I planted Brocoli for the first time and I am not sure when to pick them, some of the plants haave started to flower5624

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Broccoli can be picked when the florets are mature, but before they actually bloom.  They should be about the same size as the ones in the store.  While the heads are not going to be the same size unless you are really lucky, they will taste far better.  Soak them for about 10 minutes in a salt water solution to kill any little critters and then rinse with cool water to get the salt taste out.  I have already picked my first crop. Do not take the plants out as they will produce side shoots that while not as big as the first crop are just as good.
by Green Thumb (1.8k points)
make sure that you cut the florets on a slant as then the rain water goes down and not in the stem.  Make that cut as close to the florets as possible...don't wait for the yellow flowers to bloom as the broccoli does not taste as good.  The side shoots are never as big as the original head.  And when I soaked them in 1/2 cup salt water and very cold water this tiny black bugs were running out of my high bowl with 5 heads of florets good thing that I was on the summer porch and everything scurried outside. and when the plants are done the chickens just love that broccoli stem hung up and the just peck at it until it is gone.
by Master Gardner (152k points)

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