Barley thus fits well into a double-cropping scheme and a variety of crop rotations and as a cover crop
. Be careful when planting barley with a drill because bearded varieties may cause planting tubes to clog.
To plant barley follow the rules of good soil preparation
when preparing a seedbed
, then rake, disk or harrow the soil
. Broadcast the seeds
and lightly rake the surface. That's all you have to do until harvest time. On a small plot, you can broadcast the seed by hand, but larger plots can be planted more efficiently if some sort of mechanical device is used.
Barley should be planted when the moon is in the 2nd Quarter (i.e. waxing) and in one of the following Zodiac Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces, Libra, Capricorn
Varieties of barley
There are two botanically distinct types of barley: six-row and two-row. The six-row varieties are more common and are divided into three families:
Six row barley
Malting Barley, grown in the upper Midwest, tall, bearded and spring planted; the Coast Group
, grown in California and Arizona as a fall crop; and the Tennessee Winter Group
, grown east of the Mississippi as livestock feed.