Want to learn how to grow broccoli rabe? You’ve come to the right place! Also known as broccoli raab, rapa, rapini, taitcat, and Italian turnip, this vegetable is as easy to grow as it is delicious! Although most people think broccoli rabe is just another type of broccoli, it’s in fact not really related to broccoli at all, but rather more related to turnips and mustards.
This bitter tasting vegetable is widely used in most parts of Italy, but seldom used in other parts of the world. Contrary to popular belief though, broccoli rabe can be quite delicious in salads and sautees!
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!).
So now that you know how to grow broccoli rabe, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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