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​Brussels sprouts are a member of the cabbage family, and an excellent source of protein and vitamins. Here’s how to plant and grow Brussels sprouts in your garden.

They have a long growing season, and are generally more successful when grown for a fall harvest, as they only increase in flavor after a light frost or two.

Planting

Start seeds indoors 6–8 weeks before last spring frost. See local frost dates.
While starting seeds indoors is recommended, you may also direct sow seeds 4 months before the first fall frost. You may also have luck finding seedlings at a nursery.
Raised beds are especially recommended for cold season vegetables, especially when seasons are changing and temps are not consistent.
Work fertilizer into soil a few days before planting or transplanting.
Plant transplanted seedlings 12–24 inches apart.
If direct sowing seeds, plant ½ inch deep and 2–3 inches apart. Thin plants to 12–24 inches apart when they reach 6 inches tall.
Water well at time of planting/transplanting.

Care

Fertilize three weeks after transplanting.
Mulch to retain moisture and keep the soil temperature cool.
Do not cultivate, roots are shallow and susceptible to damage.

Pests/Diseases

Aphids
Cabbage Root Maggots
Flea Beetles
Clubroot
Downy Mildew
White Mold

Harvest/Storage

Harvest sprouts from the bottom of the stalk when they reach about 1 inch in diameter.
Do not wash the sprouts before storing them, only right before use.
Keep in plastic for up to 5 days, in the refrigerator.
Protect the plant by mulching with straw or providing a cover if you plan to harvest​