Sow cauliflower now for autumn goodness
CAST your mind forward to cooler weather in late autumn when roasts and soups will start to be on the menu. Cauliflower is a brilliant vegie to use in so many warming recipes and if you start sowing seed now, you’ll be eating home-grown cauliflower in a few months’ time.
It’s best to start cauliflower off in trays with seed-raising mix and transplant the seedlings out into a sunny vegie patch when they’re about 7cm high.
To help grow healthy cauliflowers, after transplanting the seedlings, feed each week with a vegie and herb liquid plant food. As the white heads (called a “curd”) develop, fold the leaves over the top to prevent yellowing.
CATERPILLAR CONTROL: Brassica vegies, including cauliflower, are adored by cabbage white butterfly caterpillars, which devour leaves. These caterpillars can be controlled by spraying every 1-2 weeks with Yates Success Ultra.
Whether used in tabbouleh, pesto, soups or as a not so humble garnish, parsley is a must-have herb at home.
Italian flat leaf parsley seed can be sown all around Australia at this time. It grows well in full sun to part shade, in garden beds or pots. To keep parsley productive, keep it well-watered, feed every 1-2 weeks from spring to autumn with nitrogen-rich vegie and herb liquid plant food, harvest leaves regularly and remove any flowering stems. Sow more seeds during spring to ensure you have a constant fresh supply of this delicious herb.