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Back in the days when I would religiously start everything from seed, brocoli was the only plant that could take being spilled out of it's pot repeatedly, stirred up by the cats and mistreated by a toddler - and still produce a bumper crop once it made it into the garden! (so it's easy)
In general, brocoli is a cooler weather plant and will withstand a mild frost. It grows in the heat but very quickly so you really need to keep an eye on it. Also, it will spread out and take up a LOT of room, so believe the spacing instructions! Haven't ever had any problems w/ bugs on it, although needed to hand pick the white moths one year to prevent future problems. Don't let the heads get too big before picking. And then after you cut off the top heads, more will branch off below. YUM!