Back in 2010, I successfully grew a cauliflower. It had taken three seasons, but I’d finally broken the cauli hoodoo with a 4lb corker.
Overjoyed, I was sure that I’d mastered this notoriously fickle vegetable. However, 2011 came and went with a cauliflower blank, and checking my plants recently, it looked like 2012 would go the same way.
But no! From nowhere, this popped up:
Vegetables Make Me Jump
As silly as it sounds, some things genuinely make me jump on the plot, and I don’t mean the wind blowing the shed door shut, or a cat jumping unexpectedly out of my compost heap. I mean the vegetables. For example, I’m often startled by the manner in which a courgette visibly grows during a summer’s day.
Likewise, the growth of cauliflowers surprises me. This has happened at both successful cauli harvests. I don’t know if it is just me bloke looking, but I surveyed my plants just a few weeks ago and there was no sign of any maturing cauliflowers.
Cheered Up by Nature
Sometimes, nature has a funny way of cheering us up. After a tough season when very little went right, I’ve managed to grow a really difficult vegetable for only the second time in 5 years of allotmenteering. That’s enough to bring a big smile to my face as I gently picked the big yellow treat and dreamt of smothering it in a bucketful of cheese.
A Cauli Reprieve?
Ironically, I was going to give up growing cauliflowers next year. We don’t eat many, and with a lot less space available in my garden, I was all ready to strike them off my seed list.
Could a reprieve be on the cards? I’ll need to give it some thought, once I’ve got a rough plan for my Patch from Scratch down on paper. I could fill the space that four cauliflower plants take up with something far more reliable, productive, and expensive to buy.
Then again, having caulis in the garden rather than the plot gives me the opportunity to give these challenging plants the regular attention they require.