Cauliflower success story

ncdirtdigger(7b)November 14, 2011

I've tried to grow cauliflower a couple times with no success, so when I had success this fall I thought I'd share my story. I started my seeds back on June 16th. I transplanted them to the garden on August 6th. According to the seed package they should have been ready for harvest on or about October 8th. They were actually ready this past weekend and I had some for dinner tonight. I cut them into flowerlets, put them in a baggie with some finely chopped creole garlic and olive oil and coated them thoroughly. I put them in a preheated oven at 400 and turned them after 10 minutes and then let them cook another ten minutes. I plated them up and added salt, pepper and parmesan cheese. Absolutely wonderful tasting and well worth the effort.

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Yay! I've always been afraid to start them that early, like there would be too many high heat days left in the year for a winter crop plant. This may work with all sorts of cool season plants. Thanks for the info.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 9:55AM
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Good job! I gave up trying to grow it after too many failures. Your recipe got me hungry. I know it's not going to taste as good as your garden fresh, but I'm going to buy some tonight and cook it like you said.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 12:27PM
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Ralph Whisnant(z7b-8 NC)

Congratulations! Cauliflower is one of the more difficult vegetables to grow in our area. I bought plants from Campbell road Nursery here in Raleigh in September and they are just beginning to form small heads. I have wire hoops over them already and will add frost cloth and plastic when needed to prevent them from freezing. My biggest challenge with starting these plants so early (in addition to the heat) is insects. How did you keep them from being devoured by the slugs and caterpillars?

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 7:27PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Even up North I had problems keeping the aphids off them.
They get on every orifice, most you can't see until you start cutting the florets and the honeydew attracted the fungus like we get down here on crape myrtles.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2011 at 10:41PM
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Ralph, I planted cilantro as a companion plant (to ward off grasshoppers) and applied some BT when I saw signs of catepillar damage.

I only wish I could grow cilantro at the same time my peppers and tomatoes are ready for salsa making. :)

Dottie, I think down here they flower well beyond the time aphids are a problem (too cold).

    Bookmark   November 20, 2011 at 3:01PM
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