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Going to plant a field just for portrait photography

 
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Sep 18, 2014 16:22 |  #1

So I am going to plant about a 3/4 acer field strictly for photography purposes. Any suggestions what to plant? I am headed to our local feed store this weekend to talk with them and see what I should plant that gives the best look for the least dollars.

I know its a long shot here but figured someone might be able to give some advice.




  
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Sep 18, 2014 16:25 |  #2

I would go sunflowers but thats pretty much a high concept look. What sort of look are you going for?




  
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Sep 18, 2014 16:29 |  #3

Hmmm... this is tough.. sunflowers, for example only last 2 weeks or so blooming, before they start getting torn up. i think personally I would go for some tall grass/ native grass with wild flowers mixed in. Flowers thru the summer, if you have different varieties, native grass will look nice and then turn pretty colors in the fall. An idea only. May have to water this regularly to get it to come up right.. that may be a consideration.


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Sep 18, 2014 16:29 |  #4

The crop cameras will probably grow the best..

Sorry, couldn't resist...

I am actually interested in this. Are you talking about things like wildflowers, and sunflowers and the like?

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Sep 18, 2014 16:31 as a reply to  @ mainbyte's post |  #5

I was honestly thinking more like a wheat field, I thought about a small patch of sunflowers since they are only around for a short time. I had not thought about doing a tall grass with wildflowers tossed in that might look good.

Watering is not a huge issue, however something that requires little to non is even better.




  
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Sep 18, 2014 16:32 |  #6

Fescue rather than wheat. Its a hardy grass used in hay fields.




  
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Sep 18, 2014 16:35 |  #7

gonzogolf wrote in post #17163811 (external link)
Fescue rather than wheat. Its a hardy grass used in hay fields.

will that grow tall, say weist high on an average female




  
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Sep 18, 2014 16:47 |  #8

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #17163814 (external link)
will that grow tall, say weist high on an average female

Yes. Thats exactly what it does.




  
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Sep 18, 2014 18:24 |  #9

Sunflower can be highly effective in a fairly narrow strip. Depending on your layout of your land you could fairly effectively plant different crops that would give you more to work with. Small dip or hallow in the ground could get low laying wild flower for example, or clover, while just over the rise of the hill you plant your wheat or tall grass. Think of how the sun tracks, and what kind of backgrounds you would have.


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Sep 19, 2014 02:22 |  #10

Plant marijuana.




  
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Sep 19, 2014 07:03 as a reply to  @ skilsaw's post |  #11

What is there now?

Most non creeping grasses will grow like fescue. Keep in mind that fescue will generally seed a couple of times a summer growing season. If you want to have options throughout the year you might want to plan to mow it back once or twice a season, don't cut it short, 5-10 inches maybe. Otherwise you will have standing seed shoots that are brown, broken and funky looking. Dead stuff in pics usually doesn't work.

I would also go down to the local farm supply store and ask what kinds of cover crops are available for your area. There are a large variety of perennial cover crops that each do best at different times of year. A mix of grasses and wild flowers that would reseed themselves would be nice IMO.


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Sep 19, 2014 07:36 |  #12

Sequoia Trees. Plant and wait.


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Sep 19, 2014 07:50 as a reply to  @ Narwhal's post |  #13

:lol

with some tricky use of perspective, young sequoias just might work.


LittleJon, i googled something for you http://smallfarms.oreg​onstate.edu/improving-soil-quality-crops (external link)

do an image search for some of these things. Sorghum is way too tall, but many of the others might be good for you. With the amount of space you have you could do a patch in the middle with nothing but grasses, and then have some wild flowers, clover etc around the edges. just a thought.


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Sep 19, 2014 08:06 |  #14

Throw in a few sparse corn poppies for a splash of color and to break up the background a bit?


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Sep 19, 2014 08:37 |  #15

Wow everyone keep the advice coming, im already getting way more info then I figured I would from a photography site. Currently we have just field/grass. There is a lot of nursery stock all around us and some great views of Mt. Hood. My wife is putting a call into the nursery that leases some of the land from us to see if maybe they could help us out too.




  
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