Trying to handle tiny seeds, such as carrot, pansy, and lettuce, and drop the right number into a cell pack can be tricky. With inexpensive seeds, there's no worry about using more than you need, but if you're growing a rare, expensive variety, you likely have few seeds to waste.
For the meticulous seed starter there is a tool available that can make the whole process more efficient. The Mini-Wand seeder features a hand-operated vacuum bulb, hand-triggered wand, and five different-sized tips for picking up different-sized seeds. Simply depress the vacuum bulb, place the trigger tip near the seed you want to move, and depress the trigger. Air suction grabs the seed and holds it against the tip. Bring the seed to the pot and let go of the trigger and the seed drops into place. There are three versions of the Mini-Wand seeder. More complicated versions feature an extension wand and hose to plant large quantities of seeds and to plant outdoors.
For more information on this simple, yet elegant seeding tool, go to: GroMor Vacuum Seeder.
Article published on January 15, 2008.