Vegetable Thursday

Broccoli Waltham 29

Today I am going to journal about Waltham 29 Broccoli.

The seed packet give me the following information:
1) seed depth 1/4″
2) seed space 2″
3) sprouts in 7-10 days
4) plant space 18″-24″
5) matures in 65 days

I love broccoli!  I will be planting our broccoli in bed #1 this fall.  Bed #1 is a bed that faces north/south and is 4’x8′.  So this means I can plant two rows of broccoli on each side of the bed for a quantity of 4 plants on each side.  This gives me a total of 8 plants.  The germination is 7-10 days, so I will stagger the planting dates one week a part.

I start my seeds using 5 parts peat moss to 1 part perlite to ensure it is a sterile soil.

Here in Phoenix, AZ our first frost average date is December 11th each year.  So I need to plan to harvest prior to this date or have a plan in place to protect the broccoli from a hard freeze.

According to Urban Farms planting calendar here, I can begin planting seeds August 15th.  So my first seeds I will start August 15th and then every 7 days start another Waltham 29 Broccoli.  The broccoli starts will go into the garden beginning October 7th.