Along with telling you about the different varieties, Cathy Isom lets you know how to start growing your own Brussel Sprouts at home. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
Brussels sprouts are great-tasting winter vegetables. While green sprouts are a common sight, you can also grow red or purple varieties if you want to add extra color to your dinner plate.
Sprouts are an excellent source of many nutrients, such as vitamins C and D. These slow-growing plants don’t start to produce sprouts until they reach their full height, however, so you’ll need patience to successfully cultivate this crop. In return, you’ll be rewarded with a continuous supply of great-tasting bite-sized delights.
There are a wide range of varieties of sprouts available. However, your choice is limited to varieties that suit your growing conditions. You can either purchase sprouts as young plants or grow them from seed. Seeds are best started off under cover in modular seedling trays. Depending on the variety, you can start sowing as early as February. Brussels sprouts are a hardy crop that can grow in most locations. Ideally your chosen site will receive between 5-6 hours of sunlight every day.
Companion planting is a great way to encourage healthy crop growth. It’s also a way of attracting beneficial insects and preventing the spread of disease. Brussels sprouts do well alongside other members of the Brassica family such as kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli.
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How to grow Brussel Sprouts from seed
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Brussel Sprouts how to grow brussel sprouts. I grew these in Ashland, Wisconsin summer 2012, using only composted manure and a manure tea from time to time. Brussel sprouts Diablo variety.