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All About Brussels Sprouts

CAN I GROW BRUSSELS SPROUTS?

Brussels sprouts are relatively easy to grow and take up little space in the garden. They must be started indoors 4 weeks before your last frost date. This is a long season crop - planted in spring for a fall harvest.
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PLANT HISTORY

Grown for centuries but popularized by Thomas Jefferson, who introduced Brussels sprouts to America in the early 1800's.
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BRUSSELS SPROUT SEEDS OR PLANTS?

Brussels sprouts must be started indoors 4 weeks before your last frost date. This is a long season crop, planted in spring for a fall harvest.
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CULTIVATION

Brussels sprouts like well nourished soils.
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BRUSSELS SPROUT GROWING TIPS

Plant the sprouts 2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart. Provide at least an inch of water per week.
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INSECTS & DISEASES

Sometimes susceptible to the same pests and diseases as other cabbage family members - so avoid planting Brussels sprouts or any of their relatives in the same spot each year.
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BRUSSELS SPROUT HARVEST TIPS

Wait until after your first frost to begin the Brussels sprout harvest. This "frosting" improves the flavor and sweetness. To harvest, simply twist the sprouts off the stem, gathering only as many as you need at one time. The remaining sprouts will keep on the plants through part of the winter. You can even pick Brussels sprouts when there's snow on the ground.
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RECIPES & STORAGE

Brussels sprouts are tasty both raw and cooked. Steaming and boiling are the favorite of most gardeners. Sprouts keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
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