The Earthway Manual Seed Planter Makes Planting Crops a Breeze

Learn about the Earthway manual seed planter, the push machine furrows, plants, covers the seeds and marks the next row all in one pass.
By Boyce Howell
December 2001/January 2002
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The human-powered Earthway seed planter does several jobs in one.
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The Earthway manual seed planter easily adds seed to the soil as you walk along the crop rows. 

Years ago, many of the farming families had small push manual seed planters to use in the garden. Do you have any idea who makes these today, or is this something that has gone away? 

Boyce Howell
Rogers, Arkansas

Earthway still makes a nifty seed planter that furrows, plants, covers the seeds and marks the next row, all in one pass. It comes with six seed plates for planting corn, peas, beans, carrots, beets and radishes. Five optional plates are available for other crops.

The Earthway seeder is available from hardware stores or by mail from Johnny's Selected Seeds (Albion, ME; ). The cost at our local hardware store was $64. For a distributor near you, contact Earthway at  

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8/27/2011 10:56:52 AM
i live in a rural area in can i get one of these seed planter or can you send me the design for it to be made would really help the women in my community

7/22/2009 12:28:10 PM
Hi,pls can i get some informations about how the planter can be design bcos i want to design it for my final year project in school...thanks

2/18/2009 3:02:27 AM
Im in American Samoa working with Hydropits on the island. Just wondered if anyone can tell me where i can find info on growing strawberries from sseeds ? I have worked out everything else an wanted to try some strawberries..i can only get seeds an not thr far to ship i guess. Thank's for any help... Forrest14

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