Moreover, it has a very low calorie count and can be included even in low calorie diet. Many people are curious to know how to grow this crop, as the taste of home grown, fresh broccoli is much tastier as compared to those that are available in the grocery stores.
Sowing the Seeds
Before planting broccoli, you have to learn how to grow the sprouts at home. The advantage of using home grown sprouts, is that the seedlings planted will be free from various diseases and infections. Usually, its seeds are sowed indoors four to six weeks before the last frost. To grow sprouts, soak the seeds overnight at room temperature.
Transplant the Seedlings
When the seedlings grow to a height of 12 inches, then it's time to transfer them to the garden. This should be done around two weeks before the last frost. Lift the seedling from the container holding the base of the stem and place it into a 2 inch deep hole so that the entire root remains inside the hole.
Now, fill up one inch of the hole with water and then cover it up with soil. Press the soil tightly so that it is properly secured to the ground. Keep a gap of 15 inches in between two seedlings.
It should be fertilized with 4-8-4 fertilizer after a gap of every 3 to 4 weeks, and you can also add well rotted manure into the soil from time to time. Broccoli is susceptible to some insects like aphids and cabbage loopers. Use garlic spray to control aphids, whereas, to protect the crop from cabbage loopers, cover up the plant with insect netting.