Here come the colourful cauliflowers!

After our trial brassica update last week, we've got a further update. The Graffiti purple cauliflowers that were just starting to form have got much bigger over the past week. And yesterday we enjoyed this one in our turkey teriyaki stir fry! We find that the purple cauliflower can look a little unappealing if boiled... Continue Reading →

The brassica harvest begins…

As you may remember, we sowed some "trial" brassicas back in March to test open packets of seeds that we had left over from last season. We sowed three of a variety of seeds: cauliflowers, broccoli and romanesco cauliflowers. The first cauliflower variety is now ready to harvest. These are Barcelona. Not the best looking... Continue Reading →

Where have our brassicas got to?

Compared to some of the vegetables we're growing, brassicas are much more of a long game. Although these were sown back on 22 March, they're still not ready to harvest. Fingers crossed they are worth the wait, they usually are! As you can see, they're much larger than they were when we planted them out,... Continue Reading →

Planting out our trial brassicas

Hopefully you've been finding our "trial brassica" journey interesting and helpful so far. And this is where it really begins - the planting out! Before planting out, we gave each plant the usual treatment - a good soak in some diluted Maxicrop seaweed. We find that this gives the plants a good start when they're... Continue Reading →

Trialling the brassica seeds

Different seeds have different shelf lives, with the shelf life typically decreasing once the sealed packet has been opened. But we always think it's a shame to just throw the remainder of a packet of seed from one year away the following year if you didn't finish it. Therefore, early on in the season we... Continue Reading →

When it got too hot for our Romanesco cauliflowers

We asked a gardener friend of ours that has experience of growing Romanesco cauliflowers to recommend a variety for us to try when we decided we wanted to give them a go this season. At the time, we were advised that Romanesco cauliflowers are an "autum" cauliflower, i.e. they grow best when maturing during the... Continue Reading →

Romanesco and purple cauliflower update

Our Purple and Romanesco cauliflowers are growing nicely since we planted them out a few weeks ago. These are starting to get a few weeds around them now, so we'll need to clear these soon otherwise they'll be taking over the place. It also won't be long before the plants bulk up really rapidly and... Continue Reading →

An update on the colourful cauliflowers

  The weekend before last, our Romanesco and purple cauliflowers were ready to be planted out. We had five plants in total, as unfortunately we'd lost one of the purple cauliflowers between pricking out and planting out. It's stem had rotted off for some reason, so we'd had to throw that one away. We dug... Continue Reading →

Pricking out the chilli peppers and colourful cauliflowers

Just a week after sowing, the Machu Picchu, Navona and Graffiti were ready to prick out. Unfortunately, we haven't got round to writing this post until now though, so they've moved on a bit from now (see updated photos at the bottom of the post!) The cauliflowers were pricked out into 3 inch pots which... Continue Reading →

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