It’s September 1st and I want to have a decent food plot growing for the start of archery season in October. Now, I know you are supposed to do a soil test to find out what your soil’s PH is, but there isn’t any time for that at the moment. It’s really late in the game, but I’m hoping I can have some good results in a few weeks. I picked up some of this Evolved Habitat’s Harvest Throw & Gro, No-till Forage with the hope that I’d be able to create a mini food plot in the heavily-wooded mountains where I hunt. The seed mix consists of clover, brassica and ryegrass.
I previously cleared a section of ferns in a clearing I named “Fern Gully” (see part 1 here) and minimally prepped the ground for the seed (just raked up the vegetation and removed debris). If this truly is a no-till, throw & grow product, we will found out.
I seeded the area and added a small amount of basic fertilizer for good measure. Below are photos of what the ground looked like after seeding and fertilizing. You can see that there are still plenty of fern stems and other debris on the ground. I am hoping this Throw & Gro food plot mix lives up to it’s name.
The property I own is on the side of a mountain and just about completely wooded. During the fall, deer are retreating to heavily wooded areas such as this and are looking for food sources to help sustain them through the rut. Creating a mini food plot in this sort of environment can be a real draw for those elusive mountain bucks.
Luckily, I have a nice opening in the forest which is about 1/10th of an acre that is completely full of ferns (which is why I named it “Fern Gully”). In late August (August 27th to be exact), I decided to try and make a mini food plot at Fern Gully and see how it turned out for the upcoming archery season.
You may have had one of these tools around the barn or garage while you were growing up like I did. Grass whips are a simple and efficient way to get rid of weeds (or ferns in this case). They are lightweight (which is helpful when working in remote locations) and durable. Plus, you can work on your golf swing while whacking weeds! The particular grass whip I used for this project was from Amazon: True Temper 2942600 Grass Whip with Double-Edged Serrated Steel Blade with 38 in. Hardwood Handle, Black
I cleared out a good portion of the ferns, but wanted to leave a decent amount for bedding areas. I noticed that the deer had quite a few beds in the area and I wanted to leave some spots untouched so they would continue bedding down there. I then raked the area and removed old vegetation and debris (bigger rocks, rotten logs, etc.) and prepped it to plant my mini food plot in the forest.