How to Plant Barley Seeds


Barley is a highly nutritious cereal grain with many uses. This grain is fairly unique in that it grows best in cold weather and might not grow at all during summer. For this reason, it is the perfect plant to grow during the normal off season in your garden. Barley tends to do best in late October and January. With the right technique and conditions, you may even be able to harvest twice between your normal growing seasons.

Step 1

Choose a spot to plant the barley. Barley needs an open area with plenty of ventilation and soil that is moderately low in nutrients.

Step 2

Remove weeds and stones from the chosen planting site.

Step 3

Sprinkle about 25 seeds for every square-foot of space. If you are planting multiple rows of barley, space them about two feet apart from each other. Also, each row should be no more than a foot wide.

Step 4

Sprinkle soil over the seeds to cover them. Like most type of grain, it is best if the seeds are just below the surface of the soil.

Step 5

Add just enough water so the soil is slightly damp to the touch. Let the soil get completely dry before you water it again as too much moisture will cause decomposition.

Things You'll Need

  • Barley seeds
  • Soil
  • Water


  • How To Grow Barley
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