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FarmHack: More Earthway Seeder mods

Chris from Blue Fox Farm with his gang of six Earthway Seeders. Photo from joshvolk.com

 

One of our favorite FarmHack projects is the cheap and easy Earthway Seeder fix that we posted here.

Josh Volk, of Slow Hand Farm and author of the equipment column in Growing For Market, just posted a great roundup of more Earthway Seeder information and modifications, ranging from ganging together multiple seeders, to adding on a wire scraper to keep soil from building up on the press wheel.

See Josh Volk’s full post here.

 

Soil Flat Dibbler

This project comes from:

Seth Roberts from Weathervane Farm in Buena Vista, CO

Here is the link to his farm’s lovely website:

http://www.weathervanefarmbv.com/

Title:

Soil Flat Dibbler

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Who the project is for:

Vegetable and/or Flower Growers, Nursery Growers

Range of how much it might cost to build:

about $10

What skills are necessary to complete it:

Pretty intuitive, might need a very basic knowledge of using a drill.

Summary of the project:

The project cuts down time for planting flats of seeds.  The Soil Flat Dibbler can make multiple indentations for dropping the seeds into the flats at a consistent depth.

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FarmHack Tools: Earthway Seeder modification

This project comes from:

Chris who runs a wonderful and informative blog

http://wannafarm.com/

Who the project is for:

Vegetable and/or Flower Growers, Small Scale Farmers

Range of how much it might cost to build:

$90 for the Earthway (only if you don’t have one already) and the cost of the quick adjustment is cheap, most likely under $10


What skills are necessary to complete it:

Just about anyone can do it. You may need to introduce yourself to a saw or drill if you haven’t before, but otherwise it’s a very accessible project.

Summary of the project:

The Earthway seeder is a great tools considering it costs only around $90, and allows you to seed a huge variety of seed types and sizes.  But sometimes when using small round seeds, like arugula, the seeds work their way behind the seed plate, which can begin to pulverize the seed, and keep the seed plate from rotating properly.  This modification helps with that.

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