I was wondering if anyone can help me. I am growing sprouts, cabbage and Swede in my garden plot, and although they are doing really well, like a lot of people, I am getting a lot of caterpillar damage. Even though I have netted all of my brassicas and made sure that there are no leaves touching any netting and there is ample height for growth, I am still finding caterpillars on many of my plants. I have staked down all the nets to try and stop butterflies from getting in but to no avail. Does anyone have any ideas on how this is happening and any advice on stopping it?
The eggs have already been laid in the ground and are now hatching. It sounds like the netting went up too late. In the future, make sure the netting is up as soon as possible.
For this year, try treating the plants with neem oil. It is organic and safe for people and bees and is systemic, so it turns the whole plant into a caterpillar killer. There is also Bt, which can be bought at most garden centers. It is very effective at killing caterpillars.
I have grown my first Brussel sprouts and harvested them. What should I clean them with, other than water, before I cook and eat them? Also, what do I need to do as far as prep work in order to freeze some of them? I am a novice gardener.
Water alone is sufficient in washing them. You can also soak the vegetables in water for a few hours prior to giving them a thorough rinsing off. The normal way to freeze vegetables from the garden is to blanch them. Drop the Brussels sprouts in boiling water for about three minutes and then transfer them to ice water. Pat the veggies dry and place them in storage bags and freeze until you use them.
I've never planted a vegetable garden and I'd like know if Brussels sprouts is a good choice for a beginner?
Brussel sprouts might be tough to start with, but that being said, go ahead and try. The fun of gardening is that you can try things like that. Many people start with tomatoes, carrots, squash and radishes as these are some of the easiest to grow.
Here is an article with some other suggestions: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/starting-a-vegetable-garden.htm
Can I grow Brussel sprouts in a large coffee can or in an upside down container?
Brussels sprouts would have a hard time upside down and a large coffee can would not provide enough soil for their root system. I would recommend that you aim more for a 5 gallon bucket for this plant. Many hardeware store sell them cheaply and many restaurants may give then to you free if you ask.
How long after the yellow blooms fall off will my brussel sprouts start to be ready for harvest?
This article should help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/brussels-sprouts/harvesting-brussel-sprouts.htm
We are growing Brussels sprouts in southern California and have noticed a lot of tiny, white bugs all over the plants. What can we do to get rid of them? We do have cats that share the area.
Neem oil is effective against many types of insect pests and is safe to use. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
The plant brussel sprouts that I am attending to are already grown and I have noticed that the leaves have a dusty powder on the inner leaf. Also on the back there are what appears to be aphids. Does this make them not edible? I have sprayed the plants with a soapy insecticide.
It has powdery mildew. I like neem oil or you can use copper sulfate for its treatment. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/powdery-mildew-homemade-and-organic-remedies.htm
Also, for the aphids, the neem oil will take care of them too and is safe to use. The Brussels sprouts will still be edible as well. Here is more info on neem oil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm