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- - Start by sowing Brussels sprout seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area.
- Use seed trays or pots filled with seed compost and sow the seeds about 1/4 inch deep.
- Keep the seed trays or pots in a propagator or cover them with a plastic bag to retain moisture and warmth.
- Once the seedlings have grown to about 3 inches tall and have several leaves, they are ready to be transplanted.
- When all danger of frost has passed, transplant the seedlings into the garden. Choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil.
- Space the plants about 18 inches apart in rows that are 2-3 feet apart. Water the plants in well after transplanting.
- Water the plants every 7-10 days during dry spells, and fertilise them every 4-6 weeks with an organic balanced fertiliser.
- Keep an eye out for pests such as aphids and caterpillars, and diseases such as clubroot and black rot.
- Use organic methods such as neem oil or insecticidal soap to control pests, and remove any infected plants to prevent the spread of disease.
- Brussels sprouts are ready to harvest about 3-4 months after transplanting, when the sprouts are about 1-1.5 inches in diameter.
- To harvest, twist the sprouts off the stem, starting from the bottom and working your way up. Leave the top 2-3 leaves on each plant to continue to nourish the remaining sprouts.
How to Grow Brussels Sprouts
Sow Seeds Indoors
February (under cover)
Sow Seeds Outdoors
Time to Harvest
From August, through to January (Best picked after frost! Harvest from the bottom, up)
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