Sow Your Seed Efficiently With This Multi-Way Drop Seeder

Anyone who has ever had to propagate small plants from seed will know that efficiently sowing seed can be a difficult process. Getting a consistent number of seed in each point while achieving any sort of speed is almost impossible, and as a result it becomes a tedious process. If only there were some means by which it could be automated, perhaps a way to do a whole tray at once!

Fortunately [Michael Ratcliffe] is at hand, with his tray-sized drop seeder. It consists of two sheets of acrylic each with a grid of holes, offset from each other by able to be brought into alignment with a lever. Seed is shaken over the upper surface until all the holes contain some, and then the lever is operated allowing it to drop through into the soil below. There is a matching dibber if required to push the required grid of holes in the soil.

It’s a simple yet ingenious gadget that genuinely will make the lives of horticulturalists a lot easier, even though it might not be perfect for all types of seed. He’s created a video which we’ve placed below the break, and should you wish to create the dibber we’ve already covered it.

7 thoughts on “Sow Your Seed Efficiently With This Multi-Way Drop Seeder

  1. This is a similar process that I used on a farm while planting test plots. It was set up on a drum that had 50 holes. As the tractor drove forward the drum spun slowly and would make one rotation every ten feet. Once the tractor stopped you would refill the holes with a new variety. Rinse and repeat. It took awhile only planting two rows at ten feet but it was better then doing it by hand. It’s very cool to see another variation to plant seeds.

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