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Cauliflower

THEY'VE a reputation for being difficult to grow, but if you give them the right attention you can grow cauliflowers all year round.

They need rich soil, regular watering and plenty of space, particularly if you are growing winter cauliflowers which mature in spring and take up space in your vegetable plot for a long time.

Summer cauliflowers can be sown now in small pots, or outdoors in a seedbed, although early sowings need to be protected with cloches.

Once big enough to be transplanted in about six weeks' time, space them 60cm apart and water well until they are established. Leave 70cm between winter varieties. If you don't water them in well or let them go short of water in summer, very small heads will form quickly.

In summer, bend a few leaves over the developing curd to protect it from the sun, while winter crops should be sheltered from frost and snow by breaking a few leaves over the curd.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 24, 2007
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