Image source: . Deer Hate These 7 Plants (So Plant Them Around Your Garden) Written by: Kristen Duever Survival Gardening 2 Comments Print This Article. Most first-time ramp growers prefer bulbs that are dug for transplanting in early spring. The only reason I can come up with as to why hunters cross open fields to get to their deer stands is that they don’t understand that the deer eat in those fields at night. "Ramp feeds," known as ramp festivals now, have been taking a toll on ramp populations for years and the added pressure of their recent popularity has really put a hurting on their numbers. July 11, 2017 | By Ryan Basinger The very first time I planted rape (Brassica napus) was in 2001 on a property that had a high deer density of 50 to 70 per square mile according to a trail-camera survey. Don't Expect a Leisurely Stroll Through the Market. “Because deer avoid eating ramps, plants that deer eat voraciously, such as trilliums and squirrel corn, often persist in ramp stands long after deer have removed them from other sections of the forest.” Growing ramps from seed is possible, but it can take five to seven years until harvest time. 2. Deer are lovely, gentle animals that are a pleasant sight to see – when they are on someone else’s property, that is. Deer will eat cilantro, kale, chard, basil, okra, melon, summer squash, winter squash, bok choy, brussels sprouts, radish and potatoes if they are hungry enough, despite these edibles not being particular favorites. The implications affect conservationists and foodies alike. Forage Rape for Deer. Pickle your ramps, and you can eat them all year long. Leek : Ramps ( Wild Leeks ) Considered by many to be the best tasting member of the onion family. (Allium tricoccum) The leaves are are very tender early in the Spring and the bulb is edible year round, though they can toughen up in the summer.