[Market-farming] European Seeder-good investment?

Bill Bradshaw 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?
Thanks Bill

----- 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 
>list
> 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 
> stability
> when working in my stony and cloddy soil.  The seed plates, when needing 
> to
> 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 
> handled
> in the European seeder by adjusting the hole size.  I have successfully
> sowed small seeds like lettuce, carrots, and kale but was dissappointed 
> with
> 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 
> with
> 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 
> the
> hopper towards the discharge hole and then release irregularly, causing
> skipped spaces several feet in distance within the row and piles of seed 
> in
> one spot.  I think a redesign of the machine with the discharge hole 
> closer
> 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 
> seed
> 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
> Virginia
>
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