How to Prepare the Seedbed for Your Broccoli

Broccoli grows slow and will stay in your garden for as long as 42 weeks. Because of this, it’s a given to make sure the seedbed where they will be staying be given ample preparation.

Broccoli will tolerate most types of soil so long as it’s well-drained. They are known to thrive excellently on soils ranging from sandy to clayish. However, broccoli will thrive excellently on a fine seed bed.

Prepare the soil by plowing it to a fine silt. Remove all particles that are large because it will hamper the emergence of the seedlings. Also remove stones, sticks and plant debris. It’s best to do this early in the fall season because the climate will help break up the clods in the soil.

Before planting in the spring, level the soil evenly when it’s not too moist. Delay tilling the soil if it it’s moist enough to be pressed into a ball.

If you are doing single row planting or raised beds, create holes about 0.5 m apart. Make the spaces between rows to 0.3 to 0.4m for double row planting.

Add decomposed manure or rice hull ash to the soil and mix thoroughly. You can also wet the holes and put about 10 grams of 14-14-14 into each hole before covering it lightly with soil.

If the seed bed has previously been used by potatoes, peas or beans, you may simply fork the soil over and add a dressing of fish manure and ten percent potash content.