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Harvest seed heads: Once seed clusters have dried and turned brown, remove them from the plant.
Dry: Allow seed clusters to dry on a plate in a cool, dry location for several days.
Extract Seeds: Use your hands to break open seed heads and collect the seeds.
Dry once more: Allow separated seeds to dry for a few more days.
Label and Store: Once seeds are completely dry, place in a container and store in a cool, dry place. Properly stored seeds should remain viable for 2 years.
Oats thrive in cool climates with fertile, well-drained soil. They require a lot of moisture to grow and should generally be planted in early spring. Oats are self-pollinating and although they may cross with other varieties an isolation distance of 80-150 feet is recommended.
Sources: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Cross_Pollination_vs_Self_Pollination ; http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/grains-growing-guide ; http://www.heirloom-organics.com/guide/va/guidetogrowingoats.html
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