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got my oat seeds

now what? LOL! I don't have a rototiller so am I going to have to weed the whole plot and then till it with my 3 pronged hoe thingie? cuz thats a lot of work. is there an easier way? and then how far down do I plant the seeds again?

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Here is some oat-info from the [url=https://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/cgi-bin/CCrop.exe/show_crop_28]Cover Crop Database[/url] :wink:.
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Well, you could put down cardboard, layer a few truckloads of compost, grass clippings, straw, leaves and more compost on top! Then you can broadcast your seed over that and just water it in well... Done!

I will till before I broadcast, but very shallowly.
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I have small grain seeds to get planted for winter growing too.
I have never done this before! Yikes. I don't have a tiller either.

I didn't know there were hulled and hullless oats, and I didn't get the hulless ones. It is my understanding that hulls are very hard to remove, good thing I have animals to eat them!

I did buy a book on small grain growing. In it they talk about a 10x10 area for growing them! That would be huge to me. I am not going to till that big of an area by hand! I am going to section off my beds, and use various sections for grains, interspersed with winter crops like onions and garlic, lettuce, radishes, chard etc. Who knows if it will work?
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I'm doing the Fukuoka method. Scatter, then mulch. I'm using grass clippings, weeds, spent tomato leaves and dill stalks, etc. I still have to spread a thin layer of compost. I'm also going to scatter some seeds coated in clay. I heard some rustling around the area where I scattered the oat seeds and the distinct alarm squeak, and have the feeling that chipmunks have been at them. :evil:

The other day, I saw a "Chippy" on the patio from an upstairs window, and his cheeks were so full they extended wider than his body. :lol:

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HAHA! I bet those are some happy chipmunks!
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OK, so do I not have to get the weeds out? I'm cofused after reading AS post... I knwo that I need to get at this like NOW. I was going to put it where my corn was and scatter it everywhere else. IDK what to do. I just don't have much time and well, I need to get this done... as it is its not going to grow very tall at all before winter kill. maybe a foot they said.

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sheeshshe, I'm doing something that is pretty experimental for me and not one that I already have successful personal experience with -- for sowing oats, anyway. I can say with confidence that [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12804]my experiments with rice[/url] have been a resounding success. :()

But if you look up "no-till" here in the HGG forum and elsewhere, there are a lot of articles written about it. We've also been talking a lot about cutting weeds at the ground level rather than digging them up -- one good thread is [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=21761]this one[/url]. Also, the two books we've read/are reading in the Gardening Book Club Forums advocate no-till.
[url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=43]Teaming with Microbes[/url]
[url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=46]One Straw Revolution[/url]

I have a pretty easy going attitude about how successful this is going to be. I'm curious and *want* it to succeed. You might not feel the same way.

Please note though, that in the rest of my garden, I have not tilled or dug the ground, except to build raised beds by digging the topsoil out of the path and piling ONTO the beds. So I have a pretty good feeling about this method. :wink:

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excellent! I'll read those links when the kids are napping ;) but, yeah... I just need to get it all in like today or it won't even be worth doing it at all.

on a side note, I was out there getting the corn stalks out and apparnelty I had a worm on m e that I just found EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! now I feel like I have them crawlign all over me!

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