Has anyone noticed if machine planting seeds works better than planting seeds by hand?
I have noticed after planting corn & beans about 50% to 70% germinate and grow in a week then I have to replant places where nothing grew. I always buy new seeds from farmers co-op every year. I wonder if I am not being careful enough to make sure all seeds are planted exactly the same depth. Sometimes I save seeds I still have problems with some seeds not growing.
I see several seed planters online I wonder if some are better than others? Are machines good at planting seed all at the exact same depth. Are machines more trouble than they are worth for planting 1 row of beans 40 ft long or 8 rows of corn 40 ft long each?
I enjoy crawling through the garden on my hands and knees it is FUN not work to me but I am often in a race with mother nature to get seeds planted before the next rain. I am a lot slower than I use to be.
What is best seed depth for corn & beans.?
I usually till the soil, pull a string for each straight row, hoe a row for seeds, plant seeds 1 by 1, then cover them up with loose soil. If i till soil then it rains before I plant seeds soil will crust over and be hard on the surface after it dries out so I have to till again. Do planter machines work if soil gets a bit hard after rain or will I need to tilled again?
I'm not 100% sure why so many seeds never grow I look at the farmer up the road his corn is planted 4" apart and every seed comes up and he plants in 50 degree weather usually 3 weeks before me. If I plant sweet corn in 50 degree weather nothing grows. I wait until soil warms up to 65 degrees to plant seeds.