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Organic Welcome Oats


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50 seeds

Protein 19.8%  Spring Habit   Height 48"

As described in 1889 (see photo)
"Nothing like them ever seen before in productiveness.  Wight or fine appearance.  No oat has ever been so extensively advertised as Welcome oats, nor been distributed more extensively in all sections of the country.  Weighing as high as 56 lbs per level bushel, it surpasses all others, while it is also remarkably productive, over 10 bushels having been grown from 2 oz of seed.  It is unusually handsome, straw standing almost 6ft, and I have seen heads over 24" in length.  The grain is very large and handsome, very plump and full with thin, white, close-fitting heads.  With good cultivation, they will yield 80-120 legal bushels per acre.  This may seem almost beyond belief, but will be easily understood when it is considered that each measure bushel weighs more than one and one-half bushels of any ordinary oats."

Part of Sustainable Seed Co. Heritage Grains Restoration Project

Simple threshing techniques:

Quinoa Growing Instructions

With it's origins in the high Andean plateau, quinoa is best adapted to cooler climates, but will grow in almost any moderate climate.  Keep in mind that those with hot summers may have reduced yields.  Quinoa doesn't like it's roots wet so make sure the soil doesn't stay inundated with water.  Plant 1/2 to 1" deep (depending on soil moisture) into a well prepared seed bed in late spring.  Space plants 3-4" apart on 24" rows for a single-headed crop.  For maximum yield, space plants 12" apart on 24" rows for multi branched plants.  Keep the soil moist while germinating.  
Quinoa spends it's first few weeks developing roots, so be vigilant to keep the soil weeded, or weeds can quickly take over a plot. Once the plants start to mature, the seeds will mature from the top of the plant down, allowing for an extended harvest.  If you wait until the whole plant is mature, the top seeds can shatter and be lost, so it's best to harvest the seed heads as they mature from the top down.  
Thresh into a clean bucket or garbage can by hitting the seed head against the side, or rubbing the seed head between gloved hands.  Quinoa contains a saponin coating that will need to be rinsed off before eating.  Before eating, soak the seeds for a few minutes, and then place the seeds into a colander under running water until no more foam forms.  
Quinoa seeding rate is about 10/lb per acre with yields normally between 1,000-3,000 lb per acre
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