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Help on plots

I was wondering,is there a food plot seed that grows in the woods under low light. I was planing on putting out a small plot.

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Re: Help on plots

I am 13 years old so I would really appreciate help and advice.
Thanks

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Re: Help on plots

Welcome to BGH hunterboy! Thumbs up

Can't help you with the food plots, but there are some articles in the featured article section that may be of help:

End of Summer Food Plots
http://www.biggamehunt.net/sections/Whitetail_Deer/End-of-Summer-Food-Pl...

Small Seeds + Small Plots = Big Bucks
http://www.biggamehunt.net/sections/Whitetail_Deer/Small-Seeds--Small-Pl...

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Welcome to BGH hunterboy.

Most any of the "commercial" plot mixes will work well in low light conditions.
They will have Rye, Chicory, Clover and Rape.
As a general rule Grasses, Brassica, Forage Chicory, and Legumes do not require "direct sunlight" to grow. Just being out in the daylight is enough.
They will do better with 4-6 hours of Sunlight but do not 'require" it.
Just plant them east to west and the Sun will fall on them for a few hours a day.

Fruit bearing plants on the other hand, do require Direct Sunlight, some even full sunlight all day long.
These include Corn, Soybeans, Oats, Wheat. etc. Whenever possible plant these east to west also, to maximize sunlight contact.

More importantly you will need the proper pH levels in the soil. Too acidic and your plants won't utilize the fertilizer.
Get a soil sample and contact your local County Extension or Ag center to have it tested. They'll tell you the amount of Lime and the type and amount of fertilizer that you'll need and the best seed mix as well. At the least mix in 50 lbs of Lime per 1/4 acre a couple weeks before you plant and just before you expect rain. You can fertilize then also.

That is a quick glazing over, hope it helps.
Ask for more info if you need too.

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Thanks a million . I was planing on making one 20by20 plot in the woods and clearing out some trees. If you have any more info id appretiate it. Big smile

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20X20 ain't very big, You have more room than that?
Deer will destroy that in 1 or 2 nights.
I have small plot that is about 18 feet wide and about 100ft long. I can hardly keep enough growing to keep any benefit for the Deer.
my larger plot is about 20 feet wide but runs close to 100 yards but is broken up occasionally by thickets a few yards wide and by points in the Pines that stick out into the plot, which is actually an old double-row fire-break.

I think that you and your Deer would benefit more if you would mabe plant several 20x20plots fairly close to each other but far enough apart to keep some cover for concealed movement between them.

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OK Duh we only have about 2 acers and not much deer but we have taken a few nice deer.Would two 20by20s crammed together work?thanks

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hunterboy

How about planting whatever size food plot you feel comfortable planting on 2 acres. I would also suggest planting some fruit trees of some sort. Check with Ag Dept in your county to see what will best grow there. If you have Oaks or Honeysuckle on your property, I would fertilize them in the spring time. If you don't have Oaks then I would buy some from a local forrester. We planted Sawtooth oaks last Jan. We plan on planting fruit bearing trees here shortly. There is a variety of Persimmon tree that produces fruit from Sept to Nov. Can't think of the name right now but I will let you know when I remember. It won't take a lot to get deer/turkeys using your property, provided you have enough cover available. Make sure to provide some sort of protection for the newly planted trees as the bucks love to rub them. Good luck

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thanks alot.Any more info would be nice.

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