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Is it worth topping Brussels sprouts late?

Topped Brussels sprout

Is it worth topping your Brussels sprout plants if you don't think of it until late October?  I meant to answer this question by topping every other plant and then comparing the results over the winter.

The trouble is that the tops tasted really good.  And the topped plants just seemed to be growing bigger sprouts over the following week.  So I topped them all...meaning I have no useful data.

What I do have is scads of brussels sprouts plumping up on the stems of my plants.  Although not a good experiment, this is definitely a culinary and gardening success.  Yum!

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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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