Broccoli - Cultivation
Broccoli is a cool-season crop that grows best in full sun and fertile, moist, and slightly acidic soil mixed with organic materials such as ground leaves or bark. It needs regular watering as the plant grows quickly, but the developing heads should not get wet when watering. Mulch will help keep the soil cool and moist in warmer climates, while black plastic covering the soil will help retain warmth in cooler climates. Broccoli can be planted in both the fall and the spring and is typically harvested about sixty days after planting. Once the main head is harvested, smaller side shoots should be left on the plant to develop and mature for later harvesting.