Oats and Peas Mix by the pound, organic

$7.00

Organic Cayuse Oats mixed with Field Peas 50/50 may be sown fall or spring.   Sow 3 lbs per 1,000 square feet; 45 lbs per acre.  Grows to 5 feet tall.  Produces lots of biomass and nitrogen for building soil and feeding plants.  This is our most highly recommended, very simple, covercrop for fall or spring planting.  The peas climb up the oats. In this classic combo, you get Nitrogen and Carbon growing hand-in-hand, a kind of living compost pile.  Very, very good for the land.  How to proceed once the covercrop has matured and you want to plant other things?  Once the field dries out a bit, on a sunny day perhaps, cut the peas and oats down and/or mow them down and then let the field/garden sit in that new green mulch for a week or two, so the debris can compost in place. Then, plant your potted plants right through the mulch or go ahead and till it in with a rototiller and then prepare your seed bed or plant your potted plants.  The fact that you covercropped will have reduced weed pressure, increased nitrogen and carbon content of the soil, increased fertility and improved soil tilth.  Think ahead.  Covercrop.  It helps.  r

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  1. Question

    kaisernorstad (verified owner)

    Hi Richo, Do I need to inoculate this mix? What temps are a turn off to the peas and oats? I’m planting this in zone 8a. Just trying to get the timing right.
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    Kirsten

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      as long as there have been beans or pulses grown in the soil previously, it really isn’t necessary to use a rhizobial inoculant. I always think the best inoculant is a spare scattering of organic compost, anyhow. r

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    Tim

    Is it to late to plant Oats and Peas mix in a zone 7 this time of year?

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      Richo Cech

      yes, I would recommend buckwheat or clover at this time of year. r

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    Bobbie (verified owner)

    I ran this as a cover crop over a small garden plot. It worked beautifully. I did end up with a few peas that sprouted afterward. Wondering what is the variety— are they as good for eating as they are as mulch?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      they can be eaten safely–a field pea, small and sweet but not as sweet as oregon sugar snaps.

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    Tim

    I bought some of this oat and pea mix last year but never got around to planting them. Are they still good enough to plant this year in early spring or in the fall?

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Tim, Nice to hear from you. The oats and peas last for years–please use them with confidence. richo

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    Elizabeth Casey

    I’m thinking of purchasing this for use in my home garden. When would you recommend sowing this oats and field pea mix for a fall cover crop? (I’m in zone 7 on Long Island, NY). Also, how many days to maturity and would I be able to harvest the milky oat seeds and the field peas in the fall or the spring? Thanks for your help.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Elizabeth,
      The oats and peas should be planted early so that they get started growing before the ground freezes hard. I already planted mine 2 weeks ago and we’re in a Z 7. Depending on the severity of your winter you can expect the crop to mature out in April or May, and the oats can be harvested for milky seed at that time, and you’ll have trouble keeping the kids out of the patch, they will be after the peas.
      Richo

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    Sheila McEnany

    Could these seeds be grown as cat grass?

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    • Diana

      Diana

      Yes, there is nothing in there that will hurt a cat and much that will help a cat. meow.

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    • Julie Hawthorne

      Will the oats put seeds in the soil that need weeding for years to come?

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    • Diana

      Diana

      Hi Julie,
      Generally the covercrop is mowed or tilled under prior to seed maturation, so, no.
      Richo

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