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Post  bnoles on 9/9/2013, 5:15 am

I'll be planting my transplants in buckets in a few days and plan to go with one per bucket.
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Post  plantoid on 9/9/2013, 7:13 am

@boffer wrote:I haven't seen much talk about BS on the forum-probably cause no appreciates how good they can taste after the first frost.  But Camp posted a few of her BS pics that got me wondering.  http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/new-england-f4/the-end-of-july-7-weeks-until-frost-t3574.htm#27049

To pick the leaves and stems off or not?  Is there anything to do that will keep the sprouts from opening prematurely?  7 out of 8 of my BS plants this year come out of the ground crooked-not straight like Camp's do-any ideas?

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Too rich a soil will almost certainly cause blown sprouts so will a week or so of  slightly warmer than seasonal weather especially if there is plenty of sunshine.
 Sprouts are a cool weather crop that does well after the first frost on them if they are nice tight 3/4 to 1& 1/2  inch dia sized balls  .
 Pick from the bottom upwards cut off the blown sprouts and with luck  you'll have some decent crop .

 Come spring eat the tops lightly boiled  ,buttered and peppered when green veg is in short supply .
 
If you're in for a prolonged icy cold spell and you have one or two full stalks of sprouts , cut the whole stalk off and hang it in a frost & draught  free but very cool garage etc. they keep for a few weeks when kept on the stalks in this manner , as they won't dry out like they would in a warm or airy place. 


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Post  plantoid on 9/9/2013, 7:30 am

Re container grown sprouts ...

The root system on  garden grown sprouts can easily reach 18 inches across and nine inches deep ..me thinks you need some big containers and also some device to stake then up right or clip than to a rope as when they get to two foot six or more tall they will act as sails in even inn light winds and end up likely to be  toppling the tubs over.


As an aside ,  the root balls on my  last years  sprouts grown in my  MM bed sprouts filled the whole three foot by three foot bed and went down to well over 15 inches in most cases , the greenery form three plants per 9 sq. ft.  swamped every other plant in the bed early in the growth season .
 
So this year  I've resorted to only eventually leaving one sprout plant in the centre  square foot of each bed after I've harvested the other crops  .
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 9/9/2013, 9:20 am

@Marc Iverson wrote:...Will you thin them at all?  Or are those even b.sprouts?
The buckets were available and simply expedient germination beds!
I'm planning to transplant each seedling out in the garden raised beds where they'll have room to grow. Yes Marc, they're Brussel Sprouts in the bottom orange bucket.


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Post  bnoles on 9/9/2013, 11:18 am

Plantoid..... then you think a 5 gallon bucket may not be the best option?

I am all planted out in my Fall beds and have no room left for these transplants. I guess I will have to give it a go in the buckets and hope for the best. Sad 

I'll keep us posted on how it goes.
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Post  TxGramma on 9/9/2013, 12:19 pm

bnoles, here is an idea that might help, it would keep the buckets from turning over. I found this video and plan on using his idea to build stands for my buckets. You could do it on a smaller scale if you don't need it to hold as many buckets as he built it for. Five Gallon Bucket Garden Stand Design
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Post  bnoles on 9/9/2013, 2:18 pm

@TxGramma wrote:bnoles, here is an idea that might help, it would keep the buckets from turning over. I found this video and plan on using his idea to build stands for my buckets. You could do it on a smaller scale if you don't need it to hold as many buckets as he built it for. Five Gallon Bucket Garden Stand Design
WOW! Now that is some good thinking and he really has his act together. I like what he has going on and there is some good ideas in there.

Thanks for the link!
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Post  sanderson on 9/9/2013, 2:37 pm

Ditto, Clever idea, and thanks for posting the link.
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Post  llama momma on 9/9/2013, 2:51 pm

That link was wonderful to look at but Oh my, what a construction project.  He would have used far less wood by building sfg beds.  I have one bucket brigade of 4 buckets, a cattle panel, and Florida weaved rope around the buckets to the green u posts at either end of the brigade.  The rope secures the buckets in heavy wind. The cattle panel is also attached to the green u posts.  But that's me and my low tech approach.
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Post  TxGramma on 9/9/2013, 5:53 pm

LM, I agree I wouldn't do my whole garden that way. But I will be doing something similar for the buckets that I am using in addition to my SFG beds. Not only are they contained but raised and I like the way it looks. I like your set up too and I'm all for the low tech approach.
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Post  llama momma on 9/9/2013, 6:20 pm

I suppose one good thing about being short, sunny  is when a plant is placed in the top of the bucket sitting on the ground, the transplant now is raised as far as I'm concerned !!
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Post  TxGramma on 9/9/2013, 6:48 pm

Laughing  That's true!!! And I definitely fit into that category too. Razz

And now back to the subject...brussel sprouts... Very Happy 
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 9/9/2013, 6:57 pm

+1 llama momma:rofl:
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Post  plantoid on 9/9/2013, 8:41 pm

For sheer simplicity and cheapness I think I'd consider strapping five or six  five gallon buckets together using those cheap one inch wide  cargo ratchet straps so you have an unused one filled one with MM in the middle , planting a sprout plant in the outer ones .

 You could always try and grow some shade loving crop such as celery  in the middle bucket .

  I doubt that the wind would blow such an island of tubs over .
Best of all you could virtually place the tubs anywhere you like out side your ANSFG bed thus avoiding shading the other plants in the beds .
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Post  Marc Iverson on 9/10/2013, 5:30 pm

Being able to put the buckets right where the sun is, and at the same time avoiding shading some of your plants, is a strong recommendation for them. Many of us have space for more plants, but not where the sun is -- more where the leafy, overhanging trees are! I have a single bucket in a neighbor's yard to grab some of his wonderful all-day sun. Another tomato in the same places I usually garden would just spend most of the day in the shade.

Mine is a self-watering bucket, and I think I'll make the rest of mine that way. Making them is a fun project, and not having to worry so much about getting the right amount of water appeals to the lazy part of me, as well as calming the worrywart part of me. Next spring I'd like to have a good half-dozen of them or more.

Those self-watering buckets are heavy, too, make no mistake. It would take quite a gale to knock one over, methinks.
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