Beginner Broccoli Growers forum: Welcome to the BROCCOLI forum!

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ImageGymgirl
Feb 2, 2010 4:03 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Here is the BROCCOLI forum.
ImageSofonisba
Feb 3, 2010 11:10 PM CST
Name: Harper
NY - zone 6a
Gymgirl, that cabbage looks like it could feed you for weeks! Very nice! I'll be growing broccoli for the first time this year. Yup! I'm a beginner broccoli grower!
ImageGymgirl
Feb 9, 2010 5:56 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
oops! I should'a posted the BROCCOLI pic above!

Nice to meet 'cha!
Imagecoconut
Feb 10, 2010 7:51 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Waaa! I can't believe I did this again! Smiling

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Melissa

ImageGymgirl
Feb 11, 2010 12:13 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Mola,
What're those seedlings, and is it time for me to sow them, too?
Imagecoconut
Feb 11, 2010 12:20 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
I have no idea about your weather, Linda, and your timing. I'm tempted to direct you to Dave's Garden!.

They're BROCCOLI !! lol. Scrawny, light starved little guys. The moon was right, and I was not prepared. sigh. I still have a huge packet full of seed.

Melissa
Melissa

ImageGymgirl
Feb 11, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Uh, Mola, we now refer to that site as "Dave's "OTHER" Garden!" Glare

Imagecoconut
Feb 11, 2010 12:40 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
He probably loves it, it was his life for ten years. He is going on with his life, and this isn't another garden, this is a Mall of All, haha, he wants every subject here, cars, guns , everything. I don't like those things, but they have a place in this very ambitious Cubits place.

Have you quit DG completely? It's still the biggest and best gardening site on the internet, no matter who owns it.

And he did sell it three years ago.

Melissa
Melissa

ImageGymgirl
Feb 11, 2010 1:10 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Haven't quit completely as had some important running conversations going re: Winter Sowing and keeping up with a coupla Zone 8-9 growers.

It was getting easier to keep up by talking with growers in the same Zone. I'm "schedule"-challenged!
ImageSofonisba
Feb 22, 2010 7:17 AM CST
Name: Harper
NY - zone 6a
I just started my first round of broccoli seeds yesterday.
ImageGymgirl
Feb 22, 2010 9:36 AM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Sofonisba,
That's great news!

Could you do me a BIG favor and list your City, State and the growing Zone you're in on your profile? It truly helps to know if you're starting your seeds and it's 20° outside or 85°! Ears perked up!

Thanks!

Linda
ImageSofonisba
Feb 23, 2010 7:16 AM CST
Name: Harper
NY - zone 6a
Okay, I updated it. It's 20º out here. Well, today it looks more like 35º. Broccoli is started in trays under grow lights in my basement. How many days 'till germination?
ImageGymgirl
Feb 23, 2010 1:25 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Sofonisba,

I think some of mine came up in around 9-15 days, but I truly wasn't paying attention. They were outside in milk jugs. Which, BTW you could do and save your electricity. Check out the Winter Sowing forum someone on Cubits.

I've got a few stragglers coming up now. They've been outside and germinated from seeds outside. I am so sold on Winter Sowing, I don't think I'll start anything other than peppers under lights anymore. It is so EZ and efficient, and there's not the hassle of checking on lights, etc.

You got milk jugs? Starbucks will give 'em to you by the truckload (er, at least by the bagful -- I was getting 'em almost 20 at a time...)

Poke some holes in the top and the bottom and then split it around on three sides about the height of the bottom of the handle where the label is. Then, fill with about 4"- of moistened potting MIX (not soil), sprinkle those seeds (I use my Sharpie marker to make a VERY slight indentation in the mix to drop a seed in, then cover it over LIGHTLY with a dusting of potting mix), sprinkle to settle them in, close the lid and secure it shut on two sides with a piece of duct tape, then put em outside somewhere they get bright sun.

Check em periodically for moisture, but if you've got snow then you don't even have to worry 'cause your snow will do the watering! Try a couple of jugs to compare to your light kit.

LMK how it works out for you.

Linda

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ImageSofonisba
Feb 28, 2010 9:23 AM CST
Name: Harper
NY - zone 6a
I will! I'll do that! Thanks Linda!

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