are a wonderful vegetable for growing in the home garden.
They are a wonderful source of vitamins, are easy to grow
and very rewarding.
Cauliflowers are suitable to plant from mid summer through
to autumn. This will ensure that they mature during the colder
months of winter, which assists in ripening and produces lovely
can either be grown from seed and transplanted, or you can
buy them as seedlings. Either way, for the best growth they
need rich well-prepared soil and plenty of sunlight. Dig into
the soil generous quantities of 5 in 1® Organic Plant
Food. To sweeten the soil, add some dolomite or lime at about
one handful per square metre.
planting out, space them about 60cm apart and give them a
Cauliflowers are very heavy feeders and do well with regular
liquid fertilising. To keep them growing well, drench the
soil with SeaMax® Fish & Kelp Liquid Fertiliser every
week. They will also do well with a side dressing of Kickalong® Organic
Complete Garden at about 4 weeks old.
Now a trick for Cauliflowers is to pull the outside leaves
in and tie them over the developing Cauliflower head. Sometimes
when doing this, the outside leaves will break, but this is
okay. Leave them intact and tie them with some garden twine
or string. This will prevent discolouration of the cauliflower
(normally caused by direct sunlight), keeping the head clean
Cauliflowers are ready to harvest once the heads feel firm
and tight. Don't leave them on the plant for too long, as
they'll loose their sweet flavour. If left on for too long,
the heads loose their compact feel and spread a little, and
also become fuzzy or furry in appearance. Once cauliflower
heads have been harvested, they are right to be cooked and
eaten immediately, or you could keep them in the fridge for
a short time.
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle family.
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