MOTHER’s product picks for April/May 2017.

  • If you're planning to seed long rows in tilled soil this growing season, a walk-behind seed planter is a nice gift to your back.
    Photo courtesy Hoss Tools
  • This washable basket is great for harvesting or carrying tools into the garden.
    Photo courtesy Maine Garden Products
  • Tom Hess has been fashioning pie plates from red clay in the Missouri Ozarks since the mid-1970s.
    Photo courtesy Hess Pottery
  • The Egg Cart'n Wheel/Lift Kit has a front dolly that lifts the steering end and two real-wheel assemblies that raise the other side of the unit.
    Photo courtesy Quail Manufacturing
  • Use the Egg Cart'n Wheel/Lift Kit as a foundation for your new chicken tractor or attach it to the corners of your existing coop.
    Photo courtesy Quail Manufacturing
  • The compact, quiet design of Brinsea's Maxi II Advance Incubator is perfect for beginners and small producers.
    Photo courtesy Brinsea Products
  • The Worm Factory 360's stackable bins create easily manageable layers that can be independently moved.
    Photo courtesy Nature's Footprint

Hoss Garden Seeder

$319.99 at Hoss Tools

If you’re planning to seed long rows in tilled soil this growing season, a walk-behind seed planter is one of the best gifts you can give your back. The premise of the walk-behind planter design is that as you push it forward, the rolling coulter opens up a planting furrow at a preset depth. Meanwhile, a chain on the rear wheel drives a plate mechanism that evenly spaces the seed drop. Finally, a drag chain covers the seed, and the rear wheel presses the soil around the seed to maximize the germination rate.

We love the look of the Hoss Garden Seeder — the hardwood handles and simple mechanical drive give the model a heritage, made-to-hand-down flair — and we appreciate how easy it is to switch between seed plates as we turn from the turnip row to our string bean patch.

Pike’s Original Maine Garden Hod

$44.95 at Maine Garden Products

Historically, the hod was the laborer’s cradle, and its contents were precious, whether a load of bricks, a harvest of clams, or a fresh tomato harvest. Maine Garden Products’ modern hod is a riff on the traditional. This washable basket is great for the harvest season, but we’ve found ours to be versatile enough to work as a garden toolkit, a kindling basket, or a knitting carryall. We recommend you drop an extra $4 for the hand-painted logo because you’ll be admiring it for many years to come. Beware: If this hod is left vacant for too long, you might have to fight your cat for it.

Unglazed Deep-Dish Pie Plate

$40 at Hess Pottery



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