This is my first veggie garden.

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Spotted Crow, Jul 6, 2005.

  1. Spotted Crow

    Spotted Crow Well-Known Member

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    How can you tell when broccoli is ready to be picked? Right now they're blooming. Are they supposed to?
    How do you know when lettuce is pickable too?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    too late for the brocolli, at least for the flowered part. That is what you pick before it blossoms. I assume you are seeing small yellow florets.

    Lettuce is best picked before the leaves get tough or the plant bolts. By bolting means it starts forming a seed head.
     

  3. Spotted Crow

    Spotted Crow Well-Known Member

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    If I cut the flowering bits off, will I get more crowns from the other parts of the plant?
     
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    sullen Question Answerer

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    Poor Crow, it is too late for any veggie (or herb) that blooms. I learned that last year. My broclli never got big heads, I had to snap off tiny little ones to eat. Plant Broccli really early for big heads, let them get a little cold, they like that.
    You might get more Broccli, if you dead head, but that depends on how big the flowers got. But it will probably be only little bits.
    Good luck! :goodjob:
     
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    dugan Well-Known Member

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    yes
     
  6. Spotted Crow

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    Thanks folks... :bash:
     
  7. mikeg

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    you can try again this fall where you are, now I would start some seeds soon in the garden or in some flats to transplant.