October 27, 2010 | 7:10 am
Our fall garden has just a few remaining plants. We have patiently been waiting for the broccoli to mature. It takes about 60 days for broccoli transplants or 80 days for seeds to grow into full maturity. After planting, I always mark my calendar when a plant will be ready to harvest. I do this so that I harvest the vegetable at the most nutritious state.
I called the girls to the garden and we cut one head. Broccoli should be cut when the heads are still green and tight. Heads that have small yellow flowers should have been harvested earlier and are past the eating stage.
Two of my three girls LOVE to eat broccoli (little trees). I handed them a freshly cut stalk and they started snacking. I am beaming with pride. Watching them eat fresh from the garden is very rewarding to me. I know that it is healthy and nutritious. As I’ve stated in other blogs, if we grow it, they are more likely to eat it.
After a few bites, we moved from the garden to the kitchen and began supper preparations. I washed the broccoli and removed three worms (ewwwww). I steamed the broccoli and added a touch of salt. Delicious!
As gardeners, harvesting is our reward. We must have done it right. The planting, watering, weeding, fertilizing, nurturing, it’s paid in full when we harvest. Happy Harvest!