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WHY GROW OATS?

WHY GROW OAT SEEDS

Oats are a natural superfood and full of goodness. By growing them at home, you and your kids can learn how your favourite breakfast food and snacks get from the farm to your bowl or lunchbox. Along the way you can learn about our oats and oat farming, and why oats are so good for you.

WHAT YOU NEED TO GROW OATS

To grow your very own oats you will need a few things to get started:

Pots – To grow your oats in and move them around for the best sunlight and water

Soil – Good quality soil is needed to provide a place for the seeds to get the nutrition they need to grow

Tools – To prepare the soil for the seeds you will need some basic hand gardening tools like a trowel and a cultivator

Water – Keep your soil nice and moist so that your seeds will germinate well and grow tall

Seeds – Most importantly you will need your UNCLE TOBYS Oats seeds to plant and grow

Growing Tools

Growing Stages

Week 1 & 2
Week 1 & 2

GERMINATION - Your little seeds are sprouting to life. The green stems will start to appear as the seed opens up. Keep watering and loving your little plants. Make sure they are in a sunny warm position and lots of water at this stage.

Week 3 & 4
Week 3 & 4

SEEDLING GROWTH - There should be a solid sprout several centimetres tall. Your seedlings should look like tall blades of grass. Remember to keep watering and keep in a warm sunny position.

Week 5 & 6
Week 5 & 6

TILLERING - The seedlings will start fighting for their own space so that they can form strong stems. This stage is called tillering, which means that one shoot is turning into many. They do this best if they have a lot of space

Week 7 & 8
Week 7 & 8

STEM GROWTH - The oat plant looks tall and quite lovely now with lots of green shoots. Your oat plant is getting bigger and stronger. In a few more months you will have a mature oat plant.

Month 3
Month 3

OAT HEAD DEVELOPMENT - The oat head begins to form in the base of the shoots or stems, just above the soil surface.

Month 4
Month 4

OAT HEAD EMERGENCE - The Oat head emerges at the top of the plant and seeds will start to develop now. Lots of sun and water is still needed so don't neglect your plant.

Month 5
Month 5

GRAIN FILLING - As the oat seeds mature, your oat plant should be turning gold and look quite lovely in the sunlight.

Month 6
Month 6

RIPENING & HARVEST - Golden, strong and tall, your oats are now ready to harvest.

LEARN ALL ABOUT OATS

A blonde girl wearing a sun hat and pink gardening gloves uses a silver watering can to water her oats seeds

Growing oats is so much fun. We have some good tips and fun facts to share with you. Make sure you collect them all, download and stick on your fridge!

What Are Oats?

Types of oats

Types of oats

Did you know that there are different types of oats that factory’s produce?

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On the Farm

On the Farm

UNCLE TOBYS factory is in Wahgunyah on the Murray river. Learn all about our oat farming practices and meet our farmers.

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The Benefits of Oats

The Benefits of Oats

Oats are a natural superfood because they are 100% whole grain, and contain vitamins and minerals.

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Rolled Oats Vs Quick Oats

Rolled Oats Vs Quick Oats

How do you choose between rolled oats vs quick oats? It all depends on preference for texture and taste.

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LEARN WITH US

An Oat Unpacked

An Oat Unpacked

Mum’s and Dad’s, why don’t you download and easy to read lesson for your kid’s? Your kids will love it.

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From Seed to Harvest

From Seed to Harvest

Oats grow very quickly and must be harvested quickly before the kernels start to fall off the plant. Here’s an easy-to-read document for you to share with your kids.
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Super food, super oats!

Super food, super oats!

Oats are a natural superfood because they are 100% whole grain, and contain vitamins and minerals.  Find out more about the benefits of oats.
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A look inside our Factory

A look inside our Factory

At the factory, the oats are dehulled, cleaned and kilned before they are cut or rolled. Find out more.

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At the Factory

UNCLE TOBYS has been processing oats since 1893 and only source our Oats from local farmers in Australia. In fact most of our Oats come from with 250km of the UNCLE TOBYS factory in Wahgunyah on the Murray river. Learn all about our quintessentially Australian oat farming practices and meet our farmers.

THE OATS YOU LOVE

An UNCLE TOBYS oat is delicious straight off the roller, as our traditional oats, or rolled thinner and cut finely to create quick oats -and sachets so they cook quicker.

UNCLE TOBYS also uses their Oats to make other cereals and snacks you love. By adding the best fruits, yoghurts, nuts and all kinds of other great ingredients, they can make muesli bars, ready to eat cereals, flavoured sachets, and loads of other nutritious foods.

ON THE FARM

Our Team visit local oats farmers at least three times a year, during sowing, growing and harvesting stages. They monitor crop development and ensure that UNCLE TOBYS standards are adhered to. After eight to nine months of growing, UNCLE TOBYS oats are naturally dried on the stem and ready for harvesting.

WE LOVE OATS

And we know that you love them too. Our UNCLE TOBYS Ambassador and Olympic swimmer, Cate Campbell recently visited our farm in Waghunya to find out what is so loveable about oats and oat farming. Here’s a little snippet of her visit.

SHARE YOUR Photos and videos of your oats growing and YOU could win!

We have some great UNCLE TOBYS Homegrown prize hampers to give away weekly, and the major prize of a $5000 holiday voucher.

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Some of the great entries by last years winner!

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