Great advise, I've been trying to work out a similar plan in Maine. The growing season is short, and I have no tractor or atv so this advise has been right on for me. Any special advise for Maine, since this is farther north than the postings I see here.? Also, anyone on this forum that lives/hunts in Maine? I would like to make contact if so.
Good hunting everyone.
This is a very do-able thing. You can do a lot with a hand sprayer, garden rake and pull roller. The biggest recomendation that I can give you is "lime". In the deep woods, you will usually have acidic soils and most plants don't grow very well in acidic soils. Not to mention the acidic soil does not allow your plant to utilize all the nutrients from the soil. Lime is cheap and when planting 1/4 acre, it is not too difficult to spread. I see a lot of great suggestions in this forum as far as what type of seeds to plant. My personal choice would be a mixture of white clover and brassicas. Plant this in August and you will have a very attractive plot from fall right through December into January. Somebody has already mentioned to open up the canopy as much as possible. This is great advice. The problem with brassicas, is that if you don't have enough planted, the deer will wipe them out in a couple of days. After the first or second hard frost, there is a chemical change in the brassica plant that releases sugars and the deer really tear them up.
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