Oats!

I'm growing oats! or at least attempting to. As part of an experiment I'm calling "Plants Grow", I've cleared a small plot on our land up in Sedro Woolley and planted oats. I'll touch more or the experiment later in the year once I have some conclusions to draw.

As for why I chose oats, I wanted to find some source of local grain to widen the offerings at this year's local food party*. Oats can be made into flour*, used in granola, and of course oatmeal and oatmeal cookies*.

Finding oat seed is not an easy task. After calling all over the county, I found one place that had some, but I had to buy an 88 lb. bag of the stuff. Since my Sedro plot only required about 3 lbs of seed, I have lots left over*. And while it only used about 1 lb. more, I planted a mini oat field here on the home front (with the help of the neighbor boy*), which will also serve as a good control group for my experiment.

Anyway, here's hoping for oats come fall!
Saturday May 30 2009File under: Anacortes, food

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on Tue 02nd Jun, 2009 07:48 pm PDT dave said:
if you can't come up with a better use for your extra oats, you should ask my dad about donating them to the rocky mountain elk foundation. they have done a lot to help the nooksack elk population rebound (to huntable numbers now) and part of that is yearly seeding. i'm not sure if the oats would be approved by the DNS, but it's worth asking i suppose? it's for a good cause..
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on Wed 03rd Jun, 2009 04:31 pm PDT Nesbitt said:
Good to see that you are sewing your wild oats...somebody had to say it.
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