Broccoli problem

Hi there,

 

Planted purple sprouting broccili last year (I'm a novice). Attached picture shows it now. Presumably its about to flower. It never went purple. So two questions. Presumably I can dig it all out and pop on the compost heap. Any suggestions how to avoid this next year?

 

Many thanks,

 

James

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,797

    Did you not notice it looking like this a while back? 

     

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sGUYlI3xcWI/TnNMYkWI61I/AAAAAAAAAh8/bnMk-FwPw6k/s1600/purple-sprouting-broccoli.jpg 

    or like this http://www.thompson-morgan.com/medias/sys_tandm/8796348678174.jpg 

     

    If it's flowering now you're too late - the sprouts you pick and eat are the immature flowering shoots.

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Jammy2Jammy2 Posts: 30

    Nope - nothing like that. I know the pigeons had a go and I had to net it - so maybe that was the problem

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,797

     

    Hold on a minute !!!  I've just had a closer look at your picture - it looks more like Curly Kale to me image

    Did you plant any Curly Kale?

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • HelcattHelcatt Posts: 16
    Yeah, I agree - it does look like kale! Does Broccoli get that big?
  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Hmm. do have to agree re kale, did you buy it as plants or grow it from seed I wonder?  Either way, if it is flowering it is done for food for us, but rabbits (pet ones) and other such like pets like it as food if you have any friends who keep them - guinea pigs are very fond of it. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,797

    On a positive note - you've certainly grown it very well - which bodes well for next year - and you'll know what you're doing the second time around image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Jammy2Jammy2 Posts: 30

    I grew them from plugs from the garden centre. Not impossible though that I mixed something up. Here is a better res picture to see if this helps with identification.

    I've dug them all out now and added to the compost

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    Thanks for you help and comments

    James

  • Jammy2Jammy2 Posts: 30

    Wait - that is the exact same res - argh

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