Broccoli does best in the fall in Texas, and grows wonderfully if given enough space, water, and food. The plants grow relatively large for the amount of harvest you get, so if you are limited on space this might not be the best crop for your garden. I personally love growing broccoli and have always included it in my planting plans regardless of the space it takes up.
Start seeds in 6-packs and transplant the seedlings into the ground after 5 to 6 weeks of growth.
Start seeds in 6-packs (September 1st through October 1st)
Plant transplants in the ground (October 1st through November 15th)
Broccoli is a heavy feeder and requires very fertile and rich soil. Can tolerate light clay soils. Water deeply during dry periods, unless there is sufficient rain.
Apply compost to soil before the planting season and then side dress the transplants with MicroLife 6-2-4 at the time of planting. Mulch the plants with straw or wood chips to conserve water.
Harvest broccoli when the heads are large and dense, before the flower buds become loose and start to open. Cut the heads off the plant just above the nearest set of leaves to encourage smaller secondary heads to form
My favorite varieties