Rapeseed

Rapeseed can be used in the garden as green manure.
Common name : Rapeseed
Scientific name : Brassica napus
Family : Brassicaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Annual
Brassica napus - the rapeseed or oilseed rape - is species of the mustard and cabbage family Brassicaceae cultivated mainly for its oil-rich seed.

Sowing & planting

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Caracteristics

Exposition
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 60 - 100
pH 6 - 7

Identify my rapeseed

Colza forms a single stem sizing 80 cm to 1 m, branched . It has alternate leaves embracing the stem for the upper leaves. These leaves are triangular, and carved, leaves near the base are long stalked. The yellow flowers are grouped in upright cluster, with 6 stamens, 4 rounded petals and 4 folded sepals. The fruits are in silique - like a pod - elongated.

Sow my rapeseed

Prepare the soil by breaking up the clods on the top of the soil, and push the coarser elements over to the edges with a rake. The smaller the seeds, the more you need to get a finer result. Sow seeds of less than 2mm in line or on the fly. For seeds between 2 and 4 mm, sow them in line with a few centimeters space in between. Finally, sow the large seeds in a heap: dig a little hole and put 2 to 5 seeds in it. Cover the seeds 2-3 times their height, add some sand if your soil is very heavy.

Water my rapeseed

Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !

Remove my rapeseed

At the end of the season, you can tear off this annual plant without any qualms: it will not grow again next year.

Reap my rapeseed

To produce green manure, cut the seedlings before the seeds are formed, and leave them on the ground. Cut the leaves to eat before they harden. Rapeseed is an hybrid of cabbage, so its leaves are edible ...

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