Sow cau­li­flower now for au­tumn good­ness

Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN -

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.

Tab­bouleh any­one?

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.

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