Growing Calendar for Broccoli Marathon (March despatch)- Plants
Delivery: Mid March to Late March
This calabrese produces medium size, uniform, dense heads of bluish-green 'beads' on sturdy plants that will grow well in almost any soil and under any conditions.
Plants despatched mid March for cutting May-June.
Calabrese has a flavour that some find a little milder than sprouting broccoli. Add to that a shorter growing season and it makes an ideal vegetable for those who like quicker results.
Just like sprouting broccoli, this ‘superfood' is packed full of cancer-fighting properties, vitamins, iron and other health-giving benefits.
Like all young brassicas, it is advisable to use netting or bird scarers when planting out to avoid pigeon damage.
The Extra Early Brassicas have been sown in October and overwintered undercover with frost protection. The plants are tough, sturdy and stocky ready hardened off for immediate planting on arrival.
The plants will not look as fresh as spring sown plants BUT don’t be alarmed! The plants will be taller and have some yellow leaves which will either fall off or green up as the plant gets growing. The plants are typical of those planted by commercial growers up and down the country and will THRIVE in prepared soil.
These plants will crop 6-8 weeks earlier in your garden than spring raised crops and give your first flush of produce from your garden – and what’s more many will have cropped before persistent brassica pests are around. ) Caterpillar and whitefly.
Prepare your planting bed dig over and add some pre planting fertiliser, rake level and walk over the bed firming the soil.- Brassicas like firm soil. Lightly rake the surface level again.
Using a dibber or trowel make a hole deep enough to cover the root ball and the neck of the plant. Water the hole and put the plant in backfilling and firming the soil lightly around the plant.
Plants had many yellow leaves and were bent. They looked very poor quality and unhealthy. Saw much healthier plants in homebase. Will not recommend.
The plants were badly packed and not in individual sections in the package. Each plant was bent and I had to remove nearly all the leaves as they were brown. The telephone assistant said this was normal for brassicas, I dispute this.
Our products are all grown with the utmost care and to high standards of quality. We regularly check our nursery stock to determine exactly when they will be at the optimum time for despatch.
We despatch our fresh, nursery-grown live plants (including vegetables, trees and flowers) when they are at a stage of growth ready for you, the customer, to plant on at home.
The delivery period shown on your order confirmation indicates when you can expect to receive your order and we will endeavour to despatch your plants in this period within 7-14 days