Cauliflowers do best in very fertile soil. Dig in well-rotted manure or organic matter before planting. Firm the soil by treading before planting

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If growth is checked, at any time during growth, they produce small, deformed heads. To avoid problems, water plants well the day before planting and make a hole deep enough to hold the plant with the lowest leaves at ground level. Fill this hole repeatedly with water. This will fill the hole with soil and ensure the plant is sitting in a large area of moist soil. Firm the soil very well against the roots

Space summer and autumn cropping types 60cm (2ft) apart and winter cultivars 75cm (2.5ft) apart; spacing 30-45cm (12-18in) apart, provides mini, ‘1 person’ curds

Water well in dry weather, watering every 10 days, and applying sufficient water to thoroughly wet the root zone. Once the plants are growing well, add 30g per square metre of high nitrogen fertiliser (Sulphate of Ammonia) to boost growth and curd formation