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Easy-To-Make, Stand Up Planter
Tim Hanson says he is too old to kneel down to plant his garden, so he does it standing. His quick and easy planter makes it a snap to plant seeds of any size, and his row marker makes laying out the garden easy as well.
  “I’ve used the planter with beans, peas, beets, cucumbers, mostly finger-size, row-crop seeds,” says Hanson. “It has plenty of room for several cups of seeds, yet lets me plant one seed at a time.”
  Hanson says the planter is as simple as it is easy to make, requiring only a plastic bottle, a length of conduit or pvc tubing, and some duct tape and wire. He prefers using a plastic bottle about 5 in. in dia. He cuts off the top half of the bottle on a slant, leaving it about 2 in. high on one side and about 8 in. on the other side.
  “I cut a tab in the higher side of the bottle about 2 in. long to fit over the tubing, leaving a short length attached at the top,” says Hanson. “After I slide the tubing over the tab, I secure it in place with tape and wire.”
  Because the tube ends up being at a slight angle, Hanson trims the tube end so it is parallel with the ground.
  “This makes sure the seeds go where I want them without bouncing around,” he explains. “Seeds for planting are held in the bottom of the bottle. I can pick out one or more seeds as desired, stick the end of the tube into the ground, and drop the seeds down it. Then all I have to do is step them into the tilled garden bed.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tim Hanson, 1218 S. Hunter Rd., Indianapolis, Ind. 46239 (ph 317 359-0641).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #1