Brussels Sprouts

 

Brussels sprouts – we either love or hate them.  These are not only eaten at Christmas time, but can be enjoyed from August to March.  I have grown these Brussels sprouts in raised beds in my garden, using organic compost.

Brussels sprouts prefer a sunny position, and neutral, moist, well-drained soil.  When transplanting these plants, bury the stems up to the first leaves to prevent cabbage root flies and press firmly around the plants.  Support the plants as they grow by inserting canes or stakes to prevent the them being rocked by the wind.

Start harvesting in late autumn when the sprouts are firm. You can either dig up the whole plant when they are ready and store in a frost-free place, or you can start from the bottom of the plant by removing  what you need using a sharp knife.

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