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organic brussel sproutsOrganic Brussel Sprouts – How to Grow

Growing organic brussel sprouts is not as difficult as you might think.  Organic brussel spouts can be a vegetable that takes its time to grow.  One of the great things about them though is that they can stand up to some frost, so if you’re like me and enjoy getting your vegetables into the ground a little early, then a bit of frost isn’t going to hurt the organic brussel sprouts.  Matter of fact, we’ve had a very mild winter here in Michigan, last week, even though it’s March, we had a few 80 degree days and everything was starting to pop around here.  Spent last night draping sheets over our blooming trees with my wife because we knew we were going to be waking up to 24 degree temperatures.  The organic brussel sprouts were one thing we didn’t have to worry about getting covered up.

Organic Brussel Sprouts – Don’t wait any longer

Now, I must admit that I was well into my forties before I had my first plate of organic brussel sprouts and I was very upset that I had waited so long to try this small, cabbage like veggie.  If you’ve never had organic brussel sprouts, you need to go get some tonight and give them a try.  I am going to try and give a few pointers here if you’d like to try and grow your own organic brussel spouts.

First thing to remember is that organic brussel sprouts are from the Brassica group, therefore you need to keep them out of soil which has had other related vegetables in it, like broccoli, cauliflowers, cabbage, etc.  Two years is a good rule of thumb, otherwise, you are going to face certain diseases and pests that you don’t want to face.

Since we are specifically talking about growing organic brussel sprouts, you want to start with some organic compost into your soil.  Do this at least a few weeks prior to putting your seeds in, as this helps the soil retain moisture, making it better for your organic brussel sprout seeds.

Place the seeds in pots anywhere from the middle of spring until the later part of summer.  You will see that the seeds germinate in around 3-10 days as long as you keep the pots at or higher than fifty degrees.  When the seedlings are around five or six weeks of age, go ahead and plant them out, making sure they are right around six inches tall.  You’re going to want to figure out your timing so that this planting out is done around three months before the first frost.  Put them approximately fifteen inches apart and if you’re putting out enough organic brussel sprouts to have rows of them, keep the rows about three feet apart.  Using the fertilizer of your choice, go ahead and give the organic brussel sprouts some fertilizer and water when you do this initial planting.

You will find that organic brussel sprouts do their best growing in that sixty to sixty-five degree weather.  Matter of fact, they will grow very well temperatures all the way up to seventy-five degrees.  The warmer temps will allow the sprouts to open right up and you will also notice that they are no longer firm feeling.  The warmer weather also has one more benefit to our organic brussel spouts, they have a much stronger flavor to them.

Remember that organic brussel sprouts need a lot of water, but, they do not like stagnant water.  Make sure you have some sort of drainage plan in effect.  The biggest reason you won’t see good sprout growth is if you fail to properly water your organic brussel sprouts.

One last tip, right around a month or so before the planned harvest, go ahead and take off the tip of the plant, as this will result in a much larger yield.  The reason for this is you are reprogramming the organic brussel sprout to take the energy it was expending on the tip and it turns it into energy to make more organic brussel sprouts.

Remember, like most things we put into our mouths, organic brussel sprouts will taste the best when they are fresh!

If you need organic brussel sprout seeds, you can purchase them in the Todd’s Seeds Store.

Enjoy this video about organic brussel sprouts.

 Posted on : March 27, 2012
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