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Veranda Farmer: Growing Broccoli

I started my veranda farming last year with my accidental discovery of how to grow potatoes. From then on, it was a nonstop affair with veranda farming and my Veranda Farmer chronicles can attest to this. Here are some of the treasures that you can find in my veranda by the Veranda Farmer (ME!):

how to grow potatoes – http://myrockingcradle.com/2015/06/veranda-farmer-my-potato-patch/

how to grow radishes – http://myrockingcradle.com/2015/09/veranda-farmer-growing-radishes/

how to grow okra – http://myrockingcradle.com/2015/11/veranda-farming-growing-okra/

how to grow onion leeks – http://myrockingcradle.com/2016/04/veranda-farming/

I plan to write more about each of the vegetables grown in my veranda but I guess I need more luxury of time. In the meantime, let’s get into my broccoli!

One of my friends, who is more naturally-gifted with flowers and urban farming, gave me broccoli seeds. With much excitement and imagination of possibilities of harvesting broccoli, I started working on the seeds in winter. Seedlings sprouted from the egg tray I recycled for this purpose:

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brocolli seedlings

To my delight, most of these seedlings have grown and have steadily supplied us with our much-loved broccoli. Do you know that broccoli is one of the healthiest food there is? Its nutritional richness is known to fight off cancer and improve bone health. Check this site for more of its health benefits. This is how a homegrown broccoli looks like:

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broccoli in my veranda

Its florets are not as firm and compressed as the store-bought broccoli. It could possibly be because all these vegetables in my veranda are organic. The soil is rich with all the roots and leaves that have been left to naturally mix and contribute to the richness of the soil. The broccoli above is near blossoming so I took them out before they flower.

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organic broccoli from my veranda

I have several broccoli plants gloriously standing in my veranda and they give our family a steady supply. You see, after I cut off the florets that are ready to be included in my dishes, the plants shoot off another batch of fresh broccoli.

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broccoli florets start with new batches after I cut the mature ones

And to ensure continuity of my broccoli for another season of planting, I allowed one plant’s flowers to fully blossom. And they’re beautiful! For days, these flowers gave me something to look forward to in the morning.

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beautiful broccoli flowers

The best thing about these flowers is when you allow them to dry, they would eventually produce seeds just like the radish flowers and the basil flowers that I had. The buds wouldn’t look as beautiful as the flowers but rest assured they will continue to provide us with the very healthy broccoli for our dishes.

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broccoli flowers turned to buds that will produce seeds

Broccoli is one of hubby’s favorite vegetables. He proudly talks about my veranda and the produce that we constantly have. 2 or 3 years ago, I wouldn’t have understood the fun and the enjoyment one can get from growing and producing one’s own food. But now, sit me down for a cup of coffee and be a willing listener. I’m afraid I will bore you with my veranda farming just like how I might have bored friends with stories about my babies when they were younger, hahaha. No kidding!

And hey, I am just talking about a patch of land in my small veranda in our apartment in Seoul. Just imagine the possibilities when I have a bigger area. Really, how can people go hungry?

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17 thoughts on “Veranda Farmer: Growing Broccoli

  1. Well, I’m quite impressed! I would never have imagined to grow such crops in a big city apartment, so props to you! Your image of the organic broccoli is making me rethink my fried rice for dinner haha. Keep up the great work!

  2. This is so wonderful to see! And I just love the egg boxes you used to grow the broccoli! I hope you’re able to harvest some yummy home grown goodness to share with your family.
    We tried growing all sorts of things in the garden area behind our apartment and had some luck, but nothing as healthy and good as your broccoli plants!

  3. So glad to have come across this- my boyfriend and I were talking about how much we want to grow some plants in our Korean apartment too. We don’t have a veranda so we might do it on our rooftop- let’s hope the ajjumas don’t steal all our veggies!! Amazing work, keep it up! 🙂

  4. Good job Ms Wendy. I don’t eat broccoli but after reading this post, I think I’ll try to eat it. You said it’s one of the most healthy food, so maybe I could try it. But the joy of harvesting something out of your plants is priceless and I congratulate you for a job well done. Now, let’s go home to the Philippines and start organic farming. hehe
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  5. Haha at first I was like ooooh veranda but then I realized it was your balcony! It’s definitely growing in popularity amongst my friends back in the states to start their own urban gardens. And what a great way to ensure that you will always have veggies on the table. I will definitely start a garden once I’m back in the states but there’s so much fresh produce for cheap in Vietnam so theres no need to yet 😛
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  6. You’re so lucky you have a veranda. I’m so jealous because my place doesn’t have one 🙁
    My fiance and I really want to grow some basil and whatnots. But unfortunately we don’t have the space to do so.
    Great job, Wendy!

    1. You can grow basil in pots, even the small ones and put them near your window where it can have good sunlight. I have lots of basil seeds from my previous basil plant. I would love to share with you. Let me know!

  7. That’s really awesome you’re able to grow plants on your veranda! I like that living in a city isn’t stopping you! I really want to have a garden where I can grow some of my own produce one day! I also want a lemon and a lime tree!!! Anyways, impressive job on growing all sorts of things in your korean apartment!
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    1. Speaking of lemon, I have two growing from the seeds I took out of my store-bought lemon. Hopefully, Inoculd blog about it.

      Goodluck on your garden someday. In the meantime, enjoy all the travelling!

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