Welcome to my website which is about growing organic vegetable sustainably. My Garden Ecobeds use very little water and only homemade compost to maintain strong growth, and they produce lots of healthy nutritious organic food all year round. You can find out more about them on my page at http://jashxxxxxx.blogspot.com.au/p/wicking-beds-plus.html..............................................John Ashworth 27th November 2017.
Growing Mini Cauliflower
Latest Update 19th January 2019.
grow mini Cauliflowers, because the head is a great size for
firm, pure white and has excellent taste.
However, the rest of the plant is almost as bulky as a full sized cauliflower, and they tend to dominate a Garden Ecobed, so I usually only grow 2 at a time.
This food is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
It is a good
source of protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium and phosphorus, and a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin
K, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and manganese.
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Multi-sow a few cauliflower seeds in a mini pot and water them by placing the pots in 15mm of dilute seaweed extract in a small plastic tray. Sink the pot up to its rim in compost in an EcoPropagator.
Once they have reached 4th leaf stage, transplant the 2 strongest seedlings individually into small fibre pots, soak them in dilute seaweed extract again and return them to the propagator.
Plant them out when ready into a prepared Ecobed using a large dibber.
Plant the pots deep into the soil and water in well with dilute seaweed extract.
Earth up the stems as the cauliflowers grow.
Protect them from excessive sun in high summer using shadecloth.
Harvesting and Storage.
Cauliflowers should be harvested when they have reached a mature size, and before the flower buds open.
Cut the stalks at ground level when harvesting them and leave the roots to decompose in the ground.
I don't usually store cauliflowers, but they could be blanched for 2 minutes in boiling water, dried and packed in resealable bags in the freezer.
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below.