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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Anyone care to share your results trying to grow cauliflower in Mid TN?

Posted Monday, June 3, 2013, at 2:53 PM
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  • My parents were accomplished gardeners and they finally left brocoli and cauliflower off their list.

    -- Posted by jbillswms on Mon, Jun 3, 2013, at 9:14 PM
  • I guess cauliflower is not a popular plant in anyone's garden. Maybe the silence echoes jbillswms observation about her parent's decision.

    That is kind of a challenge I might take up this fall, but that means starting from seeds since no one will have plants at that time of year. Maybe mid to late September?

    'Organic Gardening' seems to think it is easy to grow but after reading the some of the tips, I do not share the same opinion. It is sensitive to temperature swings (welcome to the South) must get 1" of water a week to a depth of 6", must be weeded carefully since root damage will affect the head, needs blanching, but once you start blanching don't get the leaves or head wet (maybe a wide brimmed rain hat on each one?)

    Here is the whole story http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/cauliflower

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 4, 2013, at 4:01 PM
  • We've never tried to grow it. We may give it a try next year, depending on space.

    Has anyone grown eggplant? This is our first year trying to grow it. We planted some in a container so we could transfer it to the garden once the soil got warm. Once we brought them out and planted them, soon after they died. We planted another bunch last week. And today, we notice that they have done a disappearing act. We grow everything from seeds and normally don't have a problem. But this one is starting to really irritate us.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Tue, Jun 4, 2013, at 5:29 PM
  • Yes, we have grown eggplant, and yes we have had some challenges. Enough that I wish Debbi did not like it so much. :-)

    My first round of 4 plants were all attacked by flea beetles and weakened. One has survived. I planted seeds in the soil this week and am awaiting their arrival.

    You planted them outside? How big were they? If they disappeared entirely, I would suspect a varmint but if some of the plant remained, I would suspect an insect or cutworm.

    Once they get up past 10"+ they can usually withstand some flea beetle damage. (not that I would ignore it and would try to get rid of them) They would also be big enough to discourage cutworms.

    From there we treat them like a determinate tomato. The fruits can get heavy, depending on variety.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jun 5, 2013, at 7:49 AM
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