Growing Broccoli: Site and Soil

If you want to grow broccoli successfully, there are several things to consider. Two of the most important things you should know about would be the site and soil where you would be growing your broccoli.

Soil Requirement

Understanding the soil make-up broccoli needs to thrive is essential in growing this vegetable. Soil that is rich and heavy but not clayish has higher nutrients so it’s the most preferable type of soil to have.

The soil’s acidity should also be around 6.2 to 7pH. To determine the exact alkalinity of the soil, it’s best to use a testing kit. If you find the soil below the 6.2pH mark, you can add lime to hit the ideal range.

Prepare the seed bed by raking it over to a depth of twelve inches and leveling it after. Apply a general fertilizer and bone meal to the soil approximately two weeks before sowing the seeds. Tread the soil lightly and rake the surface again. Make sure the soil is firm enough and not too wet that it will stick your shoes.

To achieve maximum nutrient levels, top dress or apply a liquid feed fertilizer to the soil while your crops are growing. Also add two inches of organic mulch between plants to make the soil cool.

The soil should also have the capacity to retain moisture but drain excess water.

Site Requirement

Broccoli loves the sun so select a site where it can get full sunlight. But if you don’t have that kind of space, a partially shaded area will do.

Your broccoli will stay in the ground over the winter – that’s approximately 38 to 42 weeks – so make sure the area is high enough that it won’t become water-logged.

Broccoli, like other members of the Brassica family, has a high nitrogen requirement. Make sure to pick an area where no other Brassica vegetable such as cabbage, turnips, cauliflower and the like has been grown over the last two to three years.

If push your luck, your broccoli crops will likely get club root and other diseases which will make your crops useless.