Sprouts Away!

Brussel Sprouts

It’s always nice at this time of year to have some winter veg to look forward to and one of our favourites are Brussel Sprouts. This variety is Wellington and was actually picked up from Homebase – one of those polystyrene trays which have a dozen or so small seedlings in for £2. Well they’ve grown into pretty big plants as you can see and I’ve squeezed them into an area about 6 foot wide by 5 foot deep. Ideally they could do with more room but space is a premium on the plot. Each one is staked to prevent them rocking about. To start with they were protected by an environmesh tunnel which they’ve now outgrown so I’m now checking the leaves every couple of days to wipe off any cabbage white eggs. They can withstand some pest damage now they’re large plants so I’m not too bothered about the odd caterpillar getting a free meal!

Some of the sprouts are almost ready so it won’t be long before we’ll be having them with our Sunday roast yum!

12 responses to “Sprouts Away!

  1. We have to plant club root resistant sprouts or we end up with nothing so our choice of varieties is very limited.

    We use insect netting to keep the butterflies at bay

    • I haven’t come across club root (yet) and I should really cover them – I find it quite therapeutic to do the regular caterpillar checks fortunately!

  2. I never had success with sprouts, I put it down to not liming adequately, my soils in UK gardens were always very rich 😦

  3. They look great. I’ve given up on sprouts as I’ve never been successful with them. There’s only me in the house who will eat them anyway, so I just buy a few to have with my Christmas dinner, it wouldn’t be right without sprouts on the plate.

  4. Wish I liked them mate
    Goes back when my parents use to sit and force me to eat them before I went back out to play

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  6. This photo demonstrates Brussels sprouts staking beautifully! Would you be willing to grant permission for me to publish this photo in “Kentucky Gardener” magazine with proper credit to you and your fun blog? Many thanks for considering!

    • Of course Andrea please feel free to use the photo. Kind regards,

      • Absolutely delighted to feature your beautiful work in the magazine! If you send me your email address I can send you a scanned image of the article once it is printed later this summer?

        Ps-your prizes long carrots are phenomenal!!!!

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