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Planting clover with oats

I've prepped my plot, been planting on the same soil for 3 years now. Last fall I planted turnips, which turned out decent. This year, I'd like to plant clover with some oats to cover it up. My question is most of you buy a pre-mixed bag of seeds, or do you mix it yourself. I know where I can buy each separately nearby, but not sure if I could get it in a pre made mix. Also, do most of you mow or weed whack this type of cover in the fall? Any help would be great. Thanks!
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Re: Planting clover with oats

When I first started my clover plot, I wanted to try something different. I actually seeded in Sunflowers with the clover and chicory. The sunflowers gave them decent shade, and let me really get established. The deer focused on the sunflowers, since they were easy to reach and they just love them anyways. The following spring, I just gave a little frost seeding early and waited. Ended up with one of the nicest clover plots I've ever seen. I can put up some pics of the sunflowers if you want.

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Re: Planting clover with oats

i buy them seperate at the local feed and seed. cheaper than premixed
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Re: Planting clover with oats

I buy it seperate and spread it seperate. No reason to mix them in a bag, mix them in the soil after you get nice even layers down. Seem to get a more even germintaion of both seeds that way.

Like making a PB and J sandwich....you don't need to mix it in a jar then spread it on the bread.

I may have to try sunflower this year, my BIL plants some and has similar results..good tip archeryman!




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I think sunflowers are one of those "candy" plants for deer.

I've never planted them, but had intentions. Saw a plot one time on a SGL where the only place where the sunflowers existed in a plot was in the exclusion cage.



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I buy it seperate and spread it seperate. No reason to mix them in a bag, mix them in the soil after you get nice even layers down.
Agree. I do the same for my fall annual plot. I till my ground, broadcast the oats/rye, lightly till them in, then broadcast dwarf essex rape seed, then drag/cultipack it. You would do the same - just swap clover seed for the rape seed.
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Re: Planting clover with oats

Thanks for the suggestions, I may just have to try the sunflower approach! Is there a rate for broadcasting sunflowers in a field like that? Also, did you have to cut the sunflowers in the fall or did they just die off? Again, thanks for the input.
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Re: Planting clover with oats

Sunflowers just die off. Birds seem to get at them before deer do. Deer love them turnips! I keep planting them also with your clover. This year im going to plant some soybeans. Never had much luck with chicory. I mow my plot until late July then i only disc then i throw my seeds,I used to broadcast big pain,always jam up. then i drag it,Thats it. First year i plow,disc,seeded,then drag,By August every thing look dead.So now i do it later seems to work better for me.
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Yep, sunflowers will die off in early fall. Clover is still there though, and will stay green for most of October.

Then, next spring, just frost seed a little to thicken it up, and you will have a real nice clover plot established.

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Again, thanks for the suggstions. Looks like I have a little work to do!
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