head and then smaller side shoots after that. The above bowl was today's harvest.
This was my average cutting every few days two years ago before the sprouting broccoli.
I guess the lesson in this instance is to always read the package carefully especially on free or new seeds that you are not familiar with.
On the package it says that it makes a 5 to 8 inch main head. No way is this head that big, maybe 2 inches if we are lucky. It does make a nice big healthy plant. Too bad you can't eat that!
It does produce a few side shoots but not enough to make up for the lack of a large main head. For the space it takes in the garden for us it is just not a large enough producer. We have De Cicco broccoli in the next row. We are hoping this variety makes up for the loss of crop.
Needless to say that is 2 years now that this variety has not produced well for us therefore we will not be planting it again. Anyone else out there have trouble with the Calabrese variety of broccoli?I am going to sprout the remaining seeds and give to the chickens !!
I have learned a lesson, something about looking a gift horse in the mouth: )
So as not to seem such a negative Nelly we are at least getting a few small sprouts to throw in salads and stir fries...
I will be planting some broccoli this fall to make up for the failed spring crop.
For those of you that are new gardeners...See even us long time gardeners screw up...and I might add a little too often for comfort.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter