Tips for more efficient small-scale direct seeding
Does anyone have tips on direct seeding for veggies -- I'm trying to save work and save seed?! I'm up to two acres of mixed veggies this year, mostly hand work, and my seed bill is getting to the point where using less seed would mean decent savings. And more accurate seeding means less thinning! So far, I've been using the Earthway seeder for most direct seeding, and hand sowing wider spaced crops like squash and melons.
A couple things I want to try this year:
- Using plastic tubing of different diameters to drop seed from a standing position. I read about this for things like beans, but even seed potatoes could work. (I saw a couple of stick/jab planters for larger seed in the Johnny's catalog. Do these work well, better than a tube?)
- For carrots and beets, I tried the light plate for the Earthway mid-season last year. It seemed a bit too thin, uneven germination, but that could've been the watering and weather as well. I'll try lighter plates again, but in spring.
Any ideas would be great!