Could you please tell me why my cauliflower and broccoli sprouts grow to between 5-6 feet tall? I am not getting much yield, as everything seems to go into these massive stalks.
It sounds like the soil has too much nitrogen. have the soil tested, and add some phosphorous to offset the nitrogen.
All the flower heads on my winter cauliflowers have disappeared. Have they been eaten, and if so, by what?
It is hard to say what may have eaten the heads. The common culprits would be deer, squirrels or rabbits. Many of these animals are searching for anything edible to eat in the winter and will eat anything they find.
For ten years I have had success growing all kinds of vegetables, except cauliflower. The head came up with a brown color instead of white. Also, I have had fig trees (this year makes three) with little growth and no fruit. They are more like bushes. Some tips for these problems would be great.
You may want to look into blanching your cauliflower heads. Brown cauliflower heads typically mean that the heads are too old. But what may be happening in your case is that the cauliflower does not look white and you are not aware that it needs to be harvested. Blanching may help.
This article will give more info on fig care:
Fig trees do not fruit typically until their 3rd year and up to their 5th year, so you may see fruit this year.
The article says to tie the cauliflower, but it doesn't specify the time or place on the plant itself to tie the string. I have never seen a cauliflower plant and do not know if the head is close to the ground like cabbage. I know it's a silly question, but guys, I really need the help.
It is not a silly question. They grow close to the ground like a cabbage. the cauliflower head will have leaves growing on the edges. These leaves get tied over top of the head to blanch the head and give it a milder taste. You can also simply cover the head with a bag a few days before you harvest to blanch it that way.
When you say to tie the cauliflower in your article, what do you mean, like where to tie it and how tight? This is my first year trying to grow it and I want it to come out right. Someone told me to clip the first floret head I see to make it grow larger; is that true?
You need to tie the leaves over the head to blanch it. Do not cut the floret. This will cause the plant to grow a scattered shaped head instead of a tight head.
Do you take need to take the leaves and tie them together so the head is covered? If so, when do you tie them up?
You can try placing the entire head in pantyhose or other suitable nylon stocking until ready for harvesting.
Here is an article or two that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/broccoli/how-to-grow-broccoli.htm
I'm new to gardening and was wondering when and how to tie cauliflower heads, leaves, etc.
Spring-planted cauliflower heads should be covered or blanched when 2 inches in diameter to exclude light and produce pure white heads. To blanch, tie the outer leaves up and over the developing head.