When the harvest fails
I find the broccoli leaves to be similar to kale. The stalks are also edible but can get tough. Eventually, the toughness becomes woodiness. If you can't slice them without a saw, consider them for the compost pile. Slice them thin (1/4" or so) and steam or saute them. If you taste bitterness, use a splash of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt.
[quote=Oliveoilguy]Link suggests a neutral to acidic soil ph. What is your soil like?[/quote]
We're quite acid here in the Pacific North Wet. Plus, we spread coffee grounds on it and our blueberries.
"If you can't slice them with a saw.." – too funny! But point taken!
We seldom get real heads on our brocolli, and often get mini-heads on many of our non-brocolli brassicas. We eat it all. Especially a favorite as a salad leaf is our winter rape. Normally, our salad leaves are bitter, while our rape leaves are sweet. Your mileage may vary, but it’s all good.
[quote=pinecarr]Has anyone here ever eaten broccoli greens before, and have any insight into what they're like?[/quote]
Yea, I eat all sort of brassicas, especially the spicy yellow flowers from the "chicken plants" that sprout up wherever we've been dragging our chicken tractors. My guess is mustard seed in the feed.
Here is an article on the infamous "Year Without a Summer" -1816 – and how it impacted history. It was the result of a very large volcanic eruption. Effects were different in various parts of the world: floods in China, no monsoons then floods in the dry season in India, snow in the summer in the eastern USA (Appalachians), and crops reduced from 80 to 90% off normal leading to food shortages and soaring prices.
I try to have enough seed for at least two years ahead so I can plant the next year if this one is a wash.