[Market-farming] European Seeder-good investment?
billbradshaw at hughes.net
Wed Dec 19 19:53:02 EST 2007
I have received Marlins email 6 times, all on different dates and time.
anyone else having this trouble? maybe just me?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Glen Eco Farm" <glenecofarm at planetcomm.net>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 5:37 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] European Seeder-good investment?
>I did a fairly detailed writeup about my European push seeder on the MF
> sometime back in the summer. You should be able to dig it out of the
> archives. It is not a perfect tool but with a few adjustments I can get
> along with it.
> The best thing I like about it is the more sturdy construction and
> when working in my stony and cloddy soil. The seed plates, when needing
> be changed, are no more difficult to change than those on the Earthway and
> if you are only changing to a slightly smaller or larger seed you may only
> need to spin the externally mounted plate to the correct sized hole, much
> easier! And you don't have the aggravation of plastic plates flexing and
> jamming seed under the plate and then popping them to who knows where.
> Sometimes seed size variations in radish, spinach, or some bean varieties
> can make life difficult for those using an Earthway. This is easily
> in the European seeder by adjusting the hole size. I have successfully
> sowed small seeds like lettuce, carrots, and kale but was dissappointed
> the way it seeded sweet corn and I am still not sure about its performance
> with swiss chard and beets. My impressions are that it does best with
> smooth surfaced and evenly rounded seeds like peas and okra, and worst
> irregularly shaped and surfaced seeds like corn and beets. These things
> tend to clump together as the rotating brushes move them up the side of
> hopper towards the discharge hole and then release irregularly, causing
> skipped spaces several feet in distance within the row and piles of seed
> one spot. I think a redesign of the machine with the discharge hole
> to the bottom of the seed hopper would improve on this problem.
> Another thing I found to be essential for using the European seeder, is to
> have a cordless rechargable hand vacuum (similar to those used to clean up
> car interiors) to take to the field for sucking remaining seed from the
> hopper when you are changing seed types or varieties. Mine works well but
> it is another $35-$50 investment.
> Hope this is helpful.
> Marlin Burkholder
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