This year I am adding a new step to the things that we do to improve the soil vitality and I am planting cover crops. Cover crops that are planted in the fall and left in place until spring and then turned under serve several purposes. They help keep the soil in place and reduces the amount lost to wind or erosion. They provide a type of green manure that feeds the soil as well as reducing weeds the following year.
I was looking for a local source to obtain a cover crop and happened into Runnings to see if they had anything available. They had a rye seed but it was a perennial and in visiting with one of the staff she said that she uses oats for her cover crop needs. Runnings does sell oats. It is found in the equine section and it looks like this: