brussel sprouts

How to Grow- Brussel Sprouts

growing brussel sprouts

Start with some seeds...

Everything I’ve ever read about growing Brussel Sprouts said to start the seeds indoors about a month before the last spring frost.
Since they take at least 120 days from seed to table, this made sense in my growing area.

growing brussel sprouts

after about 120 days...

Until I happened to read in a Johnny’s Seeds catalog (love their catalog!) that Brussels taste better after a few frosts.

Hmmm… Mandolin has always claimed that Brussels tasted a little bitter to him, I wonder if a few frosts will improve that.

growing brussel sprouts

good eatin'.

So my recommendation to you is to plant seeds outside directly, about 120 days before your first fall frost is expected.
Give them lots of love, good compost, and keep them well watered.

You can harvest them as they mature up the stalk, or pinch back the top of the stalk to encourage them all to get bigger together.

Botanical name: Brassica oleracea
Yield: Numerous brussels per seed planted.
Spacing: 18″
Days to maturity: 110-125
Storage: Freeze, or store in cold holding right on the stalk.

Cream of Brussel Sprout Soup
Brussels with Cranberries

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