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Brassica oleraceae There are two kinds of broccoli. Summer broccoli, or calabrese is sown in spring to produce a crop in summer and autumn. 'Sprouting' broccoli is sown in spring or early summer to produce a crop the following spring. It is sown from March to May either directly in the ground or in modules. The plants are then transplanted or thinned to rows 60-100cm apart with plants 60cm-100cm apart, in the rows. Plants from later sowings can be left closer as they will not get as big. Brassica plants are susceptible to cabbage root fly from which they can be protected by slipping a 20cm square of carpet or such-like around their bases. They appreciate rich, and not too acid soil. Calabrese will produce a crop form July to September, depending on when it is sown. The curds of the sprouting broccolis are produced from March on depending on weather conditions and the size of the plants. Larger plants will produce their curds first. Harvest the side-shoots regularly to promote more production.
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Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Our Price: €2.50

Brassica oleracea This is a great spring vegetable that bridges the hungry gap when there is little else in the garden.  Average 150 seeds/packet.
Nine Star Perennial Broccoli
Nine Star Perennial Broccoli
Our Price: €2.50

Brassica oleracea This unusual variety produces lots of small white cauliflowers in early spring and, if well cut back, some plants will continue growing for several seasons. Average 100 seeds/packet.
Winter Roscoff Cauliflower
Winter Roscoff Cauliflower
Our Price: €2.50

Brassica oleracea This is a heritage Irish variety that we got from the Irish Seed Savers Association. It produces enormous creamy white curds around St. Patrick's day. Although it takes a full year to produce a crop, it is very hardy and easy to grow.
Sow form March to May and  transplant at least 60cm apart. Plants from later sowings can be left closer as they will not get as big. Larger plants will produce their curds first. Some plants will grow side-shoots after they are harvested and produce several more smaller cauliflowers the following year. Small plants will not grow curds the first year but will the second year.  Average 250 seeds/packet
   
 
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