How to Plant Millet


Millet comprises several small seeded grass plants that are grown for cereal grain. Some types of millet, like foxtail millet, pearl millet and finger millet, can be grown easily for a variety of uses in the home garden. Whether for bird seed, decorative grass or making cereal grain, growing millet is a simple project that can be completed in virtually minutes.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your yard in which to plant the millet seed. An 8-foot x 5-foot plot is a good start. Millet is a versatile grain that can grow in partial shade or full sunlight.

Step 2

Pour all of the worm compost, sand and potting soil onto the ground. Chop through it with a rake and mix it into the ground on which you will be planting the millet.

Step 3

Scatter the millet seeds widely over the area. They do not have to be sown into the garden. Two pounds of millet seed can adequately suit an 8-foot x 5-foot plot of land.

Step 4

Spray the area lightly with water every three days, once a day, until the millet sprouts. Fertilizers aren't often needed for millet if you are using a compost-treated soil mixture.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 lbs. worm compost (a mixture of worm castings and kitchen compost)
  • 5 lbs. sand
  • 5 lbs. potting soil
  • Rake
  • 2 lbs. millet seed


  • Purdue University Horticulture Dept.
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