[Market-farming] European Seeder

TxBeeFarmer TxBeeFarmer at HotPop.com
Thu Dec 20 06:32:22 EST 2007

Anyone have a link for the European Seeder?  I'd like to look at one.

TxBeeFarmer (Mark)
West Texas Zone 7b

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From: "Glen Eco Farm" <glenecofarm at planetcomm.net>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 8:58 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] European Seeder

>I did a fairly detailed write up about my European push seeder on this list
> back sometime in the summer.  You should be able to dig it out of the
> archives.  It's 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 stoney and cloddy soil.  The seed plates, when needing 
> to
> be changed, are no more difficult to do than those on an Earthway and if 
> you
> are only changing to a slightly larger or smaller seed you may only need 
> to
> spin the externally mounted plate to a larger or smaller 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 using the Earthway.  This is easily handled in the
> European by adjusting hole size.  I have sowed small seeded things like
> lettuce, carrots, and kale successfully but I was dissappointed that it
> wouldn't do a decent job on sweet corn, and I'm still not sure about swiss
> chard and beets.  My impressions are that it does best with smooth evenly
> rounded seeds like peas and okra and worst with irregular shaped and
> surfaced seeds like corn and beets.  These things tend to clump together 
> as
> the rotating brushes move them up the sloping side of the hopper towards 
> the
> discharge hole and then release irregularly.  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 rechargeable hand vacuum to take along to the field to use
> for sucking remaining seed out of the seed hopper when you are changing 
> seed
> types or varieties.  Mine works well but it is another $35-$50 dollar
> investment.
> Hope this is helpful.
> Marlin Burkholder
> Virginia
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