The Earthway Seeder
A great entry-level seeder for new farmers with a price point of $100-120. It gets the job done and is easy to use, making it an excellent choice for beginners, hobby gardeners, and backyard growers.
The Earthway seeder also comes with a variety of seed plates allowing you to seed multiple types of vegetables without purchasing anything else.
That said, Josh says that although the seeder is easy to use, it’s not as precise as he’d like it to be. Before you start seeding, you’ll also have to prep the ground well and get the soil even and flattened out so that the Earthway runs smoothly.
Earthway Seeder Pros:
- Easy to use
- Comes with a variety of seed plates
Earthway Seeder Cons:
- Not accurate with small seeders
- Requires more bed preparation
- No way to adjust in row seed spacing
- Short handle can be uncomfortable for taller users
The Jang Seeder
The Jang Seeder is a completely mechanical, gear-driven seeder which utilizes two sprockets that can be switched out to achieve different seed spacings.
The hopper is covered with a secure lid and holds a lot of seed, and the long handle is adjustable not just up and down, but also left and right.
“It’s a beast. The ground doesn’t have to be perfect. It rips right through it. It’s very, very accurate,”Farmer Josh Sattin
The Jang Seeder’s steeper price point of about $400 for the base equipment, it would probably make more sense to purchase this piece of equipment if you’re growing as a business or have a large homestead garden.
Jang Seeder Pros:
- Very accurate
- Works great in most soil conditions
- 30+ rollers allowing you to seed a variety of crops at different spacings
- Adjustable sprockets allow you to change the in-row seed spacing
Jang Seeder Cons:
- More expensive
- Doesn’t come with any rollers/seed plates
The Jang Seeder’s rollers come in a variety of sizes and are sold separately, going for about $30 a piece. Each roller is specified with letters and numbers (X24, Y24, LJ24, etc.). The letters indicate the hole size, while the number tells you how many holes each roller has.
You don’t have to get all kinds of rollers to make full use of the Jang; you can purchase your rollers as you need them, depending on which crops you grow.
The Jang also comes with a chart that indicates the gear-to-hole ratio to make figuring out the spacing a lot easier.
Josh’s Jang Seeder settings:
- Arugula – Roller: X24, Sprocket: 11 Front & 13 Back
- Baby Kale – Roller: F24, Sprocket:14 Front & 9 Back
- Spinach – Roller: LJ24, Sprocket: 14 Front & 9 Back
After Josh loads the seeds and starts seeding, he likes to pick up the Jang and roll the front wheel a bit just to make sure that the gears are working and that the seeds are coming out properly.
Final Thoughts on the Jang Seeder
Josh loves using the Jang Seeder – it’s his favorite. In fact, he shared that he got the Jang Seeder even before he started the farm just because he saw how cool it was.
And from the looks of his farm’s success, the Jang did not disappoint!
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