Sunday, January 16, 2011

Brassicaceae Economics



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How much does organically grown, fresh broccoli and cauliflower cost in the store?  I have no clue.  The broccoli seeds used this fall cost about $1.50.  A variety of Calabrese, Nutribud, and Waltham29 was planted.  I prefer the Waltham29 variety purchased at Floyd’s Hardware Store and planted in late September.  The buds are loose and plentiful.  They even seem a little darker and that translates to more nutritious to me.  I could be wrong.  It happens.  The Purple of Sicily Cauliflower cost about $2.50 for about 200 seeds.  I don’t even know if markets sell purple cauliflower. 

All seeds were sewn in place in September or October.  Most all the seeds sprouted with the exception of the Nutribud Broccoli seeds purchased from Baker Creek.  Pill bugs may have been responsible for fewer of those plants in the garden.



This is a pretty economical way to provide produce for your steam pot.


A Year In My Garden said...

Purple cauliflower looks great - we're thinking about growing veg this year and it will certainly be a candidate - I rememeber my father growing yellow and white beetroots.

Char's Gardening said...

I agree with planting these veggies is by far better, not just for the pocket book but for your health. I planted them this year for the first time but now I know next year I need more.