2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Hand-Held Tree Planter
Designed by Mike Zimmer of Shawnee, Kansas, the Wedgie Planter consists of a 1-in. dia. pipe with a T-handle on top and a wedge at the bottom, with a foot pad just above the wedge. You push the wedge into the ground with the foot pad and then drop a seedling into the hole. Then to seal the seedling in place, you position the wedge 2 in. behind the hole and drive the wedge into the ground again, pulling the handle toward you to seal the roots and then pushing the handle toward the seedling to seal the soil against the seedling. The newly created hole will serve as a water reservoir to provide the seedling's roots with moisture.
"The wedge-shaped design really does a good job of penetrating hard, rocky soil," says Zimmer. "The wedge is longer than a spade and easier to handle than a full shovel. In more rugged ground conditions, you can use both feet and a pogo stick motion to transfer your weight to the wedge. The T-handle has rubber grips on it for extra comfort."
Three models are available. The Wedgie Junior is designed for planting 1-year-old seedlings and has a wedge that's 2 in. wide by 8 in. long, with a 12-in. long T-handle, a step length of 10 in., and an overall height of 40 in. It weighs 8 lbs. Sells for $45.95 plus $19.95 S&H.
The second model, called the Wedgie Spud, is identical to the Wedgie Junior except that it has a single handle instead of a T-handle. It sells for $29.95 plus $19.95 S&H.
The third model, called the Ultimate Wedgie, is designed for planting 3-year-old seedlings and has a wedge that's 5 in. wide by 7 in. long, with an 18-in. long T-handle, a step length of 12 in., and an overall height of 43 1/2 in. It weighs 14 lbs. Sells for $69.95 plus $19.95 S&H.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Wedgie c/o Mike Zimmer, 13805 W. 56th Terrace, Shawnee, Kansas 66216 (ph 913 962-7892; sales @wedgieplanter.com; www. wedgie planter.com).
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