One of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat are the lowly Brussels sprouts.
And it’s true that almost everyone in Brussels, Belgium eats them – that is where the name comes from.
Brussels sprouts are very easy to grow and harvest. They last a long time after in storage.
Here are some tips for growning one of the best vegetables around, from SimpleGreenLiving:
How to grow Brussels sprouts – planting
This is a cool season vegetable which means that it will do its growing and produce during Winter. You can sow seeds from mid to late summer and then transplant in Autumn.
The soil needs to be well prepared with compost and once planted you need to give them plenty of water during the growing season.
Long term care Harvesting Brussels sprouts
13 – 15 weeks after transplanting you should be able to harvest your first Brussels sprouts.
Simply strip away the lower leaves (give to chickens or into the compost heap) and start picking the sprouts from the bottom up. I found it easier to use a sharp knife to slice them off the stalk.
Pests and diseases are the hardest to deal with over the length of the plant’s lifespan.
All brassicas suffer from the same pests and can be treated with organic pest control by picking off the little caterpillars before they start munching away at the leaves.
All brassica’s (cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower) are demanding plants on soil nutrients, so make sure to plan a root vegetable or legumes in this spot once you have harvested the stalk.
How to grow Brussels sprouts…
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