How to Grow Brussel Sprouts?

Start inside at least 4 weeks prior to the last expected frost in your area if you are starting from a seed. They take 85 to 90 days to reach maturity, so risking direct seeding in all but the southernmost areas is not recommended. Prepare a garden area that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight everyday. Till the soil until it reaches a depth of 8 to 10 inches. Remove any rock, roots, and other debris that has surfaced. Rake the surface smooth. Dig a hole for each sprout plant that is twice the size as the root ball. Space the plants 18 to 24 inches apart in rows that are 30 inches apart. Add plenty of compost or organic matter and mix it in well with the existing soil. If you want to use commercial fertilizer then you should do it now and make sure you follow the instructions. Firm the soil down with your hands to the original soil level of the seeding. Water it thoroughly and keep it moist until the plants have established a good root system and shows signs of new growth. Once they have done this then you just need to water them when the soil is dry. Prune the leaves once the fruit begins to grow. Leave them in the garden until they receive a light frost will increase sweetness and improve flavor. Pick them when the fruit reaches full size. Wash and cook.