Deciding on a precision seeder

Earthway Precision Seeder

This year, I intend to use a garden seeder to assist with planting.  I have spent a great deal of time deciding on what seeder to use.  In fact, I’ve put this decision off for at least the past year as I could not make a decision.  Since the cost of even the simplest seeder is a decent size outlay, I wanted to be sure that I would be satisfied with my purchase.

I have finally settled on the Earthway 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder
(pictured at right).  I have heard both good and bad about this seeder, but one thing seems certain – that even people using other seeders have an Earthway as well.  For around a hundred bucks, I thought even if I don’t like it, I’m not out a huge pile of cash.  I like the versatility of the various seed plates and I think that even if I don’t continue using it for planting things with smaller seeds, I probably will continue to use it for larger seeds like beans or peas.

Some of the other seeders under consideration were quite a bit more expensive, so I thought that the Earthway was a good place to start.  I may try one of the others at a later time.

One was Johnny’s Seeds Six-Row Seeder.  I expect to increase my leafy green production and I thought this would work well.  The biggest problem was two-fold.  First, there are mixed reviews on the web.  Some people love it, others absolutely hate it.  At $549, I just don’t want to work with the possibility that I might hate it.

The other type that I considered was like the European Push Seeder (also available from Johnny’s).  There are others available that work on the same principle, such as the Planet Jr.  This type seems to be the most reliable.  However, it’s principle is similar to the Earthway with a bigger outlay.

I think I am going to work with the Earthway for now and consider one (or both) of these other types next year.  If you have any personal experience with any of these units, feel free to comment.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on these.

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