Food plots are planted for deer for different reasons. Some plots are grown to attract deer for hunting. Some are grown because people like to watch the deer. In some instances, plots are grown to keep deer out of the main gardens. An added benefit of planting a food plot for deer is that they will get necessary nutrients.
Whatever the reason for growing a food plot, this article will address what should be grown and how it should be planted.
Step 1 - Choose the Location
Location is important. One thing to take into consideration is how watering will be carried out. If you are planting to keep deer out of a particular area, do not cultivate anything near the area that you are trying to protect.
If you are planning a garden specifically to attract deer, plant where the plot can be seen from a patio or window. Do not plant in drought-prone areas. Sunlight should shine upon the plot for at least half the day.
Step 2 - Getting Things Together
Decide on the seed that will be purchased for the plot. Oats and clover are good choices. Adding in some turnip either during initial planting or through the winter is another option. Deer enjoy these foods.
Purchase everything that is needed to complete the job ahead of time. Bring it all together in one location where the plot will be located so as not to waste time and effort running to fetch different items throughout the day.
Step 3 - Preparing the Soil
Plow or till the soil before making a visual inspection and collecting any large rocks. Take them out of the plot area.
Put the compost in the wagon or wheelbarrow and spread it over the field with a spade as evenly as possible. Because the plants will eventually be nibbled at by the deer, it is advisable to avoid all chemically-based fertilizers.
Work the plot again in order to mix the compost with the dirt. Be sure to reserve soil for covering the seeds.
Step 4 - Seeding
This can be done by hand or with a seed spreader. Either way, the seeds will need to be covered with dirt. Do not cover the seeds with more than a half inch of soil.
Step 5 - Finishing Up
Make sure the soil is damp by watering soon afterwards. Put tools and materials away. Save extra seed and compost for the next planting season.
Step 6 - Keeping Up
Simply water the area when necessary. Don't let the area dry out too much. A sprinkler system of some sort can be set up to make this easier if desired. Once the seeds begin to sprout, deer will be evident in the area.