This project comes from:
Chris who runs a wonderful and informative blog
Who the project is for:
Vegetable and/or Flower Growers, Small Scale Farmers
Range of how much it might cost to build:
$90 for the Earthway (only if you don’t have one already) and the cost of the quick adjustment is cheap, most likely under $10
What skills are necessary to complete it:
Just about anyone can do it. You may need to introduce yourself to a saw or drill if you haven’t before, but otherwise it’s a very accessible project.
Summary of the project:
The Earthway seeder is a great tools considering it costs only around $90, and allows you to seed a huge variety of seed types and sizes. But sometimes when using small round seeds, like arugula, the seeds work their way behind the seed plate, which can begin to pulverize the seed, and keep the seed plate from rotating properly. This modification helps with that.
How to build it:
Take a 3″ PVC end cap. Saw about an inch or so off the end, basically leaving you with a shorter cap. Drill a hole in the center. Then remove the central bolt holding the seed plate assembly to the seeder and replace it with a 1/4″ bolt that is 2 1/4″ long. The bolt should go all the way through the seeder and the new cap. Place a wingnut on the end (for easy plate removal/replacement), and tighten just snug enough to allow plate to still spin freely.
This fix basically just keeps the seed plate against the body of the seeder and helps prevent crushed seeds. As with most things it takes some adjusting, but once you get it, it works like a charm.
How to use it well once you’ve built it:
Use the Earthway as you normally would, but when you change seed plates, you’ll need to unscrew the wing nut and take off the pvc cap. But that’s a small price to pay for the difference that this will make keeping the seeder from jamming up.