Other Vegetables

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Phenomenal Cauliflowers

Cast your mind forward to cooler weather in late autumn when roasts and soups will start to be on the menu. Cauliflower is a brilliant vegie to use in so many warming recipes and if you start sowing seed now, you’ll be eating home grown cauliflower in a few months time.

Yates® Cauliflower Phenomenal Early is a popular, early maturing and easy to grow variety.

It produces large, firm heads in 14–18 weeks. It’s best to start cauliflower off in trays of Yates® Seed Raising Mix and transplant the seedlings out into a sunny vegie patch when they’re around 7cm high.

To help grow big healthy cauliflowers, after transplanting the seedlings feed each week with Yates® Thrive® Vegie & Herb Liquid Plant Food (dilute 1–2 capfuls into a 9L watering can and water over the plants and surrounding root zone). As the white heads (called a ‘curd’) develop, fold the leaves over the top to prevent yellowing.

Caterpillar control: ‘brassica’ vegies like cauliflower are adored by cabbage white butterfly caterpillars, which devour leaves. These caterpillars can be controlled by spraying every week with Yates® Nature’s Way Caterpillar Killer Dipel.

Dwarf Beans

Crisp and crunchy beans eaten straight from the garden are delicious and they make a great addition to stir fries and salads. Dwarf (or bush) beans are super easy to grow at home, don’t require a trellis and are ideal for beginner gardeners.

Yates® Dwarf Beans Hawkesbury Wonder is a hardy variety that produces a large crop of flavoursome, high quality flat pods over a long period. January’s hot weather is perfect for sowing dwarf beans in cool and temperate areas as they require soil temperatures consistently above 20 degrees celsius.

It’s best to sow beans direct where they are to grow, in well drained, damp soil in a sunny position. They can also be grown in a medium to large size pot.

Cover the seeds with some Yates® Seed Raising Mix and don’t water for a few days. Seeds will germinate in 7–10 days and mature in only 8–10 weeks. Once the seedlings emerge, feed each week with Yates® Thrive® Flower & Fruit Soluble Plant Food, which contains additional potassium to encourage lots of flowers and bean pods. To promote a long harvest, pick beans regularly.

Beans for the tropics and sub tropics: in warm zones, try some growing snake beans during January. Snake beans have long thin pods (they’re sometimes called the ‘Yard Long’ bean), which are best harvested when the pods are young and sweet.


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