How To Plant a Swamp Plot
There’s more to swamps than the boogie man, wet socks and big ol’ gators. Believe it or not, you can actually develop food plots in your local muck hole! If your hunting land has a lot of low wet areas, you might be the perfect candidate to try out a swamp plot. I’d never thought of trying to plant a food plot in a swampy area, but it makes sense when you think about it. The key ingredient for success in a swamp plot is moist soil. Swamps inherently have very moist soil and this is going to provide you with the moisture, organic matter and other nutrients that your plots will need to be succesful. With a swamp plot you can count on near instant seed germination and that is one sweet perk.
So how do you put one of these bad boys in the ground? First pick a nice swampy, wet area, size doesn’t really matter. Once you have a location, wait until the ground is dry enough to walk on and the current plant life has grown up to about three or four inches. At this point you can spray it with Roundup, Ed recommends two quarts per acre. Now take your soil test and broadcast your lime, fertilizer and seed all on the same day.
Ideally this should be done early July through mid-August and if so, Ed recommends broadcasting 6 lbs/acre of a brassica mix for this plot. At the end of August, he plants 25 lbs/acre each of wheats, oats and rye right into the brassica mix. These two forages are ideal because they are easily and quickly germinated. Ed recommends only planting annuals in a plot like this, with other forage options being buckwheat, triticale, sorghum, turnips, milo, millet and kale.
Supposedly this is a great plot to hunt over, as the forage is young, nutritious and very digestible come hunting season. So if you’re looking for a great little hunting plot in your wet areas, this might be the perfect option. I’m definitely planning on giving this a shot, as my property up north is about as swampy as it gets.
If you’ve had any success with a swamp plot in the past, let us know how it went!
To see Part’s 1 and 2 of this series click the following links.