Over the years I have trialled and tested almost every push seeder that I can get my hands on.
For many seasons we successfully used a combination of the Earthway and the Glazer (described below) for all direct seeded crops. Two years ago we adopted a new one the Jang TP-1, which I now consider the best option for the market garden. Although pricier then the two others combine, it is superior by far. Versatile, rugged and precise, the Jang can seed everything from small seeds like carrots to medium or larger ones like beans, all with great uniformity. Another great feature of this seeder is its ability to properly seed in rough terrain. The seeders opener shoe can cut through crop residues and stones plowing at an accurate width and depth. In other words, your beds don't need to be perfectly clean for this baby to successfully operate. Available from www.johnnyseeds.com
These are the 6 rollers we use it with :
- X-24 (Carrots, Leeks, Mesclun, Onion, Radish, and Scallion at 1/2" - 2 1/2" apart)
- LJ-12 (Large Beets, Okra, Swiss Chard at 2-5" apart)
- Y-24 for dense plantings of small seeded leaf lettuces, chicories, and purslane
- MJ-12 for spinach, smaller seeded beets and chard, bulb fennel, parsnips, and pelleted seeds (lettuce, carrots, etc)
- YYJ-12 (Arugula, Basil, Broccoli, Kale, Parsley, and Turnip at 2"-5" apart)
- R-24 for large seeded beets
- F-24 for radishes and cilantro
The Earthway Seeder allows you to plant a variety of vegetable seeds with one continuous operating motion of opening the soil, planting the seed, covering, and then marking the next row. It easily, quickly and & precisely (somewhat...) plants beans, beets, carrots, peas, radishes, corn and more . If you're starting out on less then a half an acre (and on a shoestring) the Earthway is a good and affordable option. Comes with 6 seed plates which should suffice you. Available at earthway.com.