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Bringing Broccoli to Your Family Table

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Bringing Broccoli to Your Family Table
Family Food Saturdays teach children about their food and where it comes from, and can even make veggies fun by letting kids dig in the soil, water plants, taste-test what’s growing, and play games. On August 3rd, families can visit the Children’s Garden and learn all about broccoli! From 1 to 3 p.m. the first 200 children to visit the Edible Garden will even be able to take home their own potted broccoli plant.

Broccoli (Brassicaolerace) is a great plant to grow in cool temperatures, so it will do best in the spring and fall and not in the heat of a typical St. Louis summer. For a spring harvest, sow broccoli seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last spring frost and transplant them outside three weeks before the last spring frost. For a fall harvest, sow seeds indoors at the beginning of July and plant them outside in mid-August.

The best use for broccoli is in a vegetable garden, and it can be planted with other cool season vegetables in its same species like kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and kohlrabi.

Broccoli needs full sun and should be kept consistently moist. Mulch should be applied around the plants to protect the shallow roots, reduce weeds, and to retain the soil’s moisture. Broccoli will be ready to harvest as soon as the heads are firm and tight, before any of the buds begin to open.

Generally broccoli is a low maintenance plant, which makes it a perfect vegetable for children to grow. Growing their own broccoli might even make children more inclined to eat it!
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