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Question by GunNut. Uploaded on July 25, 2010
Beekeeper gave a good recommendation for a pre-mix seed combo that worked well in shade a few days ago. I don't remember what it was, but you might use the search bar on this answers page to pull it up.
Instead of pouring money into a food plot in an area of ground that's tough to grow a food plot, you may want to consider some other less expensive and equally produtive options. Timber Stand Improvement (TSI), browse cuts, creating edge, creating sanctuaries, prescribed fire, selective herbicide application, and fertilizing natural food sources such as fruiting trees and field edges are all fantastic alternatives, and they are just as much a part of QDM as growing food plots. In fact, you might say that it was the cheapest, easiest, and cheapest food plot option because it doesn't require clearing land, buying seed, preparing soil, or any of the other headaches associated with growing food plots. Good luck!
A food plot will not do well with no sun. BioGuy gives good advice, as usual
Would a feeder work?
I've hand seeded areas simular to yours after removing leaves and brush with a rake. I buy a mix of winter wheat, ryegrass, clover, rape and turnips from the local co op. first I'll rake in a little 10-10-10 or 13-13-13, then using a hand broadcaster, I'll seed the area. As long as the area gets 3 good hours of sun the plot will grow. This a low percentage plot, but will still offer an attracting green up. I've seen the winter wheat and ryegrass germinate in pine needles. I'll also partially cut small trees so they create laydowns that live and offer fresh browse for the deer.
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