Since we’re on the subject of neglect, let’s talk about our Brussels sprouts plants.
Similar to the carrots, I planted the Brussels sprouts in the fall, but they didn’t really have time to get going and produce anything before it got too cold.
I left them where they were and provided no protection from the winter cold or snow. In the spring, surprisingly, they started growing again.
They never got to the point of growing actual sprouts, but they did grow some pretty nice leaves which we cooked up and ate as greens. Eventually they got huge and sent up seed pods as well. Like most brassicas, they attracted cabbage worms. It was a pretty spectacular sight to see a brilliant red cardinal perched in this Brussels sprout tree, picking off the cabbage worms.