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Succession planting broccoli

Interplanting various ages of broccoliOur oldest broccoli is getting a bit buggy, as you can see in the foreground.  But I'm not worried --- we'll be eating those heads this week.  The broccoli and Egyptian onion omelet we had for lunch Monday was truly delicious.

If you remember, we put in broccoli seeds as gaps came open in the garden during the height of the summer.  The seeds went in over the course of a month from early June to early July, and I couldn't have planned it better if I'd actually put thought into the process.  The late-planted broccoli is a bit stunted, nestled amid the larger early plants.  As the early plants head up, I rip them out, opening up space for the late-planted broccoli to thrive.  I'm hopeful that we'll be eating broccoli through the end of September, or maybe even later.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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