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How to Grow Your Own Brussel Sprouts!

Brussel Sprouts blog post
Brussel sprouts are a cool season, slow-growing crop. In warmer areas it is important to start these indoors so that they get a head start before it gets too warm.

How to Grow:

Brussel sprouts are planted indoors 6-10 weeks before your last spring frost and 14-16 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Brussel sprout seeds are planted 1/2 inch deep, 1 per square, in the full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Brussel sprouts will sprout within 7-14 days with constant moisture.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for <plant name>:

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Harvesting:

Brussel sprouts are a slow growing crop that will be ready to harvest in approximately 26-31 weeks. Brussel sprouts are harvested from the bottom of the stalk once they are approximately 1 inch. Simply twist the sprouts to remove them or use a knife or scissors to make it easier.

Cooking & Eating!

Brussel sprouts are not only tasty themselves, but their leaves are great as well included into a stir-fry. If you are storing brussel sprouts in the refrigerator, do not wash, just simply place in a plastic bag.

 

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