Thank you in advance for any information.
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„I sow the first half of the plants today, ie 25.7., The second half 8-10. August. In addition to the folio, a pair of dozens of plants will go out as well. The comparison will consist of a comparison of varieties, a comparison of two sowing terms, a comparison of foliage / outdoor and a comparison of textile cover / non-cover. Plus, I'll probably try to sow some very early cauliflower directly so that it grows + -like rapeseed by winter. And the last comparison will be the planting of professional seedlings of super-early cauliflower from the first available seedling from the Netherlands, ie sometimes about 8-9. week 2021.“
This inspired me to also try growing cauliflower over the winter, similar experiments with different methods of protection and similar pre-growing dates.
That's why I'm looking for frost-resistant cauliflower seeds. In our country, such a variety was commonly available (Arktur), but the seed company SEMO excluded it from the range because there was little interest in the seeds. I like that Galleon, but so far I haven't found a company in GB that sells these seeds.
PS.: I will still try lettuce (two varieties) and head kale cabbage Arkta (picture).
Flower bed 1
The plants on the left half of the bed will be covered with a standard 19 g / m2 non-woven fabric in winter. On the right half I will use a fabric of 50 g / m2, which is intended, among other things, to protect plants from frost. Winter onions (Augusta, Hiberna and Senshyu) will be planted in the rows on the side. Brasicas will be planted on the two middle rows, always in pairs, so that the skin can be compared to which textile protects the plants.
Flower bed 2
Today I planted cauliflowers in this bed from the sowing on August 7, 2020- Walcheren Winter 5 (5 ks), Aalsmeer (5), Galeon (5), Celebrity (5) a Winter Roscoff (5). Next week I'll put Nine Star Perennial Broccoli (4) here. Due to the pests (Cabbage White and Cabbage Moth), I temporarily covered the planted cauliflowers with a curtain, which will be there for about a month. Then I cover the flowerbed with one of the tunnels (I have them now in the autumn brasicas) and the one above them will remain until spring. As soon as it starts to freeze, I will insulate the tunnel with a non-woven fabric 50 g / m2. I probably won't open the tunnel during the winter. I have watered with a pipe placed in the middle of the flower bed.
Flower bed 3
Here I will gradually plant the remaining Brassicas - Arkta cabbage, Pylon F1 cabbage, Limba and Steel broccoli and also some winter salads - Humil, Apollo, Ledano and King of May. I move the second tunnel to the flower bed. I won't sow salads until tomorrow - there's plenty of time yet.
Flower bed 4
I have not prepared this bed yet, there will only be salads covered with non-woven fabric 19 g / m2.
I would just like to add that the temperature and humidity in the tunnel (even outside) will be measured throughout the winter at a height of about 20 cm above the ground. Surely these will be important data for deciding how to grow Brassicas in the coming years.
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