Many gardeners have difficulties with growing cauliflowers. This is often caused by very poor soil preparation. Cauliflowers are heavy feeders that grow continually and quickly. Therefore, it is necessary for the soil to possess sufficient nutrition so it can support the growth.
Aside from being voracious feeders, cauliflower favors a soil with an level of acidity from 5.5 to 6.5pH. The soil need to drain well. Cauliflowers also possess a weak root system.
Planting cauliflowers can happen around six weeks before the danger of frost has ended, even though the temperature is in the range of 65 to 75 degrees. On the other hand, soil preparation must be carried out several months before.
A couple of months before actually planting, cut all grass in the area. Also cut off branches and twigs from close by trees which could shade your cauliflowers. Using a grub hoe, shovel or fork, loosen the soil until a good tilt is achieved. Do not fumigate the soil as soil-borne diseases like clubroot flourish in soils where they don’t need to compete with other micro-organisms.
Create plots which have a width of 1 meter and a length of five to twenty meters. It should be six to eight inches high. The plots should be in an east-west direction so your plants can receive sunlight and also at the same time not expose them to the north winds. Get a rake to level the plots.
Ideally, it is best to just use biologically active fertilizers just like mushroom compost to improve soil structure. However, you can also use basal fertilizer mixture, mixed in with aged compost, and urea.
Even when the soil you have is rich and fertile, it will nevertheless do good to use commercial fertilizer to the soil. These kinds of fertilizer has boron and magnesium that cauliflowers will need to grow properly. Accomplish this a few weeks before the plants will be set.
To get a sufficient supply of nitrogen, add chicken manure on the soil three weeks after the cauliflowers have been set out. Make sure that the soil is consistently moist.
The author is a nutritionist and is currently working for a non-profit health care corporation. For more information about the topic, visit the following link: Cauliflower Recipes
Author: Elroy Tyner
The author is a nutritionist and is currently working for a non-profit health care corporation.This author has published 27 articles so far.