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Diggers Rest, Issue #016-Broccoli, Eco gardening tips, Recipe: Broccoli Chicken Bake
June 08, 2006
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June 8, 2006 Issue #16
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In this issue:
1) Growing broccoli
BroccoliBroccoli is a cool season vegetable and is ready for use late autumn and winter. Broccoli will continue to produce heads so a single plant will produce over several weeks.
Broccoli seeds should be sown in early to mid summer to allow the plant to grow a good size green frame before the cool weather starts. You will not need many plants as each plant will produce continuously over time, but do consider successive plantings as you don't want it all to mature at the same time. Usually 8-10 plants are enough for the average family over a season. Allow 3-4 weeks between plantings to space the harvest over time.
Sow your broccoli seeds in punnets and prick out the less hardy plants as they sprout.
Once they are 7-10cm high (3-4 inches) they can be planted into your garden bed. The bed should be well prepared with lots of organic compost before hand.
Broccoli is a leafy green so growing it fast with regular fertilising of nitrogen rich toppings is a must. Fertilise every 2-3 weeks. Seedlings should be placed approximately 18 inches apart. Ensure the winter sun will reach your plants for at least 5 hours a day.
Broccoli does best in a climate of 10-20C but will happily tolerate colder temperatures. Watch your plants for caterpillar and aphid pests as they tend to attract them. For solutions to common pest problems see Natural Pest control
Eco Gardening TipsEco gardening tips stands for both economical and ecological.
Feature Recipe: Broccoli Chicken bake500g of diced chicken breast
150g of sour cream
500g of broccoli heads chopped
1 can condensed 'Cream of Chicken' soup
100g shredded cheese
This is a quick tasty meal you can whip together in under 45 minutes. Brown 500g of diced chicken breast in a frying pan. Chop up an equal amount of broccoli and microwave it on high for 2-3 minutes.
In a separate bowl, mix the sour cream with a tin of condensed 'Cream of Chicken Soup' and a tablespoon of Cayenne pepper.
Layer the materials in a casserole dish starting with the chicken, then broccoli, then soup/sour cream blend. Top the lot with some shredded tasty cheese and put in a medium oven for 20-30 minutes.
Serve with pasta, rice or potatoes.
Copyright J.L. Williams 2006
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