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Boll Weevil

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Deer in my area won't touch'em...good for the soil but after trying them a couple of years I now have no expectation of deer eating them.
 
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tree_ghost

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We had a plot sowed in daikon radishes a few years ago. We put it in with the intention of having a solid late season food source once the beans were gone. Turns out that the deer hit it harder in the early part of the season, sept-oct, than they did in the colder months of season. I actually almost shot a 6.5+yo buck out of that patch of radishes. All in all they attracted the deer well for us.


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MickThompson

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They will not overwinter. They turn to mush after they freeze out, which is why they’re so good for the soil. I wouldn’t plant them alone but they have a place as a small component in mixes.


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Rockhound

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I planted them one year late. I seen light browsing. I suspect if I had planted the next year they would have hammered them
 

spoon

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Deer will hammer them in Oct until acorns start falling. Radishes will live until we get about 3-4
Days below 20 degrees
 

RobbyW

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I tried turnips once. Prettiest patch as there was. They didn’t touch them. I read it may take a few years for them to realize they like em. I think radishes are the same
 

PickettSFHunter

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Mine are in for the Fall. I mix radishes, purple top turnips, and seven top turnips and plant those around the end of July, first couple of weeks of August. I see browse on radish before Frost and browse on all of it after frosts. Different situations everywhere though.


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Grnwing

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I've never seen them do any better than wheat or peas. I have neighbors that swear by them and talked me into trying them for a few seasons. The would look good but the deer didn't seem to care for them. I'd watch them just walk through a plot and not touch them. Seems like it can be hit or miss with radishes- good luck if you decide to plant.
 

RobbyW

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I will add I have read where they are great to bust up hard soil. I have a spot I may try that on. It’s a old logging landing and it’s hard as rock
 

dirtyhands

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I've tried them for the past two years. The deer didn't seem to eat any of them and they definitely didn't dig any of them up in the winter. I may do a little of it in the plot this year just because jve read that it can take a while for the deer to realize that its edible but I'll probably do mostly clover or wheat
 

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