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Uploaded on Jan 15, 2011
http://www.b2review.com/growing-brocc... Broccoli is a nutritional winter crop that may help prevent cancer with Sulforaphane. This broccoli is growing in gallon containers outdoors with organic compost for about two months. The broccoli was started from seed in the containers and was set on wood pallets per a suggestion from a master gardener friend. My friend was right, the raised pallets with the containers on top make it very easy to water the broccoli, maintain it, and pick the larva off so they do not completely eliminate the crop.
I am growing the broccoli outdoors because the light is free (sun) and it seems to do well in the winter even though there is less light than in the summer time. I did put rosemary near the broccoli as a companion plant in an attempt to help remove or decrease the cauliflower larva but this has not worked well at all. I am still picking them off almost every day.
BT or Bacillus thuringiensis is considered to be a biological alternative to pesticide that may help remove the larva on the broccoli however there is some information that this may cause a significant amount of liver damage in humans so I have not used it to date. It is very tempting however because the larva have killed about 20% of the crop and still have no signs of leaving.
Why Grow Broccoli
The reason I am growing broccoli is to create my own organic broccoli seed which I will then use to create broccoli sprouts which are said to contain the highest amount of the anti-cancer chemical Sulforaphane.