Oats Peas Beans and Barley Grow

Our annual deck garden planting has begun!  Again, we are behind, as we are just getting seedlings started now, but it’s much better than last year when we didn’t get anything going till June.

For months I have been hoarding eggshell halves for use as seedling pots, and the boys finally got to try them out this week.  It’s been amazing.  After doing this with the boys for multiple years, I never thought I’d see the day where a two-year-old could plant seeds inside my house without making a colossal mess.

Witness a slightly chubby toddler, gently scooping up soil with an eggshell half.


Pleased with the result, he gently places the eggshell pot back into place.  A few loving pats to the soil, and he is ready to repeat the process.


On to planting.


I let him plant the green beans.  I would’ve been off my rocker to give him something tiny like carrot seeds.


Luke did okay adding water but Ben did not have the ability to add just a bit of water to each eggshell.   He was a little heavy-handed with the water pouring.  I forgot to premix the soil with water.  Next year.  There’s always next year.

We’re about halfway done with our planting.


Luke really wanted to plant oats, peas, beans and barley.  Because, you know, the song…


Anyways, we successfully found everything except for barley.


We have Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, oats, peas, beans, pumpkins, sunflowers, carrots and basil.  Just a couple of each.  We need to get more herbs and pepper plants.

And now we find out…can you or I, or anyone know, how oats, peas, beans and barley grow?

I’m sure the missing barley will be a sticking point with Luke all summer.  There’s always next year.


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