How to Use a Garden Seeder

What You'll Need
Garden seeder
Seed plates

A garden seeder is a very important tool used for gardening. It has two wheels, and the gardener usually uses a garden seeder to sow seeds at the appropriate depth in the soil and leaves a distance from one row of plants and another. The two wheels of a garden seeder come in  different sizes; the one at the front is large, whilst the wheel at the back is smaller in size.

Generally speaking, a U-shaped metal bar is attached to the front wheel to keep the garden seeder stable when it is stationary and not being used. You must have a wide selection of seed plates if you have a garden seeder. Keep in mind that the more seed plates you have, the more different vegetables you can plant.

Remember that a garden seeder is not suitable to seed everything. For example, you must not use a garden seeder to sow melon and cucumber seeds. A garden seeder should not be used if you use the lasagna gardening technique and have raised garden beds. If the gardening method used is an advanced one, then the use of a garden seeder is definitely inappropriate. However, the best way to use a garden seeder is when you have long rows to plant, and you would like to plant beans or peas in them.

Step 1 – Selecting the Seeds

You must never soak the seeds before you use a garden seeder. The seeds must be dry, and you should not use seed pellets because seed pellets often do not fit into the seed plates. Check that the hopper is clean so that the seeds will be sowed properly. Plow the soil first before you start the seeding job.

Step 2 – Choosing the Seed Plates

The garden seeder needs the correct seed plate, depending on what vegetable crop you would like to plant. If you seed the correct crop with the correct seed plate, then the results achieved will be quite satisfactory. You can plant several different crops with different seed plants, including peas, beans, carrots, beetroots, radishes and sweetcorn.

Step 3 – Using the Seeder To Sow Seeds

It is not very difficult to use a garden seeder. First of all, you need to fix the appropriate seed plate to the seed hopper’s interior, and then set the ground opener so that the seeder will sow the seeds properly at a particular depth in the soil of your garden. Apart from the ground opener, you have to adjust the row marker as well. Place the seeds in the seed hopper and move the seeder in a straight direction.

Step 4 – Using the Seeder to Fertilize Crops

Apart from seeding plants, the garden seeder has an alternative function. You can also use it as a tool to fertilize your crops. Remember that you cannot utilize the garden seeder to sow seeds and fertilize them simultaneously, so you have to move your seeder again through your garden after you sow the seeds. You may think it is a waste of time, but keep in mind that it still takes less time than manual seeding.