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    growing cauliflower and broccoli

    Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:04 pm Groupie
    I want to put cauliflower and broccoli in this year, but I haven't had very good luck with them in the past. They don't have nice big heads on them and they are very bitter. What am I doing wrong?

    Also, when should I start my tomato seeds? I have some burpee seeds that I want to try.
    Peter Bergerson
    Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:05 pm Groupie
    Cauliflower and broccoli are best when grown in cool weather in loose, fertile soil and enough moisture to foster rapid growth. The young plants will tolerate light frosts, so you can set them out as soon as the average overnight lows rise to above 30 deg. Be sure to protect them from rabbits, cutworms, etc. because not much else will be growing yet, and the young plants are sweet and tasty. If you have to wait for warmer weather, ensuring rapid growth is the key to a respectable harvest.

    Cauliflower is a bit tricky to grow because rapidly changing weather conditions can stunt their growth and cause them to either produce a tiny head, or none at all.

    After broccoli is harvested, you can leave the plants in the garden and they will produce side shoots for the rest of the growing season until freezing weather kills them in the fall. During hot, dry weather, side shoots may come slowly, but when the weather cools down again, they'll become more abundant. The side shoots won't be as big or pretty as the first head, but will be just as good and be the greater yield over time.

    Now would be a good time to start tomatoes as most transplants work out best when started about 6 to 8 weeks before setting them out in the garden.
    Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:40 am Groupie
    I tried once to grow these guys but it is too hot where I live so I had small to no heads snd way too much protein with them. So many little worms I was out there swishing them every day. So I decided never again.
    Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:38 pm Groupie
    For cabbage worms, you can spray bT (bacillus Thurengiensis). It hurts absolutely nothing but caterpillars. Also, after harvesting, soak the produce in strong salt water. It kills the worms and they float to the surface. They also turn orange when cooked, so you're not in danger of eating them! icon_smile.gif
    Plant them as soon as the ground can be worked and you'll be harvesting before the cabbage moths appear to lay their eggs, plus you'll get the best quality produce. Cole crops love cool weather.
    Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:31 pm Groupie
    I found some cabbage and some cauliflower that is self blanching, so I am going to get them planted today. I want to treat my garden organically this year. Any suggestions on fertilizers? I have a compost pile but I don't think it's ready yet.
    Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:41 pm Groupie
    Wood ash is great to use in soil used to grow cole crops, it helps to prevent clubroot. Blood meal is a great source of nitrogen and repels rabbits and other vegetarian type critters.
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