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While Brussels sprouts aren't loved by everyone, many people appreciate the goodness of the little green buds. Tossed in olive oil and properly seasoned, this vegetable can become a staple side dish for many meals. They're also great raw; when sliced thinly or shaved in a salad, Brussels sprouts add a delightful crunchy texture, as well as plenty of health benefits. If you have learned to love Brussels sprouts, take the next step by growing your own at home. Brussels sprouts are a type of cabbage and one of many popular Brassica cultivars. Luckily, this type of plant grows well throughout North America when planted and cared for properly.

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1. Brussels sprouts need a long growing season

Compared to other popular homegrown vegetables, Brussels sprouts need a long growing season. It takes around 80 days from planting to harvest. Consequently, most gardeners aim for a late fall or early winter harvest. This works well for Brussels sprouts since a light frost can improve their flavor. Determine when your earliest frost usually is, count backward about 4 months from that date, and plan to have your seeds or seedlings in the ground by then.

The frost date helps you figure out the best time for planting. schulzie / Getty Images
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