For a nutritious, cruciferous and cabbage-licious treat, try growing Brussels sprouts. They're a fantastically frugal way to turn your kitchen garden gourmet. And if you remember to harvest these Brassican beauties early, you'll have a delicious treat that's just about as cute as a bumpy green garden vegetable can be.
Growing Brussels Sprouts
|When to sow indoors||4-6 weeks before last frost|
|When to sow outdoors||Early summer for fall crop (warm regions), later for cooler regions|
|Germination soil temperature||75° – 80°F|
|Germination length||5-8 days|
|When to transplant||4-6 weeks|
Jade Cross E (dwarf)
Roodnerf (open pollinated)
|pH range||6.0 – 7.5|
|Soil temperature||60° – 65°F|
|Spacing||16 – 18"|
|Watering||Moderate and even|
|Light||Full sun or light shade|
N = moderate
P = high
K = high
|Fertilizer schedule||Every 3 – 4 weeks|
|When to harvest||When buds are firm, preferably after a frost or two|
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