Brussels sprouts are a superb holiday treat. Like broccoli, these little “cabbages” are full of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and fibre. And after frost, they become sweet, as the plants create sugar for antifreeze! Keep your plants moist and well-mulched during the heat of summer, to ensure your supply of Brussels sprouts until the holidays. These big top-heavy plants are some of the easiest brassicas to grow. You should be able to expect a large harvest from only 4 or 5 plants. Follow along this handy How to Grow Brussels Sprouts and grow mini cabbages this season. Those who do not like brussel sprouts most likely have never any that were home grown. To ensure taste and form there are some things to be taken into consideration when growing them. A close relative to cabbage, brussel sprouts are a cool weather that requires a fertile heavy soil. Cole crops, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale should be only grown in any given area every third year to reduce problems with soil borne disease. Consider planting beans and peas in alternate years as they help increase fertility. Well rotted compost is also a good addition to any bed where brussel sprouts will be grown. You can either start seeds indoors in seedling trays or outside in a seedling bed . It is important to transplant brussel sprouts to encourage a strong root system. Transplant seeds into permanent locations 100 days before last frost and plant seeds 4 to 5 weeks prior to transplanting. Be sure to mulch around the bottom of the plants and water well in the hotter months as brussel sprouts become bitter when allowed to dry out. Harvest when sprouts are an inch in diameter and tight. Breaking off the leaf directly below the sprout will help in sprout production.

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