Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● 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’.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.