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Oat Rust Control: Treating Oats With Crown Rust

By Amy Grant

Crown rust is the most widespread and damaging disease found in oats. For individual growers, oats with crown rust can result in a total crop loss. Click here to learn more about control and treatment of oat rust.

Victoria Blight In Oats – Learn To Treat Oats With Victoria Blight

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Victoria blight in oats once reached epidemic proportions. As a result, many oat cultivars that have proven to be resistant to crown rust are susceptible to Victoria blight of oats. Learn about the signs and symptoms of oats with Victoria blight in this article.

Oat Leaf Blotch Info: Recognizing Symptoms Of Oat Leaf Blotch

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Crop losses of as much as 15 percent have been reported from leaf blotch of oats. While this isn't a huge number, in commercial settings and in smaller fields, the impact is significant. However, oat leaf blotch control is possible. Click this article to learn more.

Oat Covered Smut Control – Treating Oats With Covered Smut Disease

By Teo Spengler

Smut is a fungal disease that attacks oat plants. There are two kinds of smut: loose smut and covered smut. If you are growing oats, you probably need oats covered smut information. Learn about oats with covered smut and tips on oat covered smut control here.

Oats With Powdery Mildew – How To Treat Powdery Mildew On Oats

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

While powdery mildew on oats isn’t the worst thing that can happen, it can markedly diminish crop quality and yield. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot that growers can do about the pesky fungal disease. Click this article to learn more.

Halo Bacterial Blight Control – Treating Halo Blight In Oats

By Amy Grant

Halo blight in oats is a common, but nonlethal, bacterial disease that afflicts oats. The following oats halo blight info discusses the symptoms of oats with halo blight and management of the disease. Click here for more information.

Controlling Oat Culm Rot – How To Treat Oats With Culm Rot Disease

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Culm rot of oats is a serious fungal disease often responsible for crop loss. It is not uncommon, according to oats culm rot info, but can be controlled if caught in the early stages. Learn more about culm rot of oats in this article.

Companion Planting

When you are trying to plant a successful vegetable garden, growing certain plants together, a practice known as companion planting, has numerous benefits for your garden. Some vegetable plants help shield their neighbor from the sun, while others keep predatory insects away and provide protection against disease.

The best part of companion gardening is that you can keep your vegetables healthy without having to resort to using harmful chemicals. Vegetable companion planting typically uses plants that you would already be growing in your garden.

By adjusting the location of these plants, you can get the best performance from them. Planting certain vegetable plants together will also help to deter pests, decreasing the number of pesticides that you have to use to keep your garden free of pests.

Companion planting can also increase the yields of the plants, meaning you get more food without having to plant more plants.

  • Guide to Companion Plants
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage
    • Carrots
    • Corn
    • Cucumbers
    • Bush Beans
    • Eggplant
    • Onions
    • Garlic
    • Lettuce
    • Pole Beans
    • Peppers
    • Potatoes
    • Radishes
    • Tomatoes
    • Brussels Sprouts
    • Cauliflower

California Red Oats

California Red oats are a popular choice as a winter cover crop used to restore nitrogen into the soil and prevent erosion. Because it matures later than other oat cultivars, other farmers plant it as a hay crop so that animals will have access to fresh, green hay even in the winter. Although the Cover Crop Database maintained by the University of California Davis warns that oats are not tolerant of cold temperatures, California Red is suitable for autumn planting in milder climates and will remain green through the winter.

Oatmeal for Skin: How To Use The Superfood For Your Skin and Beauty Needs


If you are a fitness enthusiast, or are in a company of one, you must be privy to the numerous nutritional benefits of oats. But, what are oats? Grains from the cereal plant, Avena Sativa, are called oats. Once harvested, these grains are either used as animal feed, skin products or food. Be it in breakfast, lunch or dinner, a bowlful of oatmeal is your key to good health and healthy weight loss. The dietary fibre and minerals present in oats help stave off the risk of numerous dangerous conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. In addition to this, oatmeal can also come in handy for a host of your skin and beauty needs. Oatmeal can soak up the excess oil on your skin and help treat acne. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells. Oats also contain compounds called saponins, which are natural cleansers. They remove the dirt and oil that clog the pores and exfoliate the skin.

Here are 5 ways you can use oatmeal for your skin and beauty needs:

1. For Acne:

A bowl of oatmeal may do wonders for your acne. Oatmeal contains zinc that is said to reduce inflammation and kill the acne-causing bacterial action. It also helps to soak up the excess oil from the skin that may trigger acne.

A bowl of oatmeal may do wonders for your acne. Image credits: iStock

What To Do: Boil half cup of oatmeal in the same amount of water and let it cool. Stir the mixture together until you get a fine paste. Apply this mask on your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. You can also add blended tomato paste to the mask, but make sure you are not allergic to tomatoes. Do consult your dermatologist before trying out the mask.

2. For Dry Skin:

Oats can remove the dead skin cells and act as a natural moisturiser. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to keep the skin exfoliated. Oatmeal's mild pH can help to cool down the inflamed skin that may have caused due to some rash or infection, causing dry skin.(Also Read: What Does Your Dry Skin Tell You About Your Diet?)

Oats can remove the dead skin cells and act as a natural moisturiser. Image credits: iStock

What To Do: Draw yourself a simple oatmeal bath. Add some uncooked oatmeal and baking soda to your bath water. And simply soak in the antioxidants for about 20 minutes. Pat yourself dry. You can also use colloidal oatmeal in your bathwater. Colloidal oatmeal is a specially blended product, which are designed for baths.

3. For Black Heads:

Oatmeal is packed with chemical compounds called saponins, which are known for their natural cleansing activity. Black heads are nothing but clogged pores on your skin. Oatmeal helps to declog the pores and gives you a smooth and clear skin.(Also Read: How to Remove Blackheads from Nose: 5 Natural Masks and Scrubs)

Oatmeal helps to declog the pores and gives you a smooth and clear skin. Image credits: iStock

What To Do: Take two tablespoons of oatmeal, three tablespoons of plain yogurt and a half lemon juice. Mix it well until you get a fine paste. Apply this on to your nose and the most affected area. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.

4. Relieves Itching:

Itching is mostly caused due to inflammation under the skin or when the skin's pH level is high. Oatmeal helps to normalise your skin's pH levels, which helps to restore your skin's natural pH and soften the dry skin. It also protects the skin from external irritants, by lending moisture to the skin.

Oatmeal protects the skin from external irritants, by lending moisture to the skin. Image credits: iStock

What To Do: Blend some oats into powder mix it with water until you get a fine paste. Apply this paste on your skin and itchy area. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water. You can also make a paste of oats and milk and follow the same regime, for effective results.

5. Exfoliate:

Now you know that oatmeal's saponins have intense exfoliating properties. It helps in removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the skin's outermost surface, and gives you a fresh, glowing and youthful skin. (Also Read: 5 Natural Summer Fruit Packs For A Nourished Skin)

Oatmeal helps in removal of the oldest dead skin cells , and gives you a fresh and glowing skin. Image credits: iStock

What To Do: Prepare a simple scrub of oatmeal, lukewarm water, sugar and coconut oil. Apply this scrub on your face and let it stay for 20 minutes. Clean your face with soft wet tissues. For best results, use the scrub at least twice in a week.

If you want a nourished and beautiful skin, then use oatmeal to treat your skin woes. If, for any reason, it is not suiting your skin, it is advised that you stop and consult your dermatologist immediately.

About Sushmita Sengupta Sharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.

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