I am 68 years old, a life time bow & gun deer hunter. However, I am new to planting deer forage crops.
On August 17, 2009 I planted 5 pounds Evolved Harvest Throw & Grow around a hand cleared level area down to bare soil (50'x50') out in front of my homemade tower deer box stand.
I read the planting instructions but did not do a pH test nor did I fertilize and lime the soil as recommended. I used a hand spreader to broadcast the seed evenly. I then lightly raked the seed into the soil, covering it with a thin layer of dirt.
On August 29, 2009 I saw the first signs of Throw & Grow forage growth in front of my stand.
My stand sits on the edge of a wild grass power line just inside the edge among a few trees for cover. The other side of the blind overlooks a large cutover that has 3 to 6 foot unevenly spaced pine trees.
My food plot gets direct sunlight about 4 hours a day.
The first 4" of soil is rich & black near the surface but then gets loomy and sandy further down. The soil appear rich from decomposing ground cover and has not been planted. The area gets good rainfall.
September 5, 2009 I fertilized the area with 20 pounds of WalMart 13-0-13. Surprisingly, my Throw & Grow is growing. I would like to know if it is too late to do a soil test and if needed can I spread some lime over the growing Forage & if so when & how much ?
The only equipment I have are my bare hands, rake, shovel, ATV & WalMart hand crank spreader. I would also like to know if I can apply another 5 pound bag of the Throw & Grow over the existing food plot and should I fertilize & lime beforehand ?