I love everything about gardening. It’s my meditation, think tank, church, and health club all rolled into one. Well, actually there is one thing I dislike about gardening and it’s not that it’s hard, or gross like hand-picking slugs, it’s just time consuming and tedious. I’m talking about thinning seedlings. Anyone who’s ever grown a garden from seed knows what I’m talking about.
It’s time to plant and you’re excited, and you open a package of seeds but they’re so tiny you feel like you might need a microscope to plant them. Since that isn’t an option, you do the best you can, which oftentimes isn’t very good. Plus, half of the seeds stick to your hand and who knows where those end up in the garden – until you have “volunteers” popping up all over the place.
The post-germination result is a higgly-piggly of seedlings too crammed together to grow properly. There’s no way around it, you’ve gotta thin! Thinning bothers me twofold. First, I’m cheap, really cheap, and it galls me to remove half of my potential crop. Second, it almost physically hurts me to thin the new seedlings. It’s like tossing out a potentially useful item, only this is a live plant being tossed into oblivion.
Luckily, there’s a new product available made by a guy who thought there must be an easier way to sow garden seeds: the Sow Perfect Seeder. Yes, there are other seed sowers on the market, but they are often expensive, rust or corrode or otherwise fall apart after some time. The Sow Perfect Seeder can handle the tiniest of seeds and is durable, lightweight and easy to use.
The company touts their product as being made from recyclable materials with no moving parts to break. It is manufactured with a UV hardener and anti-static additive to protect it from the elements if you should leave it out in the garden during the rainy season.
The Sow Perfect Seeder can be used with raw or pelleted seed in 72-cell trays, pelleted seed sown in 128-cell trays or for all types of seed sown by alternating the 288-cell trays. There are three separate handles with four seed size choices and spacing options on each handle. Plus, this product is produced and patented right here in the United States.
And, the price! Very reasonable for such a well-made, versatile product. In fact, I may even save money since I’m not thinning and ditching crowded seedlings anymore. I am extremely enthusiastic, so much so, in fact, that I think I know what my Mom is getting for Mother’s day!