Much like broccoli, the process of winter sowing cauliflower, growing and learning to enjoy it has been a rough and bumpy road. I don’t like eating it, but at the same time, I know that it’s probably healthier than eating a dozen buffalo wings dripping with creamy ranch sauce. Ugh, that sounds delicious, doesn’t it?
Eating cauliflower that has been picked fresh from the garden isn’t as bad as I make it sound. In fact, I much prefer my home grown cauliflower to that which I can get from the grocery. Seems like every time I buy it there, it’s completely bland and tasteless. Winter sowing cauliflower makes growing it extremely easy, even for beginner gardeners who have very little experience growing their own food.
Similar to broccoli, I suggest experimenting within your own growing zone. While I can get a decent harvest of cauliflower in the spring, the crop really produces when it is planted for a harvest in the fall. To winter sow, I begin placing the seeds in trays or in containers around the end of January and into February. In my zone, this allows for plenty of time for the seeds to begin to germinate and grow into nice sized seedlings for transplant.
I’ll usually transplant the seedlings into the garden around mid March. In doing so, I’ll also need to cover them up with a light row cover or insect barrier to keep the cabbage moths out. At this point, bugs and creeping crawlies can absolutely destroy an entire planting of cauliflower.
That’s it! How do you grow cauliflower in your garden? Do you have any tips and tricks that you’d be willing to share? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!