Some people assume I have a huge plot or even an allotment to grow my Organic Veg but I grow it in my Back Garden. And in this small space, I have grown a lot of great vegetables and one of them is Cauliflower. I always pick Vegetables my family will eat and my girls love that I grow cauliflower in the back garden. I loved growing Cauliflowers in the back garden because you can grow it all year if you want. You can read about how I plan for winter and autumn in the Organic Garden here.Growing Cauliflowers in your Back Garden is not hard #growyourown #organicgardening Click To Tweet
So here is my guide to Growing Cauliflower in the Back Garden
I had been told that cauliflower could be hard to grow but they seem to grow brilliantly in my back garden. As well as white varieties you can get yellow and purple ones.
You can get Cauliflower in white varieties but you can also get yellow and purple ones.
How to Grow cauliflowers all Year
There are three types of cauliflower; summer, autumn and winter varieties. Summer varieties can be sown in the cold frame in September, indoors in January or outdoors in April and some varieties may be harvested in June or July while other outdoor sown varieties will be ready during August.
Autumn varieties maturing during October and November can be either vigorous and large and or more compact. Winter cauliflowers are really ‘heading broccoli’. They are less delicately flavored than true cauliflowers but are easier to grow. They may take 40 to 50 weeks to mature from March through to June.
By selecting different variety and planting at the right time, it is possible to have a cauliflower to cut most of the year but mostly from March to November. A clever gardener would be able to provide a fresh cauliflower on demand every day of the year.
Recommended Varieties of Cauliflower
All Year Round – Most popular varieties of seeds that can be grown all year round. Sow the seeds deep in tray of moist compost be careful not to over water
- Clapton is the first cauliflower to be resistant to clubroot; it has taken over over 18 years to breed this variety. Depending on its sowing time it matures from late summer to late autumn, producing large, excellent flavored, solid, deep white heads of uniform quality.
- Mayflower is the earliest summer cauliflower. Sow them in mid-January and plant outside in late March for a harvest of delicious, tender, large heads in May and June.
- Sunset produces deep yellow-orange heads which contain a high level of beta carotene. Leave the heads uncovered to produce the best color, which deepens later in the autumn.
- Purple Graffiti produces a bright purple head but although not particularly tasty it’s great fun to grow cropping July-October. Purple cauliflowers contain anthocyanins a very powerful antioxidant, which is said to help prevent cancer and is beneficial to general health.
Winter cauliflowers are really ‘heading broccoli’. They are less delicately flavoured than true cauliflowers but are easier to grow.
- Sapporo – Extremely productive with excellent disease resistance. Plant in autumn for a late spring crop. Leaves will wrap around the cauliflower to protect from sunlight in the summer and frost in the winter, keeping the cauliflower with a uniform pure white color.
Cauliflower Romanesco – A Romanesco cauliflower producing a uniform crop of dark green, turreted curds with no bracts. Packed full of excellent flavour.HARVEST — September to November.
How to grow Happy Cauliflower in your Back Garden
- Cauliflowers should be grown in firm soil.
- Cauliflowers are very hungry plants and need plenty of nitrogen to grow well.
- They are best eaten fresh so you should sow them successionally to prevent a glut you can’t use.
Sow successionally into modules, thinning them at seedling stage to one plant per module. Move them up to a larger pot when ready, this will prevent root disturbance – but don’t allow them to become pot bound. And sow them in small batches every over a few days to stagger there growth.
Planting out Cauliflowers
If a good root system is not established early on they will never be able to absorb the water and nutrients they require – cauliflower heads will be small.
Don’t allow too much sunlight to get onto the head as it will cause the curds to be slightly yellow rather than white, this can be prevented by bending some of the inner leaves over to shade it the head.
Growing Problems of Cauliflowers
Cauliflowers are very vulnerable to club root, however, some are now being bred with club root resistant. You combat that by crop rotation.
They are susceptible to cabbage root fly as well. Use Netting to deter them.
Caterpillars and slugs are the worst pests of cauliflowers. Caterpillars will eat the leaves and get into the curd and slugs to climb the stem to eat away the surface of the curds leaving brown trails. Read my Post on Slug was here
Growing Cauliflowers in Pots
When it comes to growing cauliflower in containers, the first consideration, obviously, is the container. A large pot with a width of 12 to 18 inches and a minimum depth of 8 to 12 inches is adequate for one plant.
If you have a larger pot, such as a half-whiskey barrel, you can grow up to three plants. Any type of container will work, but be sure it has good drainage holes in the bottom, as your cauliflower plants will rot quickly in the soggy soil.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Cauliflower Care In Pots: Can You Grow Cauliflower In A Container https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/cauliflower/growing-cauliflower-in-pots.htm
Harvesting, Eating & Storing your Cauliflower
Harvest when they are large enough they mature quickly and you don’t want them to spilt.
Cauliflowers can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 weeks wrapped tightly in cling film. A glut can be frozen although they do tend to go a little soft and discolored.
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