Brassicas are a bit of a mystery sometimes. One buddy - his plots are the only show in town, with only some grass hay fields nearby - cannot even get his established...the deer eat them as soon as they start growing. He has had to mix in oats and rye so he does not end up with a dirt plot by rifle season.
Another buddy in a high deer density area - the deer start eating them right away as well....but again, no crop fields nearby to speak of.
We have planted them on the edge of a field on a dairy farm, fairly high deer density....the plot looked beautiful, huge green leaves and bulbs the size of baseballs and softballs. The deer never touched them, even through the winter.
At our cabin property, the deer eat them....but it's usually late December, January, and February. I have some pics of them digging through the snow to get to them.
And sometimes it takes the deer a few years to figure out what they are....and then they start hitting the plots pretty good once it gets cold and a lot of other food is long gone.
The greens become more tasty to the deer after the frost....most times the deer don't hit the bulbs until the middle of winter.
Last edited by OAWC; 11-02-2018 at 12:10 PM.