White cauliflower
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

How To Plant Cauliflower Plants In A Raised Bed

If you have the space growing cauliflowers is cheaper than buying them

You will need:

  • cauliflower plants
  • Growmore
  • well-rotted manure
  • trowel
  • lime

Prepare the bed by adding a handful of lime, Growmore and by digging in some well-rotted farmyard manure. Once done tread the soil down firmly.

 

 

Plant them 60cm (2’) apart or if you only want a small head 30 – 45cm (12 – 18”) apart would be sufficient.

Plant up to the first leaves and firm in really well.

Water well and keep them evenly damp.

Once they are growing well give them a handful of high nitrogen fertiliser.

Cabbage white caterpillars can devastate your crop so either cover with a fine insect-proof mesh or keep an eye out for the butterflies and pick the caterpillars off.

Club root is another problem so make sure the soil is well-draining and that the soil is alkaline.

If you love growing vegetables and fruit check out our other blog articles: 'What vegetables can I grow in containers and small spaces?', 'How to grow fruit in small spaces and containers on a limited budget' and 'How to gauge when to harvest your vegetables'.