This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
I have been successful in raising Cauliflower, and as there appears to be a want of success - so far as I am acquainted - I will give you my method of cultivation. I sow my seed in the open air at the same time I do for cabbage. I am not anxious to raise hot-bed plants, or even early plants, for I find they do not do as well in our long hot seasons as later ones. From the 20th to the 30th of May is early enough for our latitude and our deep, rich sandy soil. On the 10th of June, 1870, I spaded up a bed of the Wilson Strawberry, which had just yielded its last picking of fruit, burying the tops deep in the soil, and the same day set out the ground with Cauliflower. They did well, forming fine curd-like heads of fair sue. Last season I set my plants on the 25th of May, and although the season was one of severe and continuous drouth, they did well, nearly all forming handsome heads, some of which wore very large. One head cut short as it could be and closely trimmed, weighed twenty-eight pounds.
These plants were set between the rows of early potatoes. - Ex.