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Brussels sprout in the cold frame

Young Brussels sprout

I stuck one of our baby brussels sprouts in the cold frame last fall, figuring it would produce for us later into the winter than the others. But instead, shade (I assume) stunted the youngster and it sat with four or five true leaves for months. I eventually wrote it off as a dud.

Imagine my surprise when spring arrived...and the dud started to grow! It's now looking like we might get May brussels sprouts from this little overwinterer --- the plant seems not to have matured enough in the fall to prompt it to flower this spring like you might have expected.

"Do that times ten next year," begged my brussels-sprout-loving husband.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I had two brussel sprouts that didn't really grow and did survive the winter and look like they are growing, I am hopeful with you.
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