This page talks about canning broccoli and growing the Calabrese to use for canning.
Calabrese is an organic heirloom broccoli. Brought to U.S. by Italian gardeners and introduced to seed trade 1914. Produces central head that is 3-6 inches in diameter. Once the head is harvested, it will continue to produce many side shoots.
We are not actually going to put the broccoli in cans but the broccoli will be put in canning jars. Canning is actually a very simple process. We will make a video of the process once we harvest our broccoli.
Broccoli plants can be direct sown or started in seed trays. We are going to start ours in seed trays. I have a shed with lights and A/C so I am set up to do this.
Today is 7-29-2015. I hope to start these on the 30th and will take a video.
12-1-16 Things did not go as planned. I hope to get more information on this page in the up coming 2017 season.
Hints for successful seed germination.
When starting seeds, the most important thing to remember is not to plant them too deep. Less than 1/4 inch will do.
The seed is a living embryo that contains enough energy to germinate and break the surface. But if planted too deep, it will run out of energy and die before it breaks the surface.
Keep the soil moist, but not wet with a temperature of at least 70%. Over-watering will drown the seed. A good thing to follow is the dirt should be moist like brown sugar to your first knuckle. If it is dry like salt it is too dry. If it is wet like wet flour then it is too wet.
The best watering is bottom watering. Put your starter pots in a tray and let them soak up the water they need until they germinate. Watering from the top can dislodge the germinating seeds and kill them.
Seeds should germinate in about 7 to 14, and sometimes even 21 days.
If starting indoors, seeds need 12 to 14 hours of daylight a day. A grow light will be needed. A regular florescent or lamp light will not do the job. If you are going to start indoors, you will need to make a small investment. Putting on a window sill will not work in most cases.
If the seeds do not get enough light, they will grow tall and thin. Then die.
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