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. ________________________________________
Brussels Sprout History
In the 13th century brussel sprouts were cultivated near Brussels, from which they got their name. Early ancestors of the brussel sprout were believed to have been grown in ancient Roman times before they were popularized in Europe and the rest of the world. After being grown for centuries, Thomas Jefferson introduced Brussels sprouts to America in the early 1800's. ________________________________________
Should I Grow 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. ________________________________________
How Do I Culivate Brussels Sprouts?
Brussels sprouts like well nourished soils. ________________________________________
Brussels Sprout Growing Tips
Plant the sprouts 2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart. Provide at least an inch of water per week.
Brussel sprouts are susceptible to the same pests and diseases as other brassica cabbage family members - so avoid planting Brussels sprouts or any of their relatives in the same spot each year. ________________________________________
Brussels Sprout Harvesting 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. ________________________________________
Brussels Sprout 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.