Homegrown broccoli is so tender that it's just about as good raw as it is steamed. The first time I grew broccoli, the plants went into my compost pile shortly after the main stalk was harvested. I had no idea broccoli would continue producing smaller spears around the edges of the plant. That same winter, my dad ate from his broccoli plants for months! Live and learn.
This year's seeds are now in the garden centers so it's time to begin planning the spring veggie garden. I grow vegetables, herbs, and a few cut flowers in raised beds. The most important part of my plan will be finding the right bed for the tomatoes and peppers. Rotating their planting location will reduce any disease they might get. I also always look for disease resistant varieties. (that info is listed on the plant label). If you can keep your plants disease free, your family will be munchin' on home grown tomatoes until August. My fave tomato for the Rio Grande Valley is Celebrity. It has been a good producer year after year. Even if you don't have a "vegetable garden", tuck a tomato plant into one of your sunny beds. Your taste buds will thank you for it!
I hope that you all have a chance to grow a vegetable or two!