Brassicas require a fertile well drained soil that has been well dug in autumn they do not grow well in acidic soil so adding lime to the soil may be necessary. Brussels sprouts require a sunny spot that is sheltered from strong winds and need to be planted firmly to stop the plants becoming loose in the ground ideally up to the first set of leaves.
Sow indoors from march onwards when the plants have around 5 leaves harden off and transplant outside to their final growing position spacing the plants around 60cm apart and 60cm between rows treading the plants in well.
Alternatively sow outdoors April - May in a seedbed sowing thinly in drills 1.25cm deep thin the seedlings eventually spacing the plants 60cm apart and 60cm between rows in their final planting position treading the plants in well.
Germination takes between 7 and 12 days.
Water well before transplanting and ensure plants are kept well watered
Sow March - April
Harvest November - March
Beetroot, carrot, onions, rosemary, sage, mint, calendula, marigolds, nasturtiums, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower.
Do not plant with strawberries.
The sprouts will be ready for harvesting from November onwards begin picking from the bottom of the stem when the sprouts are firm. The top of the plant can be used as cabbage when all the sprout are harvested.
A good source of vitamin A, C and fibre.
Use for Boiling and steaming or shred for salads.
Ideal for freezing.