HOW TO GROW BROCCOLI RABE IN YOUR GARDEN

PLANTING BROCCOLI RABE:

  • Seeds are planted directly into the soil, with each being spaced about 4 inches apart.
  • Thin the seedlings to 4-6 inches apart once to leave some space.
  • Plant the seeds in the spring right after the last danger of frost.
  • These vegetables prefer both shade and sun, so plan to plant in an area that receives half sun.
  • Water regularly like you would turnips and mustard greens.
  • Harvest right before the flower buds grow.
  • Leave broccoli rabe any longer can result in a bad harvest that may be extremely bitter and almost inedible.
  • Depending on the variety of broccoli rabe you're growing, it can be planted and harvested at different types.
  • Follow the directions on your seed labels to see when to plant and when to harvest.

BROCCOLI RABE CARE:

  • Water regularly, letting the soil dry in between watering.
  • Pull out any weeds, and do not plant next to turnips or mustards, as they can cross pollinate (unless that's what you're looking for!).

BROCCOLI RABE HARVEST:

  • Harvest the broccoli rabe plant as soon as buds appear on the plant.
  • At this point, the broccoli rabe should be 1-2 feet tall.
  • Harvest by cutting the stem 5-6 inches under the bud. Use a pair of gardening shears to do this.
  • The shoots, stems, and leaves are all edible.
  • After the cut, the plant will grow another smaller, more tender shoot which you'll be able to harvest later on in the season.

So now that you know how to grow broccoli rabe, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!