Growing oats is the perfect way to provide a simple grain that has been shown to lower bad cholesterol and fight cancer. Even if you don't plan to eat them yourself, growing oats is a good way to provide your cat with a healthy source of greens.
Growing Oats At Home
Variety: Oats Avena Sativa
Zones: Grown indoors or as an annual
Soil Type: Average, well-drained soil
Soil pH: 6.0 to 7.5
Sunlight: Full sun
Availability: Sold as seeds. Oat seeds are available in spring, winter and perennial varieties. To save some work at harvest time, look for hull-less varieties that don't require rolling to separate the husk.
When to plant: Spring and perennial oat seeds should be sewn in early spring after freezing temperatures have passed. Winter oats can be sewn in the spring or in the fall one or two weeks before the first expected frost.
Most strains of oat seed are bred to be resistant to common oat diseases. Look for varieties that are resistant to Barley Yellow Dwarf virus and Stem Rust.
Saving Seeds: To save oat seeds, leave several seed heads on your plants until they turn brown. Remove the seed heads and allow them to dry indoors for several days. Pull the seed from the seed head and place them on a plate to dry. When oat seeds are completely dry, store them in an airtight container.
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