Saturday, February 18, 2017

Planting Brussels sprout

Brussels sprouts are susceptible to cabbage disease, cutworms, and insect pests common to the cabbage family. Therefore, brussels sprout seeds should be planted in a garden are not previously used for cabbage, cauliflower, collard, kohlrabi, radishes or broccoli.

Brussels sprouts prefer a humus-rich soil, full sun and well drained soil. Well prepared soil will help to ensure that the sprouts are flavorful, sweet and mild.

Brussels sprouts may be planted in early or mid-spring for a harvest in late fall and winter. The frosts of autumn and winter improved the flavor of sprouts. In the United Kingdom, growers may plant Brussels sprouts in August or early September, allowing plants to overwinter in the field.

Spacing the plants farther apart means the farmer can harvest over a longer period. Some compost or dried manure is added to the planting hole and much around the base of the plant to retain soil moisture.

Once that sprouts are beginning to grow where the leaves join the stems, break off any lower leaves.
Planting Brussels sprouts
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