Heirloom Organic Dwarf Essex Rape Kale Seeds (25)
DWARF ESSEX RAPE KALE Brassica Napus Vegetable Seeds.
45 days. Brassica napus. The leaves of this kale are sweet tender and crunchy. Excellent when boiled steamed, used in stir fry, or as a fresh addition to salads and sandwiches.
This sweet, smooth-leaved cabbage relative is often mixed with sharper tasting greens such as mustard and turnip greens.These tasty greens are high in vitamins & minerals. The greens can be eaten fresh in salads, boiled, steamed, or stir fried. The sweet tender crunchy 4-12â leaves also make a great food plot for deer.
Dwarf Essex Rape is an extremely palatable, high energy, and high protein for Deer. Stays green well into the winter months and even under several inches of snow for winter feeding. Again this is an excellent forage for late summer and fall crop for deer. Game birds also prefer green leaves of the rape witch can be used in food plots or in game bird pens. High in protein 25%-35%
Brassicas forages are high quality, high yielding, and fast growing crops that are high in protein. Members of the Brassica family include kale, rape, turnips. Brassicas have been use by farmers for years now an within the past few years have been found to be very beneficial for Whitetail deer.
Generally they produce high quality forage for deer in late summer, fall, and in the winter months. Brassicas are annual crops which are highly palatable and easily digestible for whitetail deer. Both the tops (stems and leaves) and roots (bulbs) deer will eat and are very nutritious.
Brassicas require good soil drainage and a soil pH between 5.3 and 6.8. Seeds should be planted in a firm, moist, seedbed with 6-8 inch rows.
Rape seed may be sown from early spring to late summer, and used 12-16 weeks later (depending upon cultivar and environment). Sowing with the herb Plantain will increase the regrowth potential of the crop and provide a more balanced diet.
Rape can be grown at lower soil fertility than most other brassicas, and responds well to irrigation. It is not often grown in clubroot infected areas, but resistant cultivars are available.
Break feeding is recommended to control diet and minimize wastage. Careful stock management will prevent rape scald, scours, and nitrate poisoning by gradual introduction and grazing when crop has matured (often indicated by a purplish coloration of the leaf margins).
Early maturing, 10-12 weeks
High leaf:stem ratio for excellent utilisation rates
Regrowth potential for 3-4 grazings
Retains leaf and stem quality in frost and cold conditions
Tolerant of dry conditions
Ideal for summer, autumn and winter feed
5 lbs per acre.