The Cottage Gardener

The Cottage Gardener Online Catalogue

We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.




  1. Brassica oleracea var capitata
    A Description of Cauliflower

    Brassica oleracea var capitata

    History: Cauliflower has a long history. Descended from the wild cabbage, it was mentioned by Gerarde in 1597 although it was very rare in England at that time. It was not refined or grown for market until 1700. Immigrants brought their love for this delicate vegetable with them to North America. Cauliflower has a long reputation as being challenging to grow, requiring much hand labour. It loves cool, wet conditions and a lack of regular watering is its downfall. In addition, the leaves had to be tied over the head to maintain the beautiful ivory colour (called blanching). In the 19th century it was primarily grown in prosperous households as it was considered a luxury food item. Cultivation: Sow indoors 5-6 weeks before the last frost for a spring crop. Sow 1/4" deep and lightly cover seeds. For a fall crop sow 75 days before the first frost. Cauliflower needs average temperatures of 15C, so you may find it better to grow them as a fall crop. Plant out about 2 ft apart; keep well-watered and mulched. Companions: onions, oregano, hyssop and thyme all deter the cabbage moth; chamomile enhances flavour; dill improves growth.


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