How not to grow broccoli? It's dead easy if you pick the wrong weather. Here's how I did it. First, be lazy and buy a seedling, instead of seed. Then plant the seedling in autumn, right at the start of an unusually warm stretch of weather. Fertilise normally. Stand back! Here's what happens next...
|Too late for harvest already. This broccoli head went from|
normal 'broccoli' to flower head in a matter of days. We
blinked and missed our chance to harvest our crop.
|"Don't touch the broccoli!" our resident artist (Pammy) warned|
our resident gardener (me). Like someone glued to the TV
screen watching a soap opera, she wanted to see what happened
next. (Besides, might make a nice painting later on.)
|A simple flower, yes, but complexity in flowers is sometimes|
a bit overrated, especially when you have lots of simple blooms.
|The final stage is the disappearance of the|
tightly clumped flowerhead altogether, when
the broccoli briefly becomes a shrub with
a frazzled spray of white tassels. The bees love
the broccoli blooms; there's a humming
soundtrack to accompany the show.