Grow your own Cauliflower
One of the more difficult of the brassicas to grow Cauliflowers like a cool climate and resent being transplanted. In the right conditions they will grow to form a large white head surrounded by green leaves. The leaves of the Cauliflower itself are edible, however an old gardeners trick is to remove an outer leaf and sit on top of the head to protect it from hot sun.
Cauliflowers grow during the winter and are rich in vitamins C,A and B. They are also a great source of fibre.
They are similar to cabbages in that they prefer a cool climate, plant cauliflowers in late summer to autumn. Cauliflowers should be rotated, plant in different beds each year. They can be grown from seeds or seedlings.
Like most vegetable a humus rich well drained soil is best. Keep moist.
You can get a few varieties of cauliflowers, the white types are the most common, however you can also get green and purple varieties.
- The common white variety is the most popular
- The purple type is sometimes called the Sicilian Cauliflower, look for seeds online under the name of Cavolfiore di Sicilia Violetto.
- An orange variety is also available, however difficult to find, said to be very high in beta carotene.
- A green variety called Romanesco is sometimes available
How to Grow Cauliflowers in the home garden
Easiest to grow grow from seedlings however you can start them from or seeds. In many areas they can be grown year round, as long as the winter in not to cold.
- Prepare a garden bed with well dug soil.
- Dig in some extra compost and a little blood and bone
- Seedings should be planted at around 30 cm apart
- Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Keep moist, however ensure that drainage is good.
Cauliflower seeds are available for sale from the following suppliers
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