Yesterday I came back to the plot and seeded it in brassicas, simply broadcasting them among the thatch with a hand-crank spreader. I could hear the tiny seeds bouncing off the thatch as I walked, but I knew they were sifting through the layer of dead material and hitting the dirt. There’s rain in the forecast this week, and I fully expect those little brassica seeds to germinate and start growing. Even better, the thatch will help absorb and retain moisture (both rain and dew) that will help the brassicas grow, even if we get a dry spell. While I chose brassicas for this plot, rye or oats would have been great choices, too, as they germinate easily, grow aggressively, and are highly attractive to deer. Even better, they’re cheap.