Growing Broccoli Outdoors Gallon Containers With California Cauliflower Larva Broccoli is a nutritional winter crop that may help prevent cancer with Sulforaphane. This broccoli is growing in gallon containers outdoors with organic compost for about two months. The broccoli was started from seed in the containers and was set on wood pallets per a suggestion from a master gardener friend. My friend was right, the raised pallets with the containers on top make it very easy to water the broccoli, maintain it, and pick the larva off so they do not completely eliminate the crop. I am growing the broccoli outdoors because the light is free (sun) and it seems to do well in the winter even though there is less light than in the summer time. I did put rosemary near the broccoli as a companion plant in an attempt to help remove or decrease the cauliflower larva but this has not worked well at all. I am still picking them off almost every day. BT or Bacillus thuringiensis is considered to be a biological alternative to pesticide that may help remove the larva on the broccoli however there is some information that this may cause a significant amount of liver damage in humans so I have not used it to date. It is very tempting however because the larva have killed about 20% of the crop and still have no signs of leaving. Why Grow Broccoli The reason I am growing broccoli is to create my own organic broccoli seed which I will then use to create broccoli sprouts which are said to contain the highest amount of the anti-cancer chemical Sulforaphane.

4 Responses to “Growing Broccoli Outdoors Gallon Containers With California Cauliflower Larva”

  1. If you spritz your plants with soapy water (just add a little soap to a spray bottle of water) every few days it keeps the bugs from eating your crops on you

  2. checkfoldcallraise Reply December 27, 2012 at 7:35 am

    one thing that really helped my pepper plants was mixing composted cow manure with the natural soil before planting. pruning while they are young. any extra leaves or non-producing limbs drain energy from the plant. i leave a lot of upper leaves alone to get the sun and do a lot of trimming around the bottom. after a while you wont have to trim so much since almost all branches will be producing peppers. every couple of months sprinkle some plant food around them. i use Scotts 10-10-10.

  3. thanks, I have had some great results (in another video as well) with Broccoli and the amount of food it produces over months of time. I have not had as easy of a time with peppers. Maybe you could help me out with some pointers and I will test them out here on video! The trick is really daily morning water and keeping the cauliflower larva away in a safe way. Adding more compost on top seems to work as a way to harvest even more.

  4. checkfoldcallraise Reply December 27, 2012 at 8:46 am

    its so nice to see those babies. i started my first garden in nov. ’09 and broccoli was my pride and joy. i live in florida so im just waiting for summer to pass to start planting broccoli and cauliflower. summer is so harsh on plants but im doing really well right now with a variety of peppers, eggplant, and sweet potato. thanks for posting, hope you had great results.