I got an EarthWay Garden Seeder for Christmas this last year, and this spring, I finally got to put it to use.
My mom told me about one my uncle has last spring, and I loved the idea of something that I would just roll along and it would plant my seeds, perfectly spaced for me. No more cringing while thinning carrots or lettuce, wishing the seeds weren’t going to waste.
My darling hubby saw it on the top of my Christmas list and made sure I got one of my own. Since we had a while between Christmas and planting season, we decided to keep it in the box and wait to put it together.
It was pretty easy for me to put together. The instructions weren’t the best, but I muddled through fairly quickly.
A garden seeder is a great concept. It looks a lot like a mini plow. Put all your seeds in the bucket (hopper), it plows a small furrow, the seeder drops the seeds evenly, the chain that drags covers the seeds back over, and the back wheel packs the dirt down lightly. There’s a little arm that sticks out that marks your next row.
I got to use an antique version on the local farm where I’m working. Metal wheels, metal seed bucket, and wooden handles. I love the concept, but the antique version was pretty hard to control. It was heavy, but it worked perfectly. I did like the option of removing the seed hopper, but my EarthWay doesn’t have that option. The EarthWay, however, is nice and light and easy to haul around.
My EarthWay has a kickstand, which I love. It makes it so much easier pouring in the seeds and not losing them all over the ground as the seeder tips over. (The boss and I just may have had an issue with this on the antique one and a hopper full of radish seeds…)
For the different kinds and size seeds, there are different seeds plates that go in the seed bucket. The EarthWay ones are very easy to change out, and they’re clearly marked for what seeds each plate is for.
I also like the next row marker. The antique version also had a row marker, but it was stuck at one distance out, about 18 inches. The marker on my new version is easily adjusted to any distance for your next row mark. It is also easily clipped up out of the way when you don’t need it.
The only thing I really don’t like about my seeder, is the fact that it only works well if there are a LOT of seeds in the hopper. This may effect what I plant with the seeder next year, but we’ll see. I will still be using it for, at the very least, my carrots, radishes, and kale.
Overall, I’m very happy with my EarthWay Garden Seeder. I plan on getting a lot of use out of it over the next many, many years.
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Do you have a seeder? How’s it work for you?