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Southcentral Alaska is enjoying a sweltering summer (well, sweltering for us … temperatures are in the mid-80s) and our garden is pretty happy about it. I’m pleasantly surprised with our broccoli thus far. The plants are developing decent sized crowns, and we’ll soon be able to start harvesting.

This year we added an IRT mulch (primarily for chickweed control) and buried a soaker hose in the row (to make water easier) but the good weather is certainly a factor.

UPDATE: We harvested a couple of the larger crowns tonight, in part to see if we could stimulate those plants to produce other stalks (hat tip to gardeningknowhow.com). There’s a vast difference between store-bought and home-grown: no recipe, or even cooking, required when they’re straight out of the garden.

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