Utilization based on game camera survey on this crop choice + evidence of use
This plot was excavated during the summer of 2015 and planted that same fall. It came up better than expected for that year but I still had drainage problems and needed more soil amendments. Both of those projects were completed this year and it made a big difference. The plot was outstanding in all regards with explosive, lush growth, and giant bulbs from our radishes and turnips. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'd give the plot a solid 9 for plot growth and results. Couldn't be happier.
Activity started out slow despite an early planting (for brassicas) on August 5th. By mid September the plot was drawing deer - primarily due to the 100lbs of Austrian Peas. By October, the radishes were getting hammered followed by the turnips a little later. We had greens into December and at that time the deer activity skyrocketed. January saw nonstop action before snowfall reached 4 feet in early February and the deer could no longer reach the crops.
This plot is our biggest, coming in around 2.5 - 3 acres. It is also the deepest into the property at the edge of our sanctuary. On December 3rd I watched our new number one buck breed a doe within easy rifle shot of my archery blind. We hunted there several times and saw multiple deer every time out. I have a little more drainage work to do but it's very close to ideal at this point.
September Photo (Macro)
September Photo (Micro)
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