Someday I’ll Grow Broccoli

Our seeds came from Burpees while I was in Hawaii. It was a bummer too because last week was the perfect weather for early spring planting of pea seeds. This week it’s wet and rainy. I was wondering how people manage to sow seeds in early spring when the soil is so wet and then I recently read a helpful hint that said if you prepare a section of your garden in fall with rows and such then you won’t need to actually till it in the spring but you can go out and just plant right in the prepared section without really working the soil. I hope I remember this tip (and have the gumption to try it) when fall rolls around.

8 peat pots with two seeds each

Tonight was the first night I had a bit of free time so I got my broccoli seeds planted. I’ve been reading a bit about broccoli and it turns out you’re supposed to plant your transplants outside in early spring. I had been planting my seeds in early spring and then putting the transplants out when it was way too warm. Maybe that’s why I fail to ever get a single head of broccoli. Well, that and the cutworms last year that ate my beautiful broccoli plants. Unfortunately, I always read about things after it’s too late to do anything about it and it turns out that the time to start my broccoli seeds passed several weeks ago. Thus, I started them late again this year. We’ll probably fail to get any broccoli for the fourth consecutive year but I’m too stubborn to quit now. I don’t really have a strong passion for broccoli. It’s just now that I’ve tried and failed a few times, I’m even more determined to grow at least one head of broccoli before I exile it with the other outcasts to the land of “Not Worth Planting”. There it will live in infamy along with lettuce, cauliflower, zucchini, and squash.


  1. zucchini, (yellow) squash and cauliflower are very smart things to have on the not worth planting list. They are top on my not worth on this planet list.

  2. I love eating Cauliflower (especially when Nancy cooks it Vietnamese style with fish sauce and green onions) but it’s too hard to grow so it’s not worth planting in that sense. It’s definitely worth having on the planet but I agree with you that if zucchini and squash somehow went extinct I wouldn’t even notice it.

  3. I’m reading a book I think you might like, Animal,Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. She moves her family to a 100-acre farmstead in West Virginia and they make a one-year commitment to eating only local or homegrown food. She has a good 20-page chapter on asparagus alone.

    The book makes me want to plant a little something (or maybe just makes me want to want to plant something) but I just don’t know where to begin. Our yard is so shady and so fulla pine needles. Maybe I could be your co-op lady and come pull weeds once a week in exchange for a strawberry.

    1. Pine needles make the soil more acidic which is a good thing in our Utah alkaline soil. You might be successful at growing blueberries which prefer acidic soil and do well in shade. Raspberries are also usually grown along the north side of houses where they get a few hours of sunlight a day. I would love our yard to have more shade but there is only so much you can do with two year old trees. You can come pull weeds any time you like. In the event that I actually ever harvest a strawberry (something that’s never happened with kids, birds, hot summers, and an inexperienced gardener all conspiring against it) you’ll be the first to know.

  4. I really hope that the broccoli does sprout… I’ve always wanted to compare home-grown broccoli to the frozen, store-bought kind my mom always gets. I bet it tastes better. And yes, that Vietnamese style cauliflower does taste good…even though I like it better without anything on it.

    1. Unfortunately, it hasn’t sprouted yet and I don’t think it will sprout. I’d ask for my money back from the seed company, all $2.59 of it, if it wasn’t more hassle than it was worth.

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