Re: [gardeners] In the Garden

Liz Albrook (
Tue, 16 Dec 1997 22:58:15 +0000

George Shirley <> wrote:

> Out poking around in the garden today and discovered two things: the green
> beans were slightly frostbit the other night and the broccoli has huge
> heads now. This is the first year in most of a lifetime in the souf' that
> we have gotten these huge, grocery store type broccoli florets. These
> things are six or eight inches across and nowhere near bolting yet. I'm
> tempted to leave them awhile longer but worried they might bolt as we are
> expecting a "heat wave" up into the 40's and 50's this week. What's the
> experience from the bandits of broccoli out there. 

Pick 'em, George.  Not because they're gonna bolt but because the 
stems are gonna get tough.  My experience with broccoli is that when 
the heads get big I'll get more side shoots iffen I cut the heads 
early.  Besides, I like the stems best.

Just so yall know how lazy I was this year --  I went out this
evening and picked a mess of Broccoli leaves to put in a salad. 
Little inch and 2 inch long devils.  They went well with the tiny
radish leaves.  That's right -- some of my radishes went to seed and
so did some of my broccolis.  The broccoli leaves I picked were from
some Minaret broccoli I never cleared out.  Tasty salad. 

Good to see ya posting, Marianne.