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Growing Brussel Sprouts

Growing Brussel Sprouts

Sowing season:  March – April
Ready to harvest: 30 weeks

Brussel sprouts are a quintessential winter veg. Famous for christmas dinner. Yet this favorite goes perfect with any Sunday dinner (or any of the other 6 days).

Brussel sprouts can be started indoors or outdoors. However when started in doors can be sown earlier and result in an eralier harvest.

Starting inside:

Fill you pot with compost and make a small impression with you finger. Put a seed into the impression and cover with fine compost. Leave 3 inches between each seed. The seeds need heat to germinate so best to place on a south facing windowsill. Or ideally a window above a radiator, but bare in mind this can dry the seed faster, so pay close attention to this. Germiantion will take upto 2 weeks.

To transfer:

8 weeks after germination the seedlings will be ready to transplant outside. Make sure to leave two and a half feet between plants in each direction. This make seem like alot, but brussel sprout stalks grow quiet large.

Growing outside:

To grow out side you should wait until May or June. Rake your vegetable patch and make a small impression about half an inch deep. Make sure you leave 2 and a half feet between the seeds in each direction. Cover with soil and tamp the soil firm.

Harvest:

After 30 weeks your sprouts are ready for harvest. Simply grab the stalk at the head and gently pull up. The root should come up with the stalk. Chop of the root system and also the head of the plant, you can put this directly into your compost heap. To get the sprouts from the stalk, grab the sprout and pull off the stalk.

Growing tips:

In windy gardens its best to creat a support to help the stalk stay straight.