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