HOW TO GROW BRUSSELS SPROUTS IN YOUR GARDEN
PLANTING BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
- Start by sowing seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost.
- Alternatively, you can also sow seeds outdoors 4 months before the first fall frost, although we do recommend starting them indoors for best results.
- Raised beds are recommended when growing brussels sprouts since they are a cold weather vegetable and weather can change drastically.
- A few days before transplanting, work some fertilizer into your soil.
- Plant seedlings 12-24 inches apart.
- If you're sowing seeds directly into the ground, plant them 1/2 inch deep, and 2-3 inches apart. Once plants have reached 6 inches in height, thin them to 12-24 inches apart.
- Water well after planting.
CARING FOR BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
- Fertilize three weeks after transplanting.
- Mulch heavily to retain moisture and keep the soil cool.
- Since roots are shallow and easily prone to damage, do not cultivate.
HARVESTING BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
- You can harvest brussels sprouts from the bottom of the stalks once they reach about 1 inch in diameter.
- Do not wash the sprouts before storing them – only right before you plan to use them.
- If you're planning on a winter harvest, keep brussels sprouts plants safe by covering them with straw.