Brussels sprouts

This is a Captain Obvious post for experienced gardeners. For me, it’s the first time I’ve ever grown brussels sprouts. I picked a good year to plant brassicas, they’ve done well this year in our cloudy cool summer, and I got four harvests from the broccoli plants and good heads from the cauliflower. Long after those stalks were on the compost heap though my four brussels sprouts plants kept growing. They’ve attracted some attention in the neighborhood – “what are those things?” So I thought I’d post a picture for others like me who might not have seen one before.

Brussels sprout plant

Brussels sprout plant

The broccoli and cauliflower grew heads out of the central stalk. I was quite surprised when the brussels sprouts started forming at the juncture of the leaves and the main stalk. Most are still small, although a few are getting big enough to eat. It seems I’m going to get a significant number of them from my four plants. So I’m happy with them, even if they do look like triffids.

Sprouts

Sprouts


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