In an effort to grow worm-free broccoli this year (for the first time EVER . . . I'm hoping), I covered my broccoli bed with a hoop configuration and Agribon the way sweet Sue does over at Sue's Garden Journal. In the last couple of days, by peeking through the Agribon, I could see that several nice-sized heads of broccoli were wanting to be harvested.
Above is the bed in the process of shedding its Agribon cover.
Ta-dah! The broccoli plants uncovered! They looked really very healthy.
Out of the nine plants put in the bed, this one matured way ahead of the rest. Because it's not a simple job to unfasten the Agribon (and then secure it back over the bed again), I chose to sacrifice this head and let it flower without harvesting it.
I harvested five heads today. Of the nine original plants, one keeled over and died (of an unidentified cause) shortly after we covered the bed. There is the one that matured too early and five I harvested today. That leaves two heads that I decided were too small to harvest today. I'll watch them carefully and probably harvest them in a few days.
The heads are good-sized. A little bigger than my hand span.
So did I manage to grow the broccoli worm-free? Dunno yet. I have the five heads soaking in warm salt water right now . . . which should drive the worms out if there are any there.
I'll give you an update later. Stand by . . . (Ooooh, the suspense!!)
Just when it couldn't have been more surreal...
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