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What do do about Brassica?

Old 01-15-2004, 09:46 AM
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Wondering what you do with the left over turnips, parsnips etc from brassica plants in the spring. Do you just till them under, leave them and just frost seed? Thanks for the input. TGK
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Old 01-15-2004, 10:20 AM
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I mowed them off and left the cuttings.
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Old 01-15-2004, 12:08 PM
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But what about the vegatables that were left in the ground? Do you just leave them too?
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Old 01-16-2004, 08:22 PM
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Yep - Leave em.

You might get some regeneration from them next year, but most will break down in a couple months and put nutrients back into the top layers of the soil.
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Old 01-20-2004, 07:25 AM
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Work it in or leave it...
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Old 01-20-2004, 11:23 AM
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Thanks for the input! TGK
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Old 01-22-2004, 04:52 PM
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You might be surprised how the deer eat the turnips etc down into the ground during a period of thaw. I understand that is the way other crops such as sugar beets are grazed off.

Good luck!
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Old 01-23-2004, 07:38 AM
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We have seen the deer dig the turnips up in the freeze...
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Old 01-27-2004, 09:54 PM
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Brassica roots are about 3 ft under snow this time of year in this area - they just don't get touched in my experience - the deer are much more dependent on traditional "yard area" browse, and grains like corn - around here anyhow.
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