My broccoli is so pretty! Sadly, it's begun to flower. :(
I never get those big, beautiful heads that I dream of. My soil warms up too quickly in the spring, and the broccoli doesn't like it. It thinks it's time to flower, go to seed, and reproduce. Tiny little heads of broccoli are all I've ever been able to grow.
Of course, I will harvest the heads. They won't be too bitter. And I will keep a closer eye out on future heads so I can harvest them before they begin to flower.
No matter how small they are.
I guess I could pour ice on the soil to keep it cooler. Or shade the broccoli from the warmth of the sun. Instead, I think I'll just give up on growing broccoli. Sad, since I love it so.
These broccoli were grown from a packet of seed included in a giveaway Donna at Garden's Eye View had last year. I was the lucky winner! Now, I'm not the best vegetable gardener, but I did get a lot of tomatoes, some peppers, a few cucumbers, and am patiently waiting to harvest asparagus, just to name a few of the vegetables I grew from seed from the giveaway.
And, of course, broccoli. Maybe not a lot of broccoli, but enough for a few meals. She's giving away more seed this year - jump over there and sign up! It's better odds than winning the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. (I know, because I have tried to win that every year, but haven't yet.)
It's amazing how much can come from a few packets of seed. Fun, anticipation, wonder, experience. Sometimes confidence. Sometimes joy. And sometimes even a few meals!