Cauliflower All Year Round, as the name suggests, can be sown and/or harvested for almost the entire year and it is therefore an excellent choice for successional sowing.
It produces good quality tight white heads or curds which can be eaten straight away, or frozen. Also, a good variety for showing as it can be left in the ground for longer periods than other varieties after the head has formed with little deterioration.
|When to sow
|Jan to Feb under glass. March to May outdoors and Sept to Oct in coldframes to over winter.
|Where to sow
|In Jan and Feb sow thinly, 1cm (1/2in) deep, in modules or clean trays of pre watered compost. Keep in a greenhouse or on a windowsill and keep moist at all times
|From March to May sow thinly, 1cm (1/2in) deep, either direct into a seed bed (rows 45cm apart) or again in modules and keep under a cloche or in a coldframe until risk of frost has lifted.
|What to do Next
|If sown direct, once the seedlings start to appear, gradually thin out to 45 cm over a few weeks, thus ensuring you are left with the strongest plants.
|If sown indoors gradually acclimatise the cauliflower plants to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days.
|If sown in trays or modules plant out into the final growing position, when the plants have 3-4 true leaves (approx. 5 weeks after sowing), 45cm apart and 45cm between each row. Water the day before moving, and keep well-watered until established. Continue to protect with a ground fleece until risk of frost has lifted.
|Cauliflowers benefit greatly from being fed a high nitrogen fertiliser to boost growth and curd formation. The soil around the root system should also be kept moist at all times.
|Protect cauliflower heads from direct sun and poor weather by folding over the outer large leaves and securing them if required. This should prevent yellowing and give you beautiful white heads.
|June to October, when the head is firm and tight.
|Consider putting mulch around the base of the plant to encourage the soil to stay moist and keep in nutrients
|Protect from Cabbage White Butterfly with netting.
|Nasturtium and mint
|Great source of vitamin C and A, potassium, and very high in fibre when eaten raw. Ideal for slimmers as it's low in calories unless of course you serve it with cheese sauce !
|Cauliflower can be eaten raw in salads, steamed, or boiled. The best way of all, though, is with a rich creamy cheese and mustard sauce cooked in the oven with lashings of melted cheese on top.
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