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    Default broccoli/calabrese which one??

    i grew broccoli this year and was mightily peeved that each plant didn't provide enough sprouts for one person, so basically it was a complete waste of space ...... so this year i figured i'd try calabrese instead,

    so what variety is easy to grow ......ie plant and ignore ....... and will provide large heads, and tastes yummy??

    i'm gonna try romanesco, but would like some proper green stuff too


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    I grew Arcadia last year it is an F1 but it is still producing floretty sideshoots. Will definately grow that one again, I have saved some seed too - will see what it comes up with!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynda66 View Post
    i grew broccoli this year and was mightily peeved that each plant didn't provide enough sprouts for one person, so basically it was a complete waste of space ...... so this year i figured i'd try calabrese instead,

    so what variety is easy to grow ......ie plant and ignore ....... and will provide large heads, and tastes yummy??

    i'm gonna try romanesco, but would like some proper green stuff too


    thanks
    I grew Marathon last year, highly successful with all twelve plants yielding a large central head (fed a family of three no problems) and then a further 4-6 weeks later several small sideshoots (2 plants was enough for a family meal)

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    we grew arcadia and parthenon, both were excellent. just made the mistake of planting loads of plants all at the same time, got sick and tired of the sight and smell of broccolli when freezing it. great tasting though.

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    Green stuff??...try curly Kale...mine love the left overs..and they go on for ever...

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    My summer calabrese was rubbish.

    Hopefully my winter PSB will be better ... it's getting little fat heads right now.
    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicos View Post
    Green stuff??...try curly Kale...mine love the left overs..and they go on for ever...
    i meant green as in broccoli tasting lol ..... i did grow some kale, didn't know what it was and got given some seeds ..... tastes like manky cabbage, rabbit likes it though

    shall have a look and see if i can get a few of the different types mentioned thanks

    i have about 40 plants still, that i was hoping might sprout a bit more, but nothing, rabbit likes the leaves as well though ...... so i guess not a complete waste ..... but i wasn't planning on growing veg just for the pets lol.

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    We rate Marathon and Ironman as the best 2 for larger heads.

    Another one to try is Tendergreen for smaller spears.

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