How to grow Brussels sprouts in pots and your garden
Brussels sprouts are a cold weather crop that are in the same family as cabbage. Brussels sprouts are a garnish that are packed with vitamins and minerals. Although they have a long growing season, Brussels sprouts will increase in flavor after a few snowfalls. Learn how to grow Brussels sprouts with this super easy to follow gardening guide and reap the delicious benefits of this wonderful vegetable.
SOWING BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
- Start by sowing the seed indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last snowfall in the spring.
- Alternatively, you can also start the seeds outdoors 4 months before the first fall snowfall, although we recommend starting them indoors for best results.
- Raised flower beds are recommended when growing Brussels sprouts as they are a cold weather vegetable and the weather can change dramatically.
- A few days before transplanting, add a little fertilizer to the soil.
- Sow the seedlings 30-60 cm apart.
- If you are sowing the seeds directly into the ground, plant them 1/2 inch deep, and 2-3 inches apart. Once the plants are 15 cm tall, crowd them 30-60 cm apart.
- Water well after sowing.
TAKE CARE OF BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
Fertilize three weeks after transplanting. Fertilize well to retain moisture and keep the soil cool. Since the roots are shallow and prone to damage, do not force it.
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HARVEST BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
You can harvest the Brussels sprouts from the base of the stem once they are 2,5-3 cm in diameter. Don’t wash cabbages before storing – just before using. If you’re planning a winter harvest, keep Brussels sprouts safe by covering straw.
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