Category Archives: Broccoli

Wasp Spray Kills Wasps & Broccoli Seedlings

I have several trays of cabbage and broccoli seedlings on a porch table. We have a red wasp nest in the soffit above the table. A red wasp dive-bombed me so I sprayed toward it, not thinking about my seedlings. A breeze blew some of the insecticide onto the nearest seedlings. Within a few minutes the seedlings shriveled and the nearest were dead. Note: don't spray chemicals ANYWHERE around seedlings. Read more [...]

Some Cabbage Heads, Some Cabbage Bolts

It must be the crazy winters down south.  The temperature variations must throw the cabbage plants off.  This past winter started out with an early frozen blast, then was mild for most of the winter and then ended in another frozen blast. I get my thrills starting my cabbages and broccoli from seed.  Due to lack of garden space, I planted these in the tomato bed after the toms died out for the summer.  Both of these are early cabbages.  I would like to grow late cabbage, but it takes an additional Read more [...]

A Peek Under The Hoop

This is a quick peek under one of my 3 hoop gardens.  This one has broccoli at the front - this is the same broccoli that had the initial problem with downy mildew.  After a few treatments - discussed in a previous post - the plants seem small, but no sign of mildew.  These plants now have tiny heads - hopefully they will grow into big, harvest-able heads. Midway back on the right side, in front of more broccoli, is bok choy.  Then there is broccoli, and spinach behind the broccoli.  On the Read more [...]

What Is The Problem With These Broccoli Leaves?

Some of my broccoli seedlings are developing spots on the leaves.  They are mostly a black spot and gray on the bottom of the leaf.  This problem is affecting the bottom most leaves first and sort of working its way up the plant.  This problem is affecting only some of the beds with broccoli planted in and not other beds. I can't treat the problem until I can correctly diagnosis it. This is the bottom of a broccoli leaf.  The leaf in the top right corner is a basil leaf.  The spots look Read more [...]

Brassica Seedlings

Time to get the broccoli and cabbages started and in the ground.  This is usually a difficult thing for me because it is usually so hot until about the end of September and then it can cool down quickly and I just have a hard time trying to get cole crops started when it is so hot.  This is just something that I have to work on, having the discipline to start seedlings when the charts say to. Today I started planting the largest of my cabbage seedlings.  A few days ago I started planting broccoli Read more [...]

Late Season Bean Planting

After trying to get over the failure of my spring garden, probably due to Dow Agriscience's poison aminopyralid, I have decided to replant some quick growers for the second half of our growing season here in Texas.  This bed is scheduled to have broccoli, cabbage and greens this fall.  However, since these crops won't be planted for at least 6 to 8 weeks, I am going to try to get a quick crop of beans. So far, the beans look OK.  I think that maybe most of the poison aminopyralid may have degraded Read more [...]

My Hoop Garden Is Taking Shape

I have prepared two of my raised beds for hoop gardens. I plan to do this for my 3rd bed that doesn't have a raised cattle panel running down the middle of it. The beds are made out of 16' lengths of 1x6 treated lumber.  The boxes are 5' wide.  I purchased four 20' sections of 3/8" rebar and had one of my sons cut them into 2' sections.  I decided to put 7 hoops on each 16' bed.  I pounded the 2' sections of rebar 1' into the ground, leaving 1' above ground - the height of the bed side.   Read more [...]

Broccoli Resprouts and Bees in the Flowers

When you harvest your Broccoli, cut the main head - close to the head - and allow the plant to continue to grow. It will produce numerous more little heads all over. Here is another broccoli plant with lots of re-sprouts, or side sprouts. Just this week, in Kroger, I noticed these broccoli side sprouts for sale. They weren't, of course, labeled side sprouts. I don't recall what they were called, but they were a bit over twice the price of a regular head of broccoli. I missed harvesting some Read more [...]


I sprouted a few cauliflower plants and planted them in the location of this plant - I think this is cauliflower.  The shape of the tiny head is more like cauliflower than broccoli.   If it is, the head won't be blanched - it is probably too late to tie the leaves over the head, covering it up.  It will mature as green cauliflower.  I recall planting a few cauliflower seedlings, but they were smaller than the broccoli sprouts.   These plants grow differently than broccoli plants - these leaf Read more [...]

Garden Broccoli vs. Store Bought Broccoli

Here is a comparison between garden grown broccoli and store bought broccoli.  The garden broccoli is on the left, it is looser and I prefer to pick it just before it flowers, usually after a couple of yellow flowers have bloomed.  We like the lighter crunch texture of the larger, almost blooming broccoli buds.  Each individual almost blooming bud has a nice, light hollow crunch.  The store broccoli is more of a solid, hard lump that takes effort to chew. The store broccoli was picked way too Read more [...]