Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Since my neighbor's dog killed the chicken and I got a nice size area tilled for free, I decided to move some of the larger crops out to the Big Field. In order to accomplish this wonderous feat of seeding an area three times the size of our house, I got this Earthway 1001-B Precision Garden Seeder with 6 Seed Plates.

For some reason it took forever to ship but I finally got it Monday. We're scheduled for 50% percipitation on Thursday (anything about 20% down here you can just about count on it raining) so I thought today would be an ideal time to get some of these seeds in the ground.

I planted Ornamental Strawberry Popcorn and Snacker Sunflower seeds. I'm taking a few minute break before getting the quinoa, amaranth, and a package of mammoth sunflower. I purchased oil seed sunflowers which I feed to the rabbits but Bountiful Gardens ran out of stock and sent me Oilseed Radish instead. I have to look these up and see what they are and if I want to even bother planting them. If not, we might have our first give away on HeartSong Farms!

The box came from Amazon a little beat up and retaped...poorly. But it looks as if everything is inside.

The picture on the box is pretty but the instructions will make you want to stab someone.

It took me about 25 minutes to put ot together and considering 10 were spent in search of a wrench that's not too bad. But I have a good working knowledge of how it should look since I checked out the put together model at my local True Value. I had a little trouble figuring out how the plate worked inside. But I finally got it in the right way and went on to plant about four 100'+ rows in a matter of minutes.

Once the seeds start getting low you have to ride the wheels on the side to get them to pick them up. I did have some come out doubles and some blank slots but when you're doing that kind of area missing a couple feet isn't the end of the world. I just went back and hand seeded those places with the dregs the discs couldn't pick up. It helps to have a little one walk behind you to let you know when the chain didn't completely cover the seeds too.

Well, back to the grind to get these crops in the ground. If you have any info on the oilseed radish please share!


  1. WHOOHOOO!!! Progress! Sounds like that was a great investment. I can't wait to see the first pictures of little green sprigs popping up!

  2. We've wanted one of those seeders for years and just bought one a couple weekends ago. I blogged about it too! Haven't had a chance to use ours yet as it's far too wet, but glad to hear you had a good experience with it.

  3. far too wet here. I have an earthway. I think they are pretty decent. Not perfect, but I had no desire to spend 5 times that on a seeder. I will be using it to plant some significant areas with field corn and sugar beets to use as feed for the pigs. It works well for other enough. Though I wouldn't give it a 5 star rating.