Good enough to eat
●● Autumn cauliflower
They may take up a lot of space and you have to stop pests like cabbage white butterfly, aphid and cabbage root fly from infesting, but if you like a challenge, you can grow cauliflower to harvest in summer, autumn and winter.
Autumn types are sown in mid-to-late spring for a crop in autumn, usually in November.
Sow in 7cm pots indoors and plant out after a month or so into well-prepared soil with plenty of organic matter and a generous amount of balanced fertiliser added beforehand.
In June and July they should be growing strongly, although you must keep pests at bay which may involve covering young plants with garden fleece or fine netting.
Give them a good soak once a week in the summer and a good feed of highnitrogen fertiliser from time to time.
Cut them as soon as the heads reach a decent size. Good varieties include ‘Castlegrant’ and ‘Skywalker’.