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    Food Plots

    I have to admit it is only within the last few months that learned about what food plots are.

    I saw the term mentioned in some posts on the web and I had to look it up because it didn't sound like these were gardens for veggies that were being talked about.

    Here is my question - from what I have read people create food plots for hunting. Is that correct?

    One gardening tip I read somewhere suggested that if you grew a food plot it would give the local deer and such a food source that would distract them from the veggie garden.

    I'm wondering if any of you have tried this tactic and if so with any positive results.

    I would be happy to till some ground and plant some clover or whatever to keep the deer from chowing on my veggies!

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    I have a friend that always planted a small garden for the rabbits, and they would stop working there way into his "real" garden that was fenced off. Before the second garden, rabbits ate almost everything, as it came up.

    I just have my garden in my fenced yard, so deer and rabbits, etc., as less likely to get into it, as the dogs are out there often. Now, if I could figure out a way to keep the dogs from eating my tomatoes.....
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    I am considering doing this exact thing. I am planting a new garden for the first time at our new property and do not want to put up a fence to keep the critters away. I will see how well it does with no protection but if it gets to be just food for the wildlife then next year I will plant them their own just a few hundred yards away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alembic View Post
    One gardening tip I read somewhere suggested that if you grew a food plot it would give the local deer and such a food source that would distract them from the veggie garden.

    I'm wondering if any of you have tried this tactic and if so with any positive results.
    Don't bet on it. Our deer always manage to sample everything, the wife's flower garden and the veggie garden. Six foot deer fence keeps the out. Easy to put up, easy to take down for tilling!
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    You'd think with all the grass and clover fields around us we wouldn't have deer problems.
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    As long as it's green - I consider it "yard" - Clover, dandelions, etc. are ALL welcome in my yard and as a result there are tons of deer feeding there just about every day.

    When I re-seed an area I use a deer feed mix rather than grass seed. The plants are hardier (as they are really weeds), I never have to water, and I go through less REAL deer feed during hunting season.

    As for them not going after other stuff as a result - not so much. They still tear into my fruit trees (now surrounded by fencing at each tree) and LOVE eating my wife's hastas (I think I spelled that right.)

    For a garden - I plan on putting up a small greenhouse eventually. Put gutters along the roof and route into catch basins with drip feeders for low maintenance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GREENVA View Post
    I am considering doing this exact thing. I am planting a new garden for the first time at our new property and do not want to put up a fence to keep the critters away. I will see how well it does with no protection but if it gets to be just food for the wildlife then next year I will plant them their own just a few hundred yards away.
    Put it that far away, and it won't help much. Around here, the rabbit/deer/other wildlife garden is about 10-15 yards away from the fenced "human" garden. Both contain the same items to grow. With easy access to their own, they leave the fenced sections alone.
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    A no hunting deer attitude like some people want is the problem. When my neighbors chickens ruined our garden some years ago I was told by the law enforcement that I could shoot/kill what is ruining my stuff. With people it's only if they intend to kill/mime us. This year I think it's open season on crows, they keep getting bigger and multiplying. It's like they invite their whole family over. And they act like this place belongs to them along with everything that we plant. Like we're doing this for them. Henry likes to reach out and touch and he touches with a .17 at 3000 FPS. Deer don't bother us much. Crows...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    A no hunting deer attitude like some people want is the problem. When my neighbors chickens ruined our garden some years ago I was told by the law enforcement that I could shoot/kill what is ruining my stuff. With people it's only if they intend to kill/mime us. This year I think it's open season on crows, they keep getting bigger and multiplying. It's like they invite their whole family over. And they act like this place belongs to them along with everything that we plant. Like we're doing this for them. Henry likes to reach out and touch and he touches with a .17 at 3000 FPS. Deer don't bother us much. Crows...
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    We hunt deer, and almost everything else around here. Still doesn't save your garden if you don't fence it off.
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    Michigan is the 2nd largest deer hunting state in the nation with 1.1 million hunters hitting the woods just for firearm season (not including the 3 month bow/crossbow season), we harvest 500-600K deer annuallly and the herd is still north of 2 million head. There is just an ample supply of food to support a VERY large population of them around here despite a serious hunting crowd.

    Anyone around here that wants to have a garden has to wall it in, otherwise they see crop loss.
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