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Flowering oats

Cutting cover crops with the Ninja blade

It's that time of year when oat cover crops flower and need to be retired.

Rake cut oats evenly on bed, apply 5 gallon bucket of manure, cover with straw and repeat.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Actually, this is the buckwheat, being cut down to turn into garlic beds. But you did cut a bed of flowering oats for me --- I planted them a bit too early!
Comment by anna Fri Sep 9 19:17:24 2011

I love how you converse with him online. He's probably sitting right beside you. But now we can all be sure of what we're seeing there so thanks!

Your garden looks fantastic. You told me once that it doesn't have to look like it's on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens but that sort of does. :-)

Comment by Everett Sun Sep 11 19:25:30 2011

Hey, he was all the way out in the East Wing! I would have had to walk soooo far. :-)

More seriously, I considered just correcting his error, but figured others might enjoy the blog not to be too highly edited.

Thanks for saying that about our garden! I have a tendency to see the gaps where things didn't come up and the beds sorely in need of weeding, but when I step back, I have been noticing the cover crops turn the fall garden into quite a lovely spot.

Comment by anna Sun Sep 11 21:19:39 2011

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