As long as you've got you're soil conditions down for carrots, definitely pelleted seeds are great. I only use the earthway and it works really well for this.
Personally I use the Jang Seeder and with the right roller it works GREAT. No point buying the pelleted carrot because the Jang is nice and precise.
Pellets are a blessing and a curse. They are much easier to handle and seeding can be aided by it. ( I personally threw my earthway in the trash because that thing is a pile of steaming crap compared to a jang, it destroys as much seed as it puts out) You need to apply lots of water so that the clay pellet is saturated enough to soak through to the seed. Pellets are great for hand seeding or starting trays.
Alex, have you priced out the jang like you priced out the Paperpot? Just curious at what point/scale it does and doesn't make sense.
Jesse, I have not run the numbers. I direct seed all my crops aside from toms, pepper, eggplant and cucumber. Having the Single Jang has entirely changed the outcome of my farm. I think I the question really comes down to the single jang vs. 5 point jang. The earthway is very limited comparatively. My main issue was with the discs destroying as much seed as it put out. You have to do a diy fix to keep the discs really tight. It also dumps big clumps with no in row spacing adjustments unless you tape over slots on discs. The belt slips as it is not a chain, the hopper is open, and the shoe is just a drag chain. And you have to tip the whole seeder over to empty out. I’m on my second year of jang with zero negatives and has basically removed transplanting from the equation.
If I direct seeded more (and I may in coming seasons), I would probably go jang. Earthway is fine for us mostly. Would love to trial a jang though to see what I'm missing
As if carrots weren't enough of a pia to germinate, then you go and pellet them, ha! I have used pelleted carrot seed but only in places near the house where I KNOW I will get in there and water a ton every day till they germinate. Too much wait time for the weeds to get ahead otherwise.
Alex, did you have a fertilizer attachment for the Earthway? When I finally get my Jang, I plan to keep the earthway for side dressing. That is if the fert unit actually works.
I struggle with Pelleted carrot seed with my farm hack modified earthway more than I do with small seeds. The clay seems to grind behind the plates in the modified hopper like the small seeds do with the un-modified hopper.
I see the merit of pelleted seed from the standpoint of spacing. The problem I always seem to have is low germination rates and slow germination.
Pelleted seed tends to be significantly more expensive then normal ones. Depending on the amounts you seed, going with a pricey jang will give you a good return on investment on itself as you can use the cheaper seed and still get good precision. For us this setup works perfectly.
I’ve not had very good luck with pelleted carrot seed. Raw always does better and is much cheaper.
As I get better with the Jang, we have found that we agree. Pelleted seeds are less useful if you have a good seeder. Our spacing is ridiculously spot-on with the Jang.
What roller and gear ratio are you using Jesse?
I don’t even use my Jang anymore. Thinking about selling it. I use a Planet Jr #4. Also have a PJ 300 and am excited to try using my Iron king. The Jang works good for round seed for sure.
The other thing about pelleted seed is it dramatically effects the lifespan of a seed. Most of the seeds that we have that are pelleted last one year max. Raw seed can last years.