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WILD OATS is the Ancestor of Modern Oats = 5000 Seeds per KG – WILD OAT Seed can survive in the soil over Summer as it waits for Autumn to strike once moisture is available. Germination is temperature activated. Once established Wild Oats is managed as a Winter Living Fallow to build up organic soil matter. Over Spring the crop goes to seed and collapses as a mulch mat. You can hand harvest seed to store or let the seed fall. IN THIS Situation BELOW the Turkey Nest is planted to Pumpkin. (To eliminate you can use a mattock before seed set if desired)     



Avena sativa

Form and Function: Annual Grain. Grows to 600mm height. Suitable smother crop.

Seed Size: Optimum Planting Rate = 100 seeds per square metre = increase density for extra smother effect.

Fodder: All grazing animals. Green pick for poultry. Extra good earthworm food when cut and laid.

Water: Domestic Oats is grown as a Dryland Winter Crop in 600mm plus rainfall zones on good heavy soil. WILD OATS is an invasive weed in Winter Grain Crops.

Mulch: Self Mulches or hand harvest soft stems as needed. Will then grow on to set seed.

Add: To fermenting liquid fertilisers.

Planting Window: Cool Season. March to June.

Seed Supplied: Increases 100 fold per seed. GG SELLS a KIT CONTAINING WILD OATS with DOMESTIC OATS >< Wild Oats Seed is Limited in Supply so you need to increase your own seed supply.

Germination Rate: 90%

Maturity: If planted in June, plant will seed and dry off in Oct.

Suitable Soil Type: Heavy clays to lighter loams. Will thrive in nourished neutral garden beds.

Planting Methods: Best to prepare a tilled garden bed, cover with 40mm soil. However as frost kills most competing grasses it can be rough sown especially to smother grass, then dug back in again when close to maturity.

General: Oats is a useful break crop and favoured for its softness and conditioning effect on soil.

Pack n Post Rates: ALL SEED is a SINGLE FLAT RATE of $12. Add SEED to a Tree Order and Pack n Post is FREE

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PHOTO 1: Wild Oats establishing in Autumn on 120mm of March rainfall. The Skull is on top of a “Turkey Nest”. Over Winter we use Living Fallow Crops to build organic soil matter with Wild Oats and/Daikon Radish. The good thing about Wild Oats is its water efficiency. Winter 2023 rainfall was only 14mm during an ultra dry 12 month period. Water was applied in August to ensure seed set.

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PHOTO 2: Wild Oats in Seed. Seed is slender and about 20% the weight of Domestic Oats used for Uncle Toby’s and Horse Feed. Domestic Oat Seed will not survive in the soil over Summer. Wild Oat Seed can remain in the soil for several years waiting for rain to germinate.

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PHOTO 3: Watering Can on top of Turkey Nest was planted to Pumpkin late August. Wild Oats is so thick it should simply collapse as a mulch mat. Extra mulch is applied if needed to suppress warm season grasses and weeds. Mattock may be used if desired to work topsoil before Pumpkin starts to spread.

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PHOTO 4: Same scene as Photo 1. Date of PHOTO 03/09/23 as Wild Oats in Full Seed Set.

PHOTO 4: Same scene as Photo 1. Date of PHOTO 03/09/23 as Wild Oats in Full Seed Set.


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