How to Grow Brussels Sprouts at Home

How to Grow Brussels Sprouts at Home

Who else thinks brussels sprouts get a bad rap? Contrary to popular belief, they’re not just nutritional, but delicious too. In fact, all you have to do is grill them up and they make the perfect side dish to any meal. They’re easy to get your hands on too. You can either pick them up at your local grocery store or plant them in your backyard. If you rather go with the latter choice, check out our steps on how to harvest them below:

Step 1: Sow your seeds. This should be done around 5 to 6 weeks before you plan on placing the seeds into your garden. Plant the seeds into your pots roughly 1/2 inch deep, and then keep the pots somewhere indoors near a window. You can expect germination to happen within 2 to 5 days.

Step 2: Prepare the garden. Approximately 2 to 3 weeks before transplanting the seeds, cultivate the soil and throw in some organic compost. This is vital for the brussels sprouts to grow properly, since they develop best in loose, moist soil. The pH level should be between 6.0 and 6.5, so add the appropriate fertilizer if necessary.

Step 3: Transplant your seeds into the garden.  Once the seedlings are 4 to 6 weeks old and around 6 inches tall, they’re ready to be dropped into the garden. Start by taking the plants out of the pots and drenching their roots balls in a mixture of fertilizer and water. Then, place the plants 24 to 30 inches apart from one another in the garden.

Step 4: Water the plants at their base. Like any part of nature, these seedlings need to be watered throughout the growing season, so that they continue to grow and sprout. You should, however, let the ground to dry between watering, since they don’t like standing water.

Step 5: Treat the soil. On top of the soil that surrounds the plants, add an organic compost. This will feed the plants the nutrients they need and provide them with a shield from annoying weeds.  Also, spray the brussels sprouts with a nitrogen fertilizer every couple of weeks.

Step 6: Harvest your brussels sprouts. Beginning at the bottom of the plant, start picking off your sprouts, which should be roughly 1 to 1 and 1/2 inches in diameter. These typically taste the sweetest, since they are the most mature. Once you’ve got the brussels sprouts in your hands, you’re ready to enjoy this tasty vegetable.

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