This versatile vegetable in the Brassica Family is an excellent nutrient-dense option to try your hand at growing. High in fiber and water, cauliflower supports the digestive system and contains vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy heart and balanced metabolism.
Its mild flavor lends well to a wide range of recipes, even leading it to be a popular substitute for rice or wheat in low-carbohydrate diets. While the head of the cauliflower is the part most commonly consumed, the stems and leaves are also edible and can be added to soup or used in a similar fashion to cabbage.
Growing cauliflower in GardenSoxx® | Plant Family: Brassicaceae
Nutritional Information For Cauliflower
Nutritional Facts - per 100/g
|Nutrient||Amount||% Daily Value|
|Total Fat||0.3 g||-|
|Dietary Fiber||2 g||-|
How to Grow Cauliflower in Your GardenSoxx®
Cooler weather is needed in order for cauliflower to form its head, so while the crop can be planted in early spring, it is an excellent fall crop as well. If planting in spring, seeds should be started indoors for a variety that has a bit of a shorter growing cycle (some varieties only take 50-60 days to produce a harvest). If planting a fall crop, you can sow seeds outdoors around mid-summer, planting them about 12 inches apart, in moist but well-draining soil.
Cauliflower Seed to Harvest Time: 80 - 100 days
How to Harvest Cauliflower
Once the head of the cauliflower grows to be about 3-4 inches in diameter, it can get discolored by too much sunlight and may turn bitter - so many gardeners will choose to “blanch” the cauliflower by enclosing it in its own leaves for about 10 days before it is ready to harvest. Once this process is complete, cut the cauliflower off its stem, along with the outer leaves.