Brussels sprouts are somewhat more hardy than cabbage and will
live outdoors over winter in all the milder sections of the
country. They may be grown as a winter crop in the South and as
early and late as cabbage in the North. The sprouts, or small
heads, are formed in the axils (the angle between the leaf stem
and the main stalk) of the leaves. As the heads begin to crowd,
break the lower leaves from the stem of the plant to give them
Always leave the top leaves; the plant needs them to supply
nourishment. For winter use in cold areas, take up the plants that
are well laden with heads and set them close together in a pit, a
cold frame, or a cellar, with some soil tamped around the roots.
Keep the stored plants as cool as possible without freezing.
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