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One last round of oat planting

Oat cover crop

Mark spent $9 on another 25 pounds of oat seeds...because the first 50 pounds just weren't quite enough for me.


And then, long-suffering husband that he is, he obliged me by weedeating some experimental beds to use up the seeds I couldn't find room for in the garden. This patch was pure weeds this spring, then I solarized it for a month or so in the summer. As you can see, partial-shade conditions and the power of perennial weeds meant that some plants sprang back up from the roots despite the cooking time. I'm hopeful that scattering oat seeds and weedeating to the ground just before a rain will mean the cover crops sprout and make a goat-fodder patch. Then perhaps we can fold this area into garden production next year. Or, worst-case scenario, we just wasted a buck of oat seeds and will have to start from scratch here if the experiment fails.

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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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Just wondering... when do you switch to rye as cover crop?
Comment by Deb Tue Sep 15 22:44:41 2015
Deb --- We switch over from oats to rye right now --- September 15. If you're going to add barley to the mix, you could probably plant barley now instead and save the rye for a little later in the fall.
Comment by anna Wed Sep 16 13:43:35 2015

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