The Q&A Archives: Growing Brussel Sprouts

Question: I've looked at your FAQ but none are really basic. I'm in zone 5, how do I get started with my sprouts (besides buying seed from the Burp)
Cultural instructions appreciated.

Answer: Brussels sprouts are normally started during the summer and then grown in the fall and even after frost. This makes the sprouts sweet. They also grow best in cool moist weather so the timing works rather well. These plants need very rich soil that is evenly moist yet well drained rather than soggy. (You may need to water them.) The pH should be near 6.0 for best results. They need full sun and you will probably need to protect them from cabbage loopers with either floating row covers or regular applications of bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). The seeds should be planted about four months ahead of your average first fall frost date (in other words, count back). You can harvest them over a long time by picking the well formed ones from the bottom of the stalk first and gradually working your way up. Enjoy

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