Sowing seed

Small areas
Seed can be broadcaste by hand or with a hand held spreader.

For larger areas:

Seed spinner, accurately calibrated, followed by harrowing followed by rolling if possible

Direct drill linkage planter with double discs or tynes

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This simple hand operated seed spreaders can be modified with some side baffles to direct seed into cultivated area.

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IBIS seed spreader Suitable for 4 wheeler or linkage. Fine calibration with electric powered spinner.

See the short video of direct seeder in action.

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Angled discs enable the seed to be dropped in the slot in the ground opened up by the discs. The soil tends to spring back over the seed as the discs pass. There may be rolls at the rear to further pack soil in around the seed for better moisture retention.

Network brand linkage direct drill seeders are good for larger areas either into lightly worked ground or low mown grass.

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Grooves left by seeder

10 days after planting

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Mixed species inter row strip winter grown...

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Buckwheat, cowpeas... buckwheat flowers within 5 weeks of planting so is great to draw the beneficial insects into the crop.

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Inter-row management to aid beneficial arthropods and improve soil health

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