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 14th March 2016.
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 x rows): 300 x 250 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.
Cauliflowers should be protected against slugs and snails using self adhesive copper
tape bonded around the base of your Ecobeds.
these molluscs get into your Ecobed as eggs laid in your compost, kill
them with organically approved iron based snail pellets as soon as you
discover them. You should only need to use a small number of pellets.
The best deterrent for caterpillars is exclusion netting. My Ecobeds have built-in frames and attachments for easy mounting of exclusion netting.
If the butterfies get past your defences, spray the crop thoroughly with Bacillus thuringiensis (Dipel in Australia) This
natural soil dwelling bacterium once ingested by caterpillars produces toxins which
paralyse their digestive sytem causing them to stop feeding. They die within a few days.
A 4 year crop rotation
plan is the best cure for root knot nematode. They do not prosper when
their host plant is removed to another bed, and after 4 years, their
effectiveness as a plant pathogen is substantially reduced.
applications of aerated compost tea boost the natural defences of
plants by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
They defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes, which defend the plants roots against plant pathogens.
Exclusion netting stops birds digging up worms in your Ecobed, and takes the edge off hot sunshine with a 20% shade factor.