Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing Mini Cauliflower
Latest Update 18th August 2017.
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.
Binomial Name: Brassica oleracea.
Variety: Mini Cauliflower.
Crop rotation group: Heavy feeders.
Garden bed type: Garden Ecobed.
Recommended soil pH: 6.5 - 7.5.
Minimum sun per day: 4 hours.
Plant spacings: centres: 750 mm.
Weeks to harvest: 18 weeks.
Good companions: Bean, tansy, nasturtium.
Bad companions: Strawberry.
Climate: Warm temperate.
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.
Sow Cauliflower seeds in an EcoPropagator and sow the seedlings in the prepared bed when ready. Plant them in their fibre pots up to their rims and water them in with a solution of seaweed extract and rainwater (suppliers dilution ratio).
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.