I topped my Brussel sprouts today! I grew them for the first time last year but didn’t get them in the ground early enough and topped them too late. My daughter went out and harvested for me (I was recovering from surgery at the time.) and did a lot of hard work for very little return.
You top your sprouts (cut the meristem) so that the side shoots will grow larger, providing Brussel sprouts for your winter holiday meals. We are two or three weeks from the killing frost here in southern Wisconsin. In recent years, we haven’t had a hard freeze until late October–plenty of time for those sprouts to form and be nipped by frost to make them sweeter.
We are having good fall weather for cabbages and their kin. It is hot but raining. The days are shorter and cooler weather will be here in less than a couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to grilled Brussel sprouts and roasted sprouts with balsamic vinegar in November! Begonia