Posted: 14/12/2012 at 10:54
Val8, it all depends on which kind you planted they come in early medium and late, the medium being ready for Christmas and the late from December to March.
The ground should have been well dug over with Manure, or Compost added then a sprinkling of granular fertiliser.
Plant them on in wet weather mid September (easy this year) if it is dry then wet them every day for a week until they take.
The bottom leaves will start to yellow so take them off but leave the top ones as a frost guard and pick the sprouts from the bottom up.
They do need some Autumn sun and usually a good frost when they have grown on the stem. As you pick them they will start to green up again from the bottom, we ate that as it was very good when greens were short, although back then food was seasonal.
Important, do not plant next years plants in this years ground move them on, a four year rotation is ideal.
Part cook the sprouts then put bacon lardons with some finely chopped onion in the frying pan and when nearly cooked drop the sprouts in and finish the cooking, that goes down well in our house.