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Brussels Sprouts

brussels-sproutsPlant 2 to 3 weeks before last frost date. Brussels sprouts are a cool weather crop. We recommend purchasing transplants from a nursery. Brussels sprouts grow well in containers. Fill the 13 inch round container with soil to 5 inches below the rim. Remove the transplant from the container it comes in even if it is peat. This allows the roots to expand. Be careful not to damage any of the roots and place in the middle of the container. Fill the container to one inch below the rim of the container making sure all roots are covered with soil. Do not cover the stem with soil.

After about one month remove the growing tip of the plant which is the upper most bud. This will encourage more growth of the Brussels sprouts. Harvest in about 3 months. You want to wait until very late in the season to allow the sprouts to mature. Pick the sprouts when they are about ¾ of an inch in diameter. At this time the bottom leaves will start turning yellow.

Store the Brussels sprouts in the crisper area of your refrigerator in a sealable bag. You can also wash the sprouts, dry them and put in a freezer bag in the freezer for longer term storage.