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Learning to grow Brussels sprouts

Baby Brussels sproutsI've never grown Brussels sprouts before, but thought I'd give it a try this year.  I put them out a bit late, but some are already starting to form little sprouts in the leaf axils, so hopefully we'll get at least a few before the killing frosts come.

Various websites suggest that you might or might not want to remove the lower leaves once the first sprouts begin to form.  Others mention topping the plant so it will put its energy into bulking up existing sprouts rather than forming tiny new heads that will be wiped out by killing frosts.

Has anyone out there grown Brussels sprouts?  Did you cut off leaves and/or tops, or leave the plant alone?

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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 have never put much thought or effort into my brussels. They get watered pretty consistently because we have our system on a timer. Other than that, I do nothing to them. They produce wonderfully.
Comment by liz Mon Sep 24 09:14:44 2012
I like the pool storage method. They are per gallon the cheapest way to go. And on top of it you can grow both meat and plants using one hydroponic methods. The plants thrive on fish by products. I know a fingerling catfish runs about 20 cents each and ready to eat in 6 months.
Comment by Olan Mon Sep 24 10:36:58 2012

Liz --- That's how we manage our broccoli and cabbage, and I was hoping we could do the same with the brussels sprouts. Glad to hear it works for you!

Olan --- That's an excellent point --- those cheap wading pools are easy to put up for the summer and take down for the winter. The only downside is that they eventually break down, so you're putting trash in the landfill.

Comment by anna Mon Sep 24 12:45:37 2012

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