Growing a garden is a joy. Planting seeds by hand is a chore. Stooping, bending, digging, crawling its good exercise, but its not a lot of fun. Your back, your knees, joints you dont usually think about that much all of them will scream in protest after you spend a couple of hours digging small holes to plant seeds.
Garden seed planters are designed to relieve a lot of this burden. They are available at hardware and garden stores in many varieties. But its less expensive for people to build their own garden seed planters than to pay for commercially available ones. Garden seed planters can be put together very quickly by people who have the proper tools and materials PVC pipe, duct tape (that miracle substance that saved McGyvers life on so many occasions!), a funnel, and a hacksaw.
To begin, select a 1/2-inch diameter length of PVC pipe that is approximately 3 feet long. Using the hacksaw, remove the bottom two inches from the pipe, cutting it off at an angle of approximately 35 degrees.
Using McGyvers trusty friend, duct tape, the funnel should then be attached by its spout into the end of the PVC pipe that has not been cut at an angle.
This implement isnt as fancy as commercially produced garden seed planters, but it is immensely practical. To operate, hold the device in one hand and the seeds in another. Using the angled end, poke a small hole in the soil, then insert the end into the hole. Sprinkle seeds into the funnel, then scoop the dirt back on top with the angled end. Repeat for each seed.
This homemade seed planter is austere and very useful. Commercial garden seed planters will regulate seed depth and spacing, distribute seeds in specific amounts, and make rows that are straight and orderly. Your homemade planter wont do any of those things, but it will get you started in the garden. It will also save you a lot of back, knee, and neck pain.