Audrey Lewis wrote:Hi Davis. The market garden hand tool I've seen that works well for planting into cover crop residue does not exactly match the specifications you described. However you may find it to be worth checking out. It's called the Zilli jab seeder, and I found it on the Earth Tools website when I was researching crimper rollers just last night. You plant seeds one at a time by jabbing the ground, and it automatically reloads the next seed. It has a quart size hopper. That may be a little more labor intensive than what you're looking for.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:There really isn't a no till seed drill that is hand powered (for that the Hoss is your best bet).
If you want a no till seed drill that is sized to a 4 wheeler, those are out there on the market RTP outdoors
Most of this type of tool is sized for large tractors and those start at around 6K and go up to over 10K.
By the way, a seed drill does exactly that, it drills (pokes) a hole and deposits a seed then a wheel covers and presses down the soil. I've seen several different configurations for pulling behind a 4 wheeler and all look like they would work great.
Most of them are two pokes to a hole, the first makes the hole the second drops the seed then, behind the "wheel" is a small plow to cover the hole with soil and then a wheel passes over to tamp the soil tight to the seed.
Davis Tyler wrote:I considered broadcasting cover crop seed on the surface, but I was concerned about getting poor germination rates. My sandy loam soil dries out very quickly between rains. Even if there is water a couple inches down, the surface dries right way which is why I want to get all the seeds at least 1/2" underground
is this the Hoss seeder you have? https://hosstools.com/seeders/home/
what crops do you seed with it? peas, beans, corn - anything smaller-seeded?