This year, I planted my broccoli with low expectations. But, somehow, they survived. It may be because I planted the seeds towards the middle of my plot, mixed in with hardier mustard greens. Perhaps the bugs were so distracted nibbling on those greens that they never got around to chowing down on the broccoli seedlings. Whatever the reason, I now have some lovely broccoli crowns developing.
And now I'm wondering... how do I know when to harvest them? I'd like to let the crown grow as large as possible. But I don't want to wait so long that the broccoli goes to seed. Do you just have to guess, or is there some secret to broccoli timing someone can share with me?
Maybe I'll ask for tips tomorrow at the Freedom Garden event I'm attending. Eric over at Ramshackle Solid tipped me off about this film screening and pot luck, and I'm really looking forward to meeting him and other like-minded LA folks on Sunday evening.