I like eating these little cabbage looking things! Let's grow them! Here's the info from "The Old Farmer's Almanac" https://www.almanac.com/plant/brussels-sprouts
Brussels Sprouts require a long growing season (80+ days to harvest), and are generally more successful when grown for a fall or early winter harvest, as they only increase in flavor after a light frost or two. Brussels sprouts are a cultivar (cultivated variety) of Brassica oleracea, which is the same plant species that cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, and a number of other popular foods stem from. Over generations and generations, this versatile plant has been bred in different ways to highlight its different features: flowers, leaves, and root.
WHEN TO PLANT BRUSSELS SPROUTS To determine planting time, count backwards from your first fall frost date. Direct sow seeds into the garden about 4 months before the first fall frost.
In regions with cold winters, where temperatures are regularly below freezing, start seeds indoors about 2 to 3 weeks before the last spring frost date for an early fall harvest.
In regions with mild winters, where temperatures are occasionally below freezing, start seeds outdoors in early to mid-summer for a mid-fall or early winter harvest.
In regions with warm winters, where temperatures are rarely or never below freezing, start seeds outdoors in late summer for a mid- to late winter harvest.
HOW TO PLANT BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Raised beds are especially recommended for cold-season vegetables, especially when seasons are changing and temps are not consistent.
Work several inches of aged manure and/or compost into soil a few days before planting or transplanting.
If direct sowing seeds, plant ½ inch deep and 2 to 3 inches apart.
Plant transplanted seedlings 12 to 24 inches apart.
Water well at time of planting/transplanting and with 1 to 1 ½ inches per week thereafter.
Thin plants to 12 to 24 inches apart when they reach 6 inches tall.
Fertilize with a nitrogen-rich product after thinning. Repeat every 3 to 4 weeks.
Mulch to retain moisture and keep the soil temperature cool.
If growing during hot weather, be sure to keep the plants well watered.
Do not disturb the soil around the plants; roots are shallow and susceptible to damage.
Remove yellowing leaves to allow for more sunlight on the stalk and focus plant energy on healthy growth.
To encourage plants to head up faster, cut off the top leaves 3 to 4 weeks before harvest.
To harvest leaves during winter, leave top leaves intact; they provide protection from snow.
Cover plants with 10 to 12 inches of mulch if you plan to harvest into the winter.
HARVEST/STORAGEHOW TO HARVEST BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Sprouts mature from the bottom of the stalk upwards. Harvest sprouts from the bottom when they reach about 1 inch in diameter.
If desired, after a moderate frost, pull up the entire stalk, roots and all. (Remove leaves first.) Then hang stalk upside down in a cool, dry basement or garage or barn.
Store stalks (no roots) for about 1 month in a root cellar or basement.
This variety is called "Long Island Improvement" 90 days to mature. I planted seeds on 9/25/2020. Maybe little late in the game, but we'll see!
10/1/2020. Successfully germinated! It was quick!!
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