Growing Brussels Sprouts

Growing Brussels Sprouts

Did you know Brussels Sprouts is double plural? I totally thought it was Brussel Sprouts until auto correct changed it :0) Learn something new every day!

So… if you love brussels sprouts and love a good adventure you should definitely grow brussels in your Tower Garden. Like many fall veggies, they require patience and a little effort.

To learn more, checkout 10 Ways Brussels Sprouts Benefit Your Health

Planting time!

  1. Brussels are cool season crop so its best time to start is in early spring or fall but preferably in fall when temps are brisk and even frosty.
  2. If starting from seed, plant 2-3 seeds in moist rockwool .
  3. Seedlings are ready for your Tower Garden when they are 2-3″ tall and have roots growing out the rockwool. (Buy seedlings)
  4. Brussels are the most productive with minimum 6 hours of direct sunlight each day (not recommended for indoor growing).
  5. To protect plants from Aphids, Cabbage loopers, Diamondback moth, Harlequin bugs, Thrips, and Powdery mildew, follow these simple steps.
  6. Brussels take about 90 days to harvest but one plant can yield 3 lbs of sprouts!
Photo credit: Jackie Sweet, Birmingham, AL
Photo credit: Jackie Sweet, Birmingham, AL

Harvest time!

  1. After about 90 days, you should notice little buds growing along the plant’s main stalk above the base of each leaf.
  2. Harvest from the bottom of the plant up once they are about 1–2 inches in diameter by twisting until they snap off of the stalk or with a sharp knife.
  3. Cut away leaves around the sprouts and cook these nutrient-rich leaves as you would collard greens πŸ™‚
  4. If a hard freeze is coming, cut off the top few inches of your plant to focus energy on maturing the remaining sprouts over the following weeks.

Eating time!

So many great way to eat brussels sprouts! Here a few of my favorite (not necessarily healthiest!) recipes:

  1. Garlic & Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Erren’s Kitchen.
  2. Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon from Food Network’s Sunny Anderson.
  3. Bacon-wrapped Brussels Sprouts from Tasty.
  4. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad With Roasted Beets, Pecans And Goat Cheese from Foodie Crush.
  5. and a healthy recipe Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Ina Garten.
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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad With Roasted Beets, Pecans And Goat Cheese

In conclusion, if you have any tips for growing your own brussels or favorite recipes, let me know!

Keep Growing! Sheree

Info from personal experience, Tower Garden: How to Grow Brussels Sprouts That Will Make You Say, β€œBooyah!” and The National Gardening Association: Brussels Sprout Essentials (for dirt gardens).

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