For early production, sow in March for planting April to harvest in November. For direct sowing, sow April to mid June for harvesting January to May. Expected germination time 7 to 12 days, depending on soil temperature. Once the plants are in the ground the process is easy. Just let them stand and protect them from the eggs of Cabbage White butterfly and peckish wood pigeon who love the tender plantlets. Fruit nets are fine. Remember to shake off the snow in the winter. As your sprouting broccoli begins to flourish, you may find you need to stake and/or build soil up around the stem to support it. Remove any yellowing or fallen leaves and burn them to prevent fungal diseases setting in. Sprouting broccoli crops may be damaged by pigeons over the winter. Use netting where necessary.