Last year I had the best harvest of Brussels sprouts ever. I’ve grown Brussels sprouts several times before, but they never grew very well and we always ended up with puny Brussels sprouts. What did I do different last year? Well, two things.
1. I planted them earlier. To be exact, I planted them a month earlier than I ever had. They went into the garden at the end of April last year. Even though we still had a few snow showers after I planted them, they survived just fine.
2. They Got Full Sun. Since they are a cold crop, I’ve always planted them in my part shade garden. But our growing season in Minnesota is very short, and Brussels sprouts need a long time to mature. So to kick start their growth, I planted them in an area that gets full sun from the time the sun peeks over the horizon, until the time it sets at night.
Brussels sprouts were one of the first things I planted last year, and one of the last things I harvested. It’s amazing how cold hardy they are. They were snowed on several times, both in the spring and in the fall. But, Brussels sprouts taste better after being touched by frost, and we were not disappointed. I’ll be repeating these steps this year for sure, except with several more Brussels sprouts plants. We can never have enough Brussels sprouts in this house.
Do you grow Brussels sprouts?
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