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Varieties of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower

I've tried and tried and tried, but I just don't seem to have much success in growing the cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Help!

I've lost a lot of weight, and it's partly because I bought these veggies and ate them a few times a week. But I don't want to keep paying money for these when I have perfectly good potted-soil to grow my own.

Here's what we need from broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower:

- short growing season (90 days, but less is preferred)
- easy to grow in a container or square foot garden
- small heads are ok
- hardy for harsh winds/microbursts
- heirloom (non-gmo, and so we can save seeds to grow)

Thoughts? Comments?

2 comments:

Dunappy said...

I have successfully grown both Broccoli and Cabbage here in my area which is also a short growing season. My first reason for success is to purchase started plants from the local nursery. They have the green house to start the seeds early enough that they will be strong enough to transplant in late May or early June which is my growing season start. I have not had much success at all starting the broccoli from seed. Cabbage I start from seed but it takes longer. This year none of the Cabbage (from seeds) made heads, but the cabbage Last year purchased from the nursery did make heads.

You may have to compromise on your last criteria in order to have some successes in growing these types of veggies.

Survival Foods said...

I thought I had read somewhere that broccoli and cauliflower have been engineered by man, as in they were grafted and manipulated (not genetically) to the form they are in.

I haven't had any luck growing any of them either.

Lucas Gregson