For many of us, physical disabilities or just plain aging turns a relatively simple and enjoyable task like seed sowing into a back-breaking chore. That can take all the fun out of it. But it doesn't have to be that way. Fancy garden seeders are nice, but cost-prohibitive. You can quickly and easily fabricate a homemade garden seeder with free or inexpensive materials that you may very well already have out back in your shed. This apparatus works best for sowing medium- to large-sized seeds such as peas, squash, corn, pumpkins and beans.
Cut the top 4 inches off of an empty plastic 2-litre soft drink bottle with a hobby or utility knife. Set your funnel aside, and discard the rest of the bottle.
Stand a length of 1-inch PVC pipe next to you and mark it about 8 to 10 inches higher than your waistline. Cut the pipe with a hacksaw at the mark.
Cut a notch out of one end of the PVC pipe, if you wish. It should be about 2 inches long and an inch across. This creates a peephole you can use to watch your seeds and adjust their direction as they pass through the PVC. It’s not critical, but does add to the convenience of the device.
Line up the other end of the PVC pipe with the spout of the funnel. Secure into place with duct tape.
Place the tip of your garden seeder on the soil where you want to plant a seed. Nudge the soil with the tip to create the planting hole or furrow. Toss a seed into the funnel and point the seeder’s tip into the hole, directing the landing position. Push the soil with your foot to cover the seed.
Things You Will Need
- Empty plastic 2-litre soft drink bottle
- Hobby or utility knife
- 1-inch PVC pipe
- Duct tape
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