Skip to main content Skip to main content

Planting Food Plots Without Implements

Planting Food Plots Without Implements

When you're facing a situation where you might not have the equipment you need for a food plot or the cover is too thick to get a tractor to your desired location, there are several options to consider.

You can get brassicas to grow almost anywhere that you can get sunlight to the ground.  The first part of September would be a good planting time.

You can choose between packaged products like Biologic, Winter-Greens and Frigid Forage, or you can buy purple top turnips and dwarf Essex rape from online seed dealers.

I know hunters that literally use a rake to clear the leaves away and toss the seeds right on the moist soil shortly before a rain.  However, you will definitely do best if you eliminate the competition first and plant in a small opening with maximum sunlight.


Consider using a backpack sprayer filled with RoundUp to kill the grass and low brush in the opening first.  After about two weeks, go back and remove as much residue as possible.


Ideally, you can get a small garden tiller in there on the back of your ATV.  If not, you can make do with a simple weed cutter and a garden rake.  Open things up so that sunlight hits the ground.  Spread some basic lawn fertilizer with the seed.  In a month, you'll have a nice food plot.  It may take the deer some time to find and fully utilize the offering.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

New for 2021: Excalibur Crossbow, BowTech Bows, TightSpot Quiver, Ripcord Rests, Black Gold Sights

New for 2021: Excalibur Crossbow, BowTech Bows, TightSpot Quiver, Ripcord Rests, Black Gold Sights

New for 2021 are several hunter-defined products, such as the Excalibur TwinStrike Crossbow, BowTech Solution and Solution SS Bows, TightSpot Pivot 2.5 Quiver, Ripcord Cage and Code Red X arrowrests, and Black Gold Pro FX and Pro Hunter HD sights.

New for 2021: Rage Broadhead, Nockturnal Nock, Carbon Express Arrows

New for 2021: Rage Broadhead, Nockturnal Nock, Carbon Express Arrows

New for 2021, here's a look at the new Rage Trypan NC, Nockturnal Shift Nock, Carbon Express Maxima RED Contour and D-Stroyer PileDRIVER arrows.

New for 2021: Elite Archery Bows, Slick Trick Broadheads and CBE Sight

New for 2021: Elite Archery Bows, Slick Trick Broadheads and CBE Sight

Learn more about two new Elite Archery bows, the Enkore and Remedy, two new broadhead from Slick Trick and a new site from Custom Bow Equipment (CBE).

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Petersen's Bowhunting App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Petersen's Bowhunting stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Bowhunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now