Oats Cover Crop Seed

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Organic Oats Cover Crop Seed Seeds

Makes mats of mulch

Avena sativa
Sow oats to smother weeds and grow your own mulch.
A quick-growing annual winter-kill cover crop. Roots help prevent soil erosion and top becomes the cleanest straw when grown in fall. Sow thickly for the most effective mulch.
Product ID# CO0079 , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

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Quick Facts
Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 60 days
Planting Depth 1 inch
Spacing in Row 2 inches
Spacing Between Rows 4 inches
Height at Maturity 12 to 18 inches
Detailed Product Info

Oats are quick growing annual winter-kill cover crops that have many beneficial benefits. The roots create a mat of organic matter which helps prevent soil erosion, and the top becomes the cleanest straw when grown in the fall. Sow thickly for the most effective mulch. Sow in the late summer in any space you do not plan on planting in until spring. The timing works well behind summer brassicas, lettuces and beets, and behind alliums. A highly recommend fall cover crop! Oats are very effective in the spring as well, but need to be incorporated to kill the plant in the summer. Mow plant and incorporate with hand tools about 6 inches deep on a small scale, or use mechanical cultivation to incorporate on a larger scale.

Garden Pack: 1/2 pound, sows roughly 125 square feet
Homestead Pack: 1 pound, sows roughly 250-300 square feet
Farm Pack: 5 pounds, sows roughly 1,500 square feet

Growing Instructions

Sow oats in the spring, mid-summer or late summer! Oats need to be buried for best germination. To broadcast: Prepare bed space by working soil well and raking the surface flat. Broadcast seeds evenly at 1 pound per 250 square feet. Using a rake or hoe, work oats in to a depth of 1/2-1" deep. Water in well. To sow in rows: Sow as you would a direct sow crop, using a seeder or by making furrows. Sow about 1" deep, in rows spaced 8" apart. Keep area well watered until oats sprout and put on a bit of growth. Oats will winter kill. In the spring, when you are ready to plant into the bed, transplant through the oats, or incorporate the roots and plant matter well with a hoe or with mechanical tillage.