Brussel Sprouts till Frost

Our own Brussel Sprouts

Our own Brussel Sprouts

“Brussels sprouts are ready to harvest when the tiny heads are firm, green, and 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Remove sprouts by twisting them until they break away from the plant. As you remove the lower sprouts, you can also remove yellowing leaves; the plant continues to grow upward, producing more leaves and sprouts.” From: Bonnie Plants

My daughter Artist asked me yesterday when the brussel sprouts would be ready to harvest. I had no idea. She suggested maybe after the first frost? I thought that sounded like a good idea.

We were out in the garden earlier this week tilling in the Tomato Hornworms and the brussel sprouts looked pretty tiny. I figured it would be a while till they were ready. We totally missed the harvest last year. By the time we remembered the brussel sprouts were still out there it had snowed twice. Not the greatest gardener.

We usually only plant certain things that we always plant. This year and last year we were given brussel sprouts in a barter for website work I did. We really had no idea how to take care of them (sure glad they didn’t give me a milk goat). We just planted them with everything else and they did great, just like last year.

My oldest daughter still at home, Director, went for a walk outside today and noticed that the brussel sprouts look ready to pick. In just 5 days they went from marble size to ready to pick.

Really glad she went for that walk. We love brussel sprouts and now we get to have our own for lunch tomorrow. YES!!

Based on the info above I better let the kiddos know not to pull the whole plant up to harvest, might be too late. Nope, they didn’t pull the whole plant up, just checked with Director. They actually pulled every leaf off the plants, guess the plants will die, oh well, maybe next year we will do it all the way right. Man, I wish these veggies came with directions 🙂


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