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Winter garden fun!

Sunday, 18 Dec 11 Cloudy 8°C / 46°F

So the temps are finally in the more normal 30’s (after an unusually mild fall), and now the real fun begins-getting ready to harvest from my winter garden. I just took a peak at my brussel sprouts, and they are finally forming heads. Yay! It took a super long time, because of the warm weather, and because I forgot to pinch them off. I also have cress, and carrots, green onions, and probably some kale still left over. I also just started forcing my Belgian endive. Can’t wait till it’s ready!

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  • xan

    xan wrote:

    Tell me about pinching brussels sprouts. I’ve never been able to grow them very successfully— what exactly are you pinching?

    Posted on 21 Dec 11 (over 3 years ago)

  • sheepandwool

    sheepandwool wrote:

    Sorry xan, for the long time to respond, but I have been away. The tip of the brussels sprout plant needs to be pinched off to allow for the brussel sprouts to develop and grow to a decent size before a hard freeze. Pinching the top, forces the plant to put its energy into developing the sprouts, rather than in vertical growth. HTH.

    Posted on 27 Dec 11 (over 3 years ago)

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