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Last call for oats

Weedy greens

The fall garden could use some weeding, but this week is the last call for planting oats as a cover crop in our climate, so the weeds will have to wait.

Oat cover crop

I find it hard to believe that I will have used up the whole 48 pound bag of oat seeds by the end of the week.  The bag has already seeded 26 garden beds, one of our larger chicken pastures, and will be used to plant another heaping handful of beds in the next few days.  I guess weevils won't be a problem this year!  I'm already drooling over all of the homegrown organic matter and next year's lower weeding pressure.

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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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