Recharging your diet with this SUPERFOOD
Vegetables provide us with so many benefits that’s why it is so important that we make them a part of our diet. These superfoods have proven time and again to bring natural healing.
I have written several articles on the benefits of many of these vegetables and brussel sprout is one of those veggies that has its list of vitamins and benefits. But before we discuss some of these benefits we will be looking at how to grow and care for Brussels sprouts.
One thing to always keep in mind and that is Brussel sprouts resembles or looks like a miniature cabbage, this was my thought when I was first introduced to them many years ago.
Growing Brussel Sprout
When growing Brussel sprouts the first thing to consider is the location if you are to yield a good harvest. Choose a sunny location that gets about 6-8 hours of sunlight.
Planting should be done in early spring or mid-late summer for fall crops. Soil type should be a good organic soil mix because this kind of soil not only drains well but holds sufficient water along with absorbing the right amount of fertilizer and allowing for proper air circulation that contributes to the overall health of garden plants.
The ideal soil ph for growing Brussel sprouts is 6.8, therefore, it is of importance that a soil ph test is done in order to yield a healthy crop. Taking several soil samples from the planting area to be tested in a lab or purchasing a soil ph test kit can work also.
Brussel sprouts grow very large therefore proper spacing is important for good air circulation, space each plant anywhere from 24- 36 inches. Don’t allow the soil to dry out, soil should be moist because allowing the soil to dry out will bring on stress.
Growing Brussel Sprouts
Fertilizing your crop
Fertilizing your crops is so important, therefore and organic fertilizer is ideal. Fertilizing 3 weeks after planting is fine. Brussel sprouts grow well in soil that is cool and nitrogen-rich.
Insects pest of Brussel Sprouts
Controlling uninvited guest is a must if you are to have good results. Insect pest can really be a pest, I know all too well of having to deal with these garden pest over the years.
Insects pests of Brussel sprouts include
- Flea beetles
- Cabbage Worms
- Beet armyworm
Insect pest control of brussel sprout
Insect pest control includes insecticidal soap, neem oil, and other products that are listed for the control of these insects. Word of caution here when using insecticides read and follow the owner’s direction because the label is the law.
Diseases of Brussel sprouts
Brussel sprouts have their share of disease which includes
- Powdery mildew
- Downy mildew
- White mold
Bacterial leaf spot
- Bacterial soft rot
Controlling disease of brussel sprout
1. Control measures include applying a foliar fungicide to leaves, also drenching the soil.
2. Applying sulfur formulations that are registered for Brussel sprouts.
3. Rotate crops every 2-3 years.
4. Avoid drought.
5. Avoid over-application of nitrogen.
6. Consider planting resistant varieties.
Harvesting Brussel Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts forms at the bottom of the plant and continue to form until it reaches the top of the plant. To determine if your Brussel sprouts have reached full maturity the signs to look for are heads that are full, firm, green, and 2 inches in diameter.
Vitamins of Brussel Sprouts
Vitamins of Brussel sprouts are
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6
Health Benefits of Brussel sprouts
Some of the health benefits of brussels sprouts are as followed
1. Brussel Sprouts are loaded with antioxidants that help to get rid of free radicals which are harmful to our bodies.
2. Has fiber that aids in a good bowel movement.
3. Aids in weight loss.
4. Brussel sprout is good for your skin.
5. Improves digestion.
6. Improves bone strength.
7. Reduces inflammation.
8. Supports heart health
9. Good for blood pressure
10. Aid in lowing cholesterol.
The final word
Your complete guide to growing, caring, and harvesting Brussel sprouts is so simple. The nutritional value along with the health benefits are amazing. So why not make this superfood a part of your garden and take advantage of all the benefits this veggie has to offer.
You owe it to your self to be in the best shape ever, Brussel sprout another SUPERFOOD that works wonders.