A long, steady season of growth in a firm, not very rich, soil will give firmer and sweeter Sprouts than one violent electric-car rush, although it may not give them so large. I have tried the rush system for experiment's sake, and lived to thank my stars that the other system was in force at the same time. I have pushed giant Sprouts along, and had them 1 yard high in June, only to see them yield loose clusters of leaves in the place of nobs, or serenely run to seed.
There is no objection to sowing Sprouts in February or early March; in fact, early sowing is good. There is no objection to getting Sprouts out in May; on the contrary, that is often good also. But always rather poor soil, well solidified, must be the rule, and if the plants are put between Potatoes, the soil should be thoroughly trodden directly the tuber is cleared away.
All Greens are better sown in lines than broadcast; then, with a little attention to thinning now and again, a quarantining under netting when birds are busy, an occasional soaking and dusting with soot, sturdy, stiff-stemmed, short-jointed plants are secured.
It is a mistake to cut away the tops of Brussels Sprouts until the plants are quite denuded of stem produce.
Of many varieties grown, I am disposed to choose Imported, President Carnot, or Suttons' Matchless for general use. Suttons' Exhibition is superior to any of them for show, but it is not so good in flavour as Matchless. Aigburth is a large, popular, and useful Sprout.