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Bolting Broccoli

Are your vegetables “bolting”? Bolting is another way to say that a vegetable plant has started to flower. It can happen in spring when cool-season crops respond to the warmer temperatures and longer days. Crops that often bolt include Brussels sprouts, broccoli, lettuce, collards, and other greens — and in our case it was mustard greens. Bolting affects the quality of your vegetables and cause the vegetable to taste bitter.  For more information see “Vegetable Bolting” at: http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/edibles/vegetables/bolting.html.