How many Brussels sprouts & turnips to a square?

ccgrammaApril 14, 2006

Mel's book doesn't list Brussels sprouts and purple top white turnip. How many to a square? When do I plants them? Are they cold tolerant for early spring planting? Can they stay in the ground during winter such as carrots, beets, etc.?

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rain1950(W. WA z8)

BS, 1 per square; turnips 4 - 6 depending on size
Here's and intensive gardening link with a chart for spacing:

Here is a link that might be useful: intensive gardening

    Bookmark   April 16, 2006 at 1:37PM
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Thanks for the information. ccgramma

    Bookmark   April 18, 2006 at 8:27AM
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LOL more like, how many squares per Brussels Sprout?
I grew Brussels Sprouts in my SFG the first year, along with cabbages and broccoli, and mine were way bigger than was practical in a SFG... the broccoli shaded out the adjacent squares, and the cabbage overlapped the adjacent squares with leaves, and the Brussels Sprouts were monstrously huge.
Wonderful, but huge. More like small trees.

So I am growing them again this year, but this time, elsewhere than the SFG.
Although the Earliana Cabbage says it is very small and good for limited space gardens. Also early, so you don't take the square up all season long for the one harvest.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2009 at 10:45PM
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mike_in_paradise(6U 5A Cn Jun9Sep29)

I agree with Meg...

Last year I plant stuff willy nilly using different squares and I too found that Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage etc tended to do well but overpowered the adjacent squares.

This year I am going to plant them in sections and see how that works.

Here is a picture of the root system of a brussels sprout in relation to the square.

You can see why it sucks the nutrients from the adjacent squares.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 11:40AM
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So glad someone posted this! I was planning on two brussels sprouts, four cauliflower and three or four broccoli in 10 squares - Having never grown any of them, I had no idea how big they'd get.

Do you thing the brussels sprouts would do okay in 5 gallon containers? Then I could do the eight broccoli and cauliflower plants in 10 to 12 squares instead.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 11:53AM
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I'm not sure what all the problems were with brussels sprouts, but I had no problems growing one to a square. They grow up, not out in my experience.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 2:49PM
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