[Market-farming] seeding onions

Chrys Ostrander chrys at thefutureisorganic.net
Mon Oct 11 12:21:42 EDT 2010


I don't do the following presently, but I once worked on a farm where 
their method for seeding plug trays was pretty efficient.

This method required pelleted seed. These folks used standard flats and 
had made wooden frames that held two flat pieces of sheet metal, one 
right on top of the other, with holes drilled into them that matched the 
spacing of the plug flat they were seeding (and were slightly larger 
than each pellet). The pieces of sheet metal could be slid so that the 
holes did not align. Then, pelleted seed was rolled around on top of the 
top piece of sheet metal until one pellet dropped into each drilled 
hole, like the children's game with the little metal balls. Then the two 
pieces of sheet metal were slid so that the drilled holes aligned and 
each seed dropped into a cell of the plug flat.

*Chrys Ostrander, Director of Farming Programs
p.e.a.c.h. Community Farms and Gardens*
People for Environmental Action and Community Health

*p.e.a.c.h. Community Farm at Pine Meadow*
10425 S. Andrus Rd.
Cheney, Wa 99004
chrys at thefutureisorganic.net
/"Our Fresh Future for Spokane"/

On 10/11/2010 8:44 AM, Marie Kamphefner wrote:
> Regards to the list:
> What do you use to distribute the seeds into the plug trays? How do 
> you get just one seed into each cell?
> Marie in Missouri
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