ever use an earthwway seeder???

tn_jedApril 2, 2010

i have one its worked great the past 3 years planting peas okra and some corn and lettuce this year i take it out to try and plant some early okra and peas cabbage and lettuce and all the seed keeps getting up behind the seed plate and locking it up is their a trick to this thing i don't know about i am going to be needing to use it a lot more this year, my good friend that i used to borrow his 2 row corn planter passed away and i didn't have time to go to the auction to save any of his stuff, man i am kickin myself now planting corn and okra was so easy with that rig but now i have to go back to the earthway and it just keeps locking up on me please help if you can i got about 20 200ft rows of okra and peas to plant and now im just burning daylight

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randy41_1

wish i could help you but i have the same problem with mine. look for a thread where this was discussed because i think someone had a cure for it.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2010 at 12:08PM
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myfamilysfarm

SAme here. I have 4 of them. I put 3 together as a gang planter. I've bought new ones with the same problem right out of the box, old ones same thing. I've got new plates, no luck. I've tried the talcum powder and everything I could think of. The only thing that I've done is to put little 'bonnets' over the top of the seed containers to hold the 'popping' seeds, but that doesn't help with the locking up.

I've went back to hand seeding any larger seeds, and have almost given up with the little bitty seeds.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2010 at 3:00PM
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redo

Don't over-fill the seed hopper. It has a full line and if I go over that it starts popping seeds. Otherwise it works quit well.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 11:55PM
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myfamilysfarm

I have given up on my earthway, at this time, due to the popping seeds. I have kept the seeds well below the full line, and they still pop. I have went back to hand seeding what seeds I plant. I just don't plant as many direct seeded items.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 8:22AM
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boulderbelt(5/6)

I believe one of the solutions is to put something like Lemon Pledge on the back of the seed plate and on the wall of the hopper that touches the seed plate. I have not done this with ours but it makes the surface slick enough so that seeds don't get caught and crushed.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 10:25AM
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myfamilysfarm

Now I have to find my Pledge, I'll have to try that. If it works, I may carry a can to the garden with me.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 6:47PM
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boulderbelt(5/6)

As i remember you apply it once every year or so (unless you wash the seeder)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 5:11AM
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myfamilysfarm

thanks for all of your knowledge, tomorrow before the rains come in, I'll have to try it.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 8:17PM
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swigginton

I just got my earthway last month, have the same problem with any of the smaller seed, plus my seedbed wasn't as clean as needed.

Here is a fix I found while searching around on the problem, haven't personally had the time to do it to mine but it is on my master to-do list for one evening

Here is a link that might be useful: Earthway Seeder Fix

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 7:06AM
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