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Rookie food plotter need suggestions
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c5ken 24-Mar-23
darralld 24-Mar-23
Pat Lefemine 24-Mar-23
scentman 24-Mar-23
From: c5ken
My 5ac Ladino plot needs to be replanted.

I plan on disking it up, kill weeds with ROUND-UP & 2FDB then replant in mid- August.

I'de like to keep deer hitting the plot during the summer before I kill it off and replant.

Is there anything I can plant in the spring for a few months before I kill it off & replant?

From: darralld
If you already have clover planted just broadcast new seed & let the rain do the work. Spray with weed killer that won't kill broadleaf plants.

From: Pat Lefemine

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Ken, what you proposed is doable, but not optimal IMO. If you look at my 5 acre clover plot it's pretty much damn near perfect with almost zero weeds. It was previously a pasture. Here's what I did:

Before you do anything get a soil test and amend as directed. You'll probably need some lime.

Burned everything down with Glyfo and 24D in May. Wait until it becomes a moonscape. I then disked it up in July and hit it with herbicide again when the tiny weed and grass seeds started to emerge. It was basically dead-dead by then. In late august, I broadcasted a combination of oats (as the nurse crop) and the perennial clover mix. I went 125% on the recommended clover mix. The following spring, hit it with IMAX twice, and on year 3 hit it with IMAX 3 times.

Pic above is what it looks like now.

Good luck

From: scentman
Listen to Pat, he has alot of blood, sweat, and tears in this area... Pat that plot looks like a Chia pet plot, it looks so good!

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