Growing broccoli in small gardens can result in abundant harvests!
Here’s how we’ve been able bring in big crops by growing broccoli in small garden beds.
A key ingredient to your garden’s success is in the soil.
- Begin by getting a soil test completed to determine what your soil needs.
- Adding lime and nitrogen-rich fertilizers like fish meal early in the season can make all the difference in growing fantastic broccoli. In fact, broccoli needs both. That’s because it’s a heavy nitrogen feeder, and if the soil’s too acidic it just doesn’t perform well. But only amend the soil if it’s required. Otherwise, you may end up adjusting your soil in the wrong way.
Growing at the peak moment will also impact your broccoli harvest.
- Broccoli is generally a cool season crop, so seed it early in the growing season. Or seed it very late for a late harvest, before things freeze up.
- Be sure to harden off your seedlings before moving them into the garden.
- Use fleece to keep pests like cabbage butterflies off your broccoli plants.
- Harvest before the flowers open.
What will you harvest from a small space broccoli patch?
We’ve grown broccoli bed in fairly small beds and brought in a lot of food. In fact, in a bed about 3′ deep by 6′ long, we gathered 7 pounds of broccoli. So that’s about how much space broccoli needs to grow. To be clear though, partially this is because I risked crowding the plants within a foot of each other. But, that’s pretty close together for broccoli. However, if you harvest every other plant, that opens up space for the others to expand as they continue to grow.