How to grow the perfect cauliflower?


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I have a small vegetable patch in a new garden and want to try my hand at planting cauliflower. I have been pretty successful in the past with growing quite a few different types of vegetables, but have never been able to grow cauliflower that well. I always end up with the head of the cauliflower being loose and yellowish, any tips on growing the perfect cauliflower?
 
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Looks like I asked difficult question - after some more research and talking to the elderly couple across the road (our new neighbors) it appears my problems have been down to the soil constancy. Apparently they need a very firm and heavy soil and filled over the top with nutrients. Will report back later in the year keep em crossed for me.
 
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Like most vegetables, cauliflower needs at least 6 hours of full sun each day; more is better. It also needs fertile, well-drained, moist soil with plenty of rich organic matter. The soil pH should be between 6.5 and 6.8 for optimum growth and to discourage clubroot disease. Set out spring transplants early enough so that they can mature before the heat of summer but not so early that they are frozen.
 
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Nelson castro - thanks for the extra tips will be checking out the soil PH, its something I haven't done before so will be interesting to see what PH my soil is, again thanks
 
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Going to test the soil (ph) but only just realized there’s more than one way to do this. Have seen “Hydroponic Soil Moisture Light PH Meter Tester” and what I thought would be the standard the simple ones whereby you put your soil in a test tube. Just wondered if anyone has got any recommendations. At the moment think I will go with a basic (test tube ones) soil test kit unless anyone can advise otherwise?
 
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Most brassicas prefer reletively firm soil, so it's worth treading it down before planting if you've been lifting/turning or adding fresh compost etc. Cauliflowers are really heavy feeders, which is why they are traditionly used in a bed that has had plenty of well rotted manure added, but they also tend to need feeding throughout the growing season too. To keep the curds white, you need to wrap the outer leaves around it to protect from the sun, as that's what turns it yellow. The other option is to use purple or yellow cauliflowers that are around at the moment, as far as I'm aware they don't require the same sun protection, and look pretty good too!

Regarding the PH tester, I guess it depends how often you'd use it? If you're going to pay out more money it'd only really be worth it if you would get a reasonable amount of use out of it.
 
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I like the idea from JoJo about wrapping the leaves and also the purple and yellow plants certainly food for thought ( no pun intended). On the PH tester have gone for a basic kit very cheep from Amazon should get it early next week - cheers
 

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