Broccoli & Brussels Sprouts

I got the Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts sowed today (March 24th), and just wanted to do a quick post on which varieties I am attempting to grow this year. I’ll let you know how they are doing throughout the year.

  • Brussels Sprouts
    • ‘Catskill’
      • “Cabbage-like flavour abounds from numerous tender, small heads 1-2 inches across which mature in succession on strong stalks. Easy to pick. Low in calories”
  • BroccoliΒ 
    • ‘Di Ciccio’
      • “A traditional Italian variety that produces a 7.6-10.2cm blue-green head with non-uniform, medium sized shoots to follow. Delicious in both spring and fall”
    • ‘Green Sprouting’
      • “Tasty and nutritious. Early and compact. Delicious steamed, cooked in stir-try and raw! Easy to grow and very prolific yields”
    • ‘Munchkin’
      • “A dwarf open pollinated Broccoli. The plant grows approximately 12 inches tall and produces big deep blue green heads. Cut the main head and you will likely harvest a good sized secondary head a little later.”

I hope my seed sowing attempts work out, and that I can get these Brassicas a home built before its time to put them out. I still have some cabbages and cauliflower to sow as soon as I get the hot peppers potted up and free up a seed tray.

I am really keeping my fingers crossed that we get a plot at the community garden and I can worry less about space. At this point, I am trying to grow a tiny bit of everything, rather than enough to keep us in vegetables all summer and fall. My garden dream is so much bigger than my tiny backyard.

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11 thoughts on “Broccoli & Brussels Sprouts

  1. I’ve never grown brussels sprouts, though I love to eat them! I’m going to look into some seeds or see if my local garden center has any starters. Good luck to you and your garden!❀

  2. You know I never use the seed trays, because I’d rather not let my plants have to get “replanted” too many times. I put my tomatoes and peppers right into larger pots to start with so it’ll be right into the garden when the time is right.

    1. I use them because growing space is an issue, and I don’t want to waste the expensive seed compost on non germinating seeds… I only pot up the strong plants. It also helps control me from planting too many things.

    1. Is that a Broccoli? Last year was the first year I grew any, and they were a Romanesco type from the garden centre. I’ll have to keep my eye out for it… I would like to try Flagstaff Brussels at some point too… They are purple!

      1. Oooh! I have never grown brussel sprouts, maybe next year…yes, Packman is broccoli, I get it from Veseys in PEI or Halifax seed, but I haven’t really looked at any other seed companies. I am using up the seeds I have left from last year and so far the germination rate has been excellent – so it obviously lasts well!

      2. That’s awesome. I couldn’t decide which broccoli to grow out of the three varieties I had stashed, so I just tried them all. I’m excited to see how the Munchkin fairs.

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