Bugs really bug me, when they are eating my newly planted cauliflower seedlings literally to death! Trying to grow some home grown veg and at night these sneaky caterpillars come out for a feast! How to stop them eating seedlings without spraying I have just learnt from an older client who originated from Italy. He has been gardening for years and his clever trick I will share with you, along with a few reasons to enjoy the nutrition provided by cauliflower!
It’s so disappointing when you see your seedlings disappear overnight but now I can stop this! He suggested I cut the bottom out of some plastic gardening pots and pop them over the young seedlings. The light can still get in for photosynthesis and growth, but the caterpillars that come out at night don’t like the sharp part of the plastic so wont climb over the side and get down to my plants! Clever, or you can put a complete pot over the top of the seedlings at night so they can’t get in and take the pot off during the day to let the light in. After the plant is well established you can remove the pots as the leaves will no longer be as tender and tasty for the caterpillar.
Why eat Cauliflower anyway?
Here are just a couple of good reasons:
1. Very low in kilojoules- around 100kJ/100grams.
2. Good source of vitamin C, folate and B group vitamins.
3. Has around 2g dietary fibre/100g with the recommended amount per day ~30-40g so this contributes well.
4. It is from the cruciferous or brassicaceae family of vegetables, same family as broccoli and kale. It has similar nutritional and phyto-chemical profile also.
Phytochemicals are a range of natural chemicals that can help prevent disease and support our immune system so including lots of variety of vegetables is the key.
So what else bugs me, the fact that cauliflower doesn't get 'superfood' status like broccoli and kale. Who decides this anyway? I vote cauliflower in, actually I vote all vegetables the title of superfood status!
Enjoy some cauliflower over the winter months in curries, steamed, in stir fry or with a little melted cheese!
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