Broccoli is a very popular crop, due to its health benefits, and delicious taste. It is fast and easy to grow, and is usually harvested in summer or autumn. By growing broccoli, you will gain a little self satisfactory, and won’t need to spend money buying supermarket broccoli. In this article, we will share the best way how to grow broccoli, the nutrients, and health benefits gained from eating them.
There are many varieties to grow, but here are some recommended to grow in your garden- ‘Belstar’, ‘Waltham 29’, ‘green magic’, ‘purple sprouting’, and ‘romanesco.
How To Grow Broccoli
Broccoli is a cool-season crop. Grow broccoli so that it comes to harvest when temperatures average no more than 23°C. Broccoli is generally sown between March and June. To grow an early crop sow broccoli seed indoors 5-6 weeks before the last frost in spring. Move the plant outdoors after 4-6 weeks. If you want a winter crop, sow directly outdoors in mid-late summer. Broccoli can be harvested 100-150 days after planting from seed.
Grow your broccoli in slightly acidic, well-drained, fertile compost with a pH between 6.0-6.8. Broccoli thrives where air temperature ranges from 7-23°C, but can tolerate temperatures as low as -6°C. Sow your seed 2cm deep, and 45cm apart in rows in the ground or in garden beds. Broccoli can also be grown in containers sow 2cm deep in an 8-inch diameter container/pot.
Water regularly in the growing season, try to keep the soil moist. start to decrease watering as it approaches maturity. Fertiliser is optional, but if you want the best results, add a high nitrogen fertiliser to the soil.
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Broccoli provides a little bit of almost every nutrient you need. It contains vitamins- C, K-1, and B-9. Minerals Potassium, magnesium, and iron, broccoli also contains numerous other vitamins and minerals, just in smaller amounts. They also contain beneficial plant compounds e.g. sulforaphane, indole-3-carbinol, carotenoids, kaempferol, and quercetin.
Brocolli is loaded with compounds that are believed to protect from cancer. In addition broccoli helps lower cholesterol levels, and may improve eye health.
How To Add To Your Diet
Broccoli is a perfect side vegetable, can be added to many meals. Add broccoli to soup, healthy vegetable smoothies, stews, stir-fry, rice, meat, pasta. Steam them, boil them, roast them, try cheesy broccoli, add to greens salad, try with curry. It’s not hard to add broccoli to your diet, you just have to be a bit creative, and be willing to try it with new things. In the long run, you don’t understand how broccoli will benefit your health.