This is the last year I'm going to grow cauliflower. (Will someone please remind me of this next spring? Thank you.)
1) It takes up a lot of garden real estate as the plants are tall and spread their leaves out a couple of feet in all directions.
2) I dislike the task of tying up the leaves over the growing heads in order to keep them uniform and white.
3) We don't eat cauliflower that much when we have a choice of other (more interesting and colorful on the plate?) vegetables.
At least I cut the number grown this year down to six rather than the usual nine. This was because (I'm finally getting smart? Nah, that couldn't be . . . ) I still have many servings in the freezer from last year.
Considering the fact that some very industrious, and hungry, insects ate so much of the leaves that they resembled lace, the heads themselves look fairly good.
I maybe coulda/shoulda let them grow a while longer, especially that little one on the front left, but I was super tired of untying and then typing up again the leaves when I checked the development of the heads.
Right now I've got the flowerettes soaking in salt water before I blanch them as I'm taking no chances with any relatives of the ugly-buglies that have been dining well on the leaves. I even found one little green worm (eeek!) when I was cutting the heads apart.
What will I plant next year in the space previously allotted to cauliflower? Oh, how about something that will give me real fits? Eggplant! I've NEV-ah been able to successfully grow that.
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