12 Days Later
Our work on the food plot was done and the waiting was killing me. Crops do not grow over night. That might be the only thing I know for certain about planting crops. I have never had a garden of my own, my grass is probably average at best, and my food plots in the past have not done well. These reasons are why the waiting was not going well for me.
Day 5 seemed to come fairly quickly. We had time to study our trail cam pics and discuss the upcoming success of our food plot growth. The first week ended and Eric started calling me about going back up again to check on the growth. We planned to go 12 days after we had first planted. We had no idea what to expect 12 days later. Would the field be flush and green with tiny clover and greens popping up all over? We had plenty of rain, in fact maybe it was to much rain. Can you get to much rain? What if the field washed out and all we had was a huge mud puddle? Do we need to fertilize? So many questions and all hinged on what we saw 12 days later.
Eric got to the property before I did and started cutting grass. When I finally arrived we took the trusty Polaris out and made our trek to the field. I can tell you I was apprehensive when we rounded the last corner to see what all of our work looked like:
Not exactly what we were hoping to see. I wasn't entirely positive we were going to have lush green crops flowing forth from our field, but I was hoping to see something positive. Now this may just be the growth cycle, I really have no idea. The deer may have eaten all of our crops before they came up. Hell it may be on the verge of exploding into a lush tropical jungle full of pizza trees and jelly bean bushes. For this guy, 12 days was not the holiday I was hoping it would be.