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Posted on 31 December 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

How to Grow Cauliflower – A Cool Season Friend

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Growing up as a child, cauliflower was only consumed as a treat.

It seemed to me that this vegetable was like royalty.

The white head was like a crown of delightfulness but when I moved out on my own I learned the truth about cauliflower.

Cauliflower can be an easy vegetable to grow with or without land.

he keys to remember when growing this vegetable are numerous. One, this vegetable is a cole or cool season crop and does not do well in hot weather. Two, this vegetable likes a firm, fertile soil that has a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. Three, avoid disturbing the firm soil whenever possible and create firm soil around the plant whenever possible.

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Posted on 30 May 2009 by urbangardencasual.com

Brassica Oleracea – One Species With Many Faces

kale1By Vanessa Richins

As I proudly proclaimed to everyone, I’m a garden geek.

There are so many cool facts you can learn about the plant world that are quite surprising.

I think it makes gardening itself much more fun.

One of my favorite facts:

What do broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale and kohlrabi have in common?

They are all the same species.

How can that be possible, you ask? All of these plants are too similar, as far as genetics go, to be sorted out into their own species.

Botanists sort out all the different plants according to how closely they are related. It starts with the Kingdom (which includes all plants) and gets more specific, down to the individual plant level of the Species. The levels of classification for these vegetables are all:

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