When I decided to expand my upper garden area I knew I wanted to buy a precision garden seeder to make planting less labor intensive. After checking out seeders and reading reviews on Amazon.com, I decided to buy the Earthway Model 1001 B Precision Garden Seeder.
I used it this past weekend to plant corn and white acre peas, and I am very pleased with the results. You can click the link above to find detailed information about it, but I will try to explain how it works.
It is basically a two wheeled device that you push through the soil. As you push it, it automatically makes a trench for the seed, picks up and drops the seed in the trench, and then covers it up. It also makes a mark for the next row. Everything on it is adjustable. You can adjust the depth of the trench for your seed depth, you can adjust your row marker, and you can adjust how far apart you want your seeds planted.
It comes with six different seed discs that rotate in the seed hopper and grabs the seed and deposits it in the trench. You can adjust how far you want your seed planted by covering holes in the discs with tape. I just planted using all the holes, and will go back and thin if I need to. I have read complaints that it only works in finely tilled soil, and I could see where that might be true. I had no problems at all and it was worth the $90 bucks.
I planted 125 feet of peaches and cream corn and 125 feet of white acres in less than 20 minutes. That included having to switch out seed plates when I changed from corn to pea seeds. It would have taken me 2-3 hours on my hands and knees to do it the hard way.
I am so happy with it, and I wish I had more area to plant. I could easily plant a football field worth or corn in a couple of hours with this thing. I will post an update on what kind of germination rates I get, but so far I am impressed.
Here is the seeder, very easy to use.
Here is the wedge plate below the seeder that makes the trench in the ground for the seed to fall into. I set the depth to 1.25 inches for my corn. The chain drags the ground behind the wedge plate and covers the seed.
Here is the long extension rod that marks the ground for the next row.
Here is a picture inside the hopper and the disc plate.
Here was a picture after my first two rows of corn were planted. You can see the first line on the left is already marked for me. All I had to do was place the front wheel of the seeder in that mark and go.
Here is everything all finished.
Five rows of corn and five rows of peas.