Homegrown Oat Grains – Learn How To Grow Oats At Home For Food
Oats are one of the most nutritious grains available. They have high levels of protein, fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron.
They are very good source of carbohydrates which provide energy to your body. You can easily make them into flour or bread with just a little bit of time and effort.
The problem with oats is that they don’t grow well in our climate. That’s why it is always better to buy them from local farmers.
But if you want to grow your own, there are many ways you can do so. Here are some tips:
1) Buy Organic Oats
If possible, buy organic oats since these have been grown without any pesticides or fertilizers and they have not been treated with chemicals such as chlorine or herbicides. These oats will produce healthy crops for you.
2) Use Straw Bales
You can use straw bale for growing oats because it absorbs water much faster than other types of plants. This means that the crop won’t dry out as quickly and you’ll get more yield per acre.
However, you need to keep in mind that the soil needs to be moist before using straw bales. If you have enough rainwater, the straw bales can be kept properly hydrated.
3) Sow the Oats in July
The best time to sow oats is in July. If you want to grow them in cold climates, then you should sow them in early spring and in warm climates you should sow them in late summer.
In either case, make sure that the ground is prepared well before sowing the oats or putting the straw bales into place. You can use a plough or a rotovator to turn the soil.
4) Keep the Soil Moist
Once you have sown the oats, make sure that the soil is kept moist. If there is not enough rain water, then you should use a drip irrigation system so that the soil remains wet.
Oats don’t grow well in dry conditions.
5) Water the Crops 2 to 3 Times a Day
After 2 or 3 weeks, when the oats start growing, water them 2 or 3 times a day, every day. Don’t let the soil become dry at any time.
The plants will grow better if they have enough water. You can use automated sprinklers that water automatically or you can do it by hand. If you have enough rainwater, there’s no need to worry about this.
When to Plant Oats – Important Facts
Oats are fast growing and can turn into a good crop in as little as 90 days. They can produce up to three harvests in one year, depending upon the climate and other conditions.
Depending upon the quality and characteristics of the straw you want to produce, you can select the right time to sow your seeds.
If you want to produce feed oats, you should plant the seeds in late spring after all danger of last freezes has passed. You need to wait until the soil temperature reaches between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
The soil should be moist but not wet.
You can broadcast the seeds by hand if you are sowing them in an open field, or use a mechanical spreader if you prefer. Work the soil to a depth of about one inch.
Sources & references used in this article:
The organic grain grower: Small-scale, holistic grain production for the home and market producer by J Lazor – 2013 – books.google.com
The Irish grain trade, 1839-48 by S Pitzer – 2009 – Storey Publishing
Small-scale grain raising: An organic guide to growing, processing, and using nutritious whole grains for home gardeners and local farmers by PMA Bourke – Irish Historical Studies, 1976 – JSTOR
OAT 1353 by G Logsdon – 2009 – books.google.com