I swear, my brain never stops on the garden thing….
So last night I was watching a movie with my little people, and we had on a show called A Bear Named Winnie (worth a watch if you are a Pooh fan or have kids). It is the (true) story of Winnipeg the bear, and the Canadian soldier who adopted him and took him to England as he went off to WWI (and then ultimately, after the bear ended up in the London Zoo, Winnie inspired the A.A. Milne story).
The movie has some great scenery of the English country side and it reminded me of how beautiful the Rape Fields are there, and how I almost never see rape fields here in the USA. I started to wonder if rape might be a good thing to plant in my field (maybe to control and choke out weeds?) and with a little research I realized that not only might it be good for weed control, it is also good for feeding animals, and it is a great cover crop, and it looks beautiful.
Hmmm….and one of my all time favorite family pictures is of my husband and daughter in an English country side Rape field (oh, how I wish I knew where the pre-sepia treatment image was!! The yellow was fantastic!)
My brief research had me thinking about how it’s uses are largely the same as those of Corn (oil, biofuel, feed, etc) but could it be at least vaguely useful as a garden plant? I am wondering if any of you know anything about growing rape (Brassica napus), using it in a garden, or on a slightly larger scale like a small field where I want to keep out the nasty wild raspberries and improve the soil in preparation for something else? I have read that it s quite useful to organic gardeners. Maybe you even know something about what to do with it as a harvest-able plant? If you’ve got some experience with this, please share, inquiring minds want to know.