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Earthway and Small Seeds

feelgoodfarms
Sat, 04 May 2019 18:20:02 GMT

I am sorry if this has been posted already. I have been using the Earthway for over a month now. When I planted Turnips using the designated plate, I noticed right away that seeds were slipping behind the plate, causing poor dropping rates. So I did the pvc end cap trick mentioned in the New Organic Grower. It didn't solve the problem and just made it harder to change plates. So I ordered the brassica plate. I removed the end cap and went back to the original design. The Brassica plate seems to drop seeds well for baby greens. But I still cannot use the turnip plate for roots. Any solutions for this?

farmerjesse
Sun, 05 May 2019 09:51:05 GMT

I wish I had a good tip for you here. Which turnips are you trying to sow? Hakurais have worked pretty well for us in the turnip plate, but if they are slightly larger turnip seeds, I would maybe recommend either the radish plate or the light carrot plate?

David Blanchard
Mon, 06 May 2019 13:07:12 GMT

As soon as you can afford it, invest in a Jang seeder and those small seed woes will go away. Accuracy of seed singulation will also improve. There is a learning curve: which roller to use (there are many choices); which gear combination to use? Experiment and keep good records of your settings and it will soon work out. Also, for around $125, you can get a double-disc opener to replace the shoe that comes with the stock machine, which works really well in the residue-rich surface conditions that no- or reduced-tillers encounter.

feelgoodfarms
Mon, 06 May 2019 15:38:47 GMT

I am planting hakureis today, gonna try out filling the hopper more. Have you done the pvc cap adjustment Jesse?

feelgoodfarms
Mon, 06 May 2019 15:39:53 GMT

I would love a Jang, I want to hold off for a few years if I can make the earthway work