Good enough to eat
●● Brussels sprouts
A sprout is not just for Christmas... in fact, you could be harvesting them until March if you sowed a late variety in April and planted out in June.
They will stay on the plant until you’re ready to pick them and most can be picked over a three-month period.
Harvest when they are tightly closed buttons, starting at the bottom of the stalk and cutting them off with a sharp knife. At the same time, remove any yellowing foliage or open sprouts.
If you don’t want any waste, you can cut the stem tops off after all sprouts have been harvested and cook them as you would cabbage. Good late varieties include ‘Montgomery’ and ‘Wellington’.