Thursday, 9 February 2017

Sowing Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprout Update, Ok I have just heard that Marshalls are sending me a complimentary pack of their Super Saver Duo Pack which contains a pack of Cromwell & Montgomery Brussel Sprouts with 40 seeds in each pack for the bargain price of £3.70 that's £1.20 cheaper that buying them separately Click Here to see on the Marshalls website.

A big thank you to Emma for arranging the complementary items.

Unlike the Thompson & Morgan All Season Sprouts and Cabbages fiasco where you get 30 seeds total of three varieties but they are all mixed in one pack! You actually get two distinct packs of 40 seeds so you know what you are sowing, planting, growing and finally eating.


Marshall's state that their Brussels Sprout varieties have each been selected for their superb flavour, and I'm looking forward to tasting them between September to December this year.

General guidance for all sprouts is to grow tightly packed sprouts, firm fertile soil is essential. Dig in plenty of well-rotted manure or compost as early as possible to give the soil the maximum time to settle.

Sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin C and are packed full of vitamin D, folic acid and are high in antioxidants. Like a puppy, Sprouts are not just for Christmas but unlike a puppy they can be consumed all year round!

Cromwell - Marshalls - 40 Seeds - Best before 9/2018 - A heavy cropping variety.
Sow Indoors Feb - Mid March

Sow Outdoors - Late March - April
Plant Out April - May after last Frost
Germination 14  - 21 Days 
Harvest September  - December 

Montgomery - Marshalls - 40 Seeds - Best before 9/2019 - British-bred and heavy-cropping variety.
Sow Indoors Feb - Mid March
Sow Outdoors - Late March - April
Plant Out April - May after last Frost
Germination 14  - 21 Days 
Harvest November - December

So the Duo Pack gives a Harvest from September to December adding the varieties I have already got seeds for, the harvest period is extended from September to February, perhaps Marshalls may add an additional pack in the future to extend their harvest range a little further?
  
Eveham Special - Premier Seeds Direct - 400 seeds Sow By 2018
Sow Indoors Feb - Mid March
Sow Outdoors - Late March
Plant Out April - May after last Frost
Germination 14  - 21 Days 
Harvest September  - December 

Bedford Darkmar 21 - Just Seeds - 400 seeds Sow By 2018

Sow Indoors Feb - Mid March
Sow Outdoors - Late March
Plant Out April - May after last Frost
Germination 14  - 21 Days 
Harvest - Mid-November to January 


Rubine - 100 Seeds Sow By 2017
Sow Indoors Feb - April
Sow Outdoors March - April
Harden off once 150mm high
Plant Out April - May after last Frost
Germination 14  - 21 Days 
Harvest - November - January 


Brest F1 - 40 Seeds Sow By 2018
Sow Indoors March - April
Sow Outdoors April
Harden off once 150mm high
Plant Out April - May after last Frost
Germination 14  - 21 Days 
Harvest - November - February

I now have six varieties of sprouts to try and I have a 15 Module tray in the Portable Grow Station, so I will sow three seeds of all the above with the exception of Breast F1 which has a sow indoors date of March.  So that's five varieties and I will need two of each to fill the 10 holes in the sprout weed membrane. 

A second sowing will take place in 14 days - 21 days, by which time hopefully I will see how well the germination is or isn't. If I get a bed ready for the end of April I may even have a bed of 10 sprout plants on both plots.

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