Posted: 08/06/2015 at 20:58
I've grown brussels twice unsucessfully so not the best person to offer advise but life's a learning curve and I'm trying again this year. The guy on the next plot has been growing them for 30yrs and was still picking brussel's in February so how difficult can it be.
Agree with Dove, when planting it's advised to plant them firmly in the ground, I use my foot to press down the ground around the newly planted brussel plant and they are staked with canes. They need netting otherwise cabbage white attacks them and they also get blackfly, I've planted a nasturum plant closeby.
I have a windy site so planted them in a trench to earth up as they grow giving then a deep, strong root.
Sweetcorn also benefits from being planted in a trench and earthed up as they grow.
Broccoli is best picked young and tender, the heads are sweet and this promotes more growth.