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post #1 of 237 (permalink) Old 01-29-2015, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Diggin' through the snow

Here are a few pics from our largest food plot, taken Thursday, January 29th.

The plot had oats (now toast), rye, turnips, and winter peas in it. There is quite a bit of digging from the local deer herd.





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post #2 of 237 (permalink) Old 01-29-2015, 08:13 PM
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Great stuff! Helping out during the deep freeze.
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post #4 of 237 (permalink) Old 02-09-2015, 06:31 AM
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Re: Diggin' through the snow

What kind of turnips are they?
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Re: Diggin' through the snow

There are several different varieties of turnips in the mix we planted. I believe the turnip pictured is a Purple Top Turnip though....

Some of the brassica plants didn't grow a "bulb" such as the turnip you see above...plus there are some radishes in the mix as well. The deer are also pounding the top growth to this mix.

I got some more pictures over the weekend when I was there....you can see how they have eaten off the top growth in the first and second pic.

Also - the deer are digging through the snow to get to this stuff while there are 3 large fields of standing beans in the farm fields below with literally tons of beans above the snow....







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Yep, they're hammering my purple tops as well. I have a 3 does that are there about 5 nights a week. Sometimes for hours.

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Here are some pics I took over the weekend....coming of spring, or so we thought. We got snowed on like crazy Saturday morning for about an hour...it put a damper on a few of our plans, but we still got a lot accomplished.

Fruit trees pruned, some work done on the cabin, some work done on the lane to the cabin, and some clean up and fertilizing around other seedlings.

Here is some young clover starting to green up alongside some cereal rye that appears to be getting hit fairly hard.



A wide view of the plot...the oats are long-gone toast, but the rye and clover are greening up quickly.



A turnip that was munched, along with a top to another brassica plant eaten to the nub.



A nice find right in the middle of a clover road:



The deer hammered these ailanthus shoots over the winter, as they were easy pickins above the snow level. I guess the ailanthus are good for something....



Can you find the spruce "tree" in this picture?? Deer hammered it over the winter, despite spruces being somewhat deer resistant...a white pine seedling nearby got hit even harder.


A smaller plot with clover starting to green up. The deer pretty much cleaned up the turnips in here. You can see some of the "fertilizer" that the deer left behind to help the plot this spring - ha. I did manage to get 5 Flowering Dogwoods from MDC started along the fringes of this plot...but they were the only trees I was able to get into the ground so far.



Here's a look at the scene on Saturday morning in the snow...



This is the second growing season for this clover road...we frost-seeded it in March of 2014.

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Re: Diggin' through the snow

Nice update, OAWC! Good to see a little green coming on. Is the spruce a Norway? Most of my white pine get chewed on, but have been fortunate with Norways so far.

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Thanks ng270. I'm not sure if the spruce is a Norway or a White. I have planted both, and I can't recall what this one is.

This spruce was readily available to the deer, in an open area. There was another a few yards away that is somewhat "protected" by a hinge-cut maple...they didn't seem to bother it at all.

I plan to get a bunch more evergreens in the ground this spring, so hopefully the browse damage is spread across more seedlings and had less impact.
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What a difference a few days can make! Check out the same plots between March 27th and April 11th. The sunshine helps out in the April 11th pics, along with the bright green ninja turtle - ha.

March 27th:



April 11th:


March 27th:



April 11th:


The lil man helped put out some minerals for the deer as well...he asked what they were for, and the best I could come up with was comparing them to his gummy vitamins. So now he tells everyone he put out vitamins for the deer...



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