Jab Planters

Stand and Plant your garden seeds

Manual and Automatic models available.

Which one is right for me? It depends on what you are planting, and how much...
- for a large plot of corn, peas, sunflowers, etc: use the Automatic.
- for a garden with rows of many different plants: use the Manual.


Automatic Jab Planter

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Automatic Jab Planter

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Quickly plant lots of corn, beans, sunflowers, etc. Can also side-dress with granular fertilizer. 33" tall.

Quickly plant and fertilize large plots.

Quickly plant and fertilize large plots.

Quickly plant and fertilize large plots.

  • Time-tested design
  • For medium-sized seeds
  • Planting depth is adjustable
  • Fertilizer amount is adjustable
  • Soil must be a little loose
  • Best for large areas

Just push the spring-loaded tips into the loose soil. Seeds and fertilizer are deposited automatically each time.

Millions of these seeders are used on small farms in Asia. The hoppers hold enough to plant a field of sweet corn, or any other crop with medium-sized seeds. It's really fast!

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Manual Jab Planter

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Manual Jab Planter

$82.00

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Very easy to use. 37" tall. Steel construction. Includes planter, seed holder, spacing gage, and a fabric seed belt pouch.

Easily plant garden seeds. No stress, no pain...

Easily plant garden seeds. No stress, no pain.

Easily plant garden seeds. No stress, no pain...

  • Strong steel construction
  • Minimal soil preparation needed
  • All seeds up to 1/2" round
  • Planting depth adjustable up to 3"
  • Easily adjustable spacing gage
  • Made in the USA

Patented hand seeder design has a retractable solid rod inside the straight tube to keep soil from plugging the tube.

The planter is just pressed into the ground, then the solid rod (with the ball on top) is lifted a short distance, and a seed is dropped down the bent tube.

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Details & How to use the Automatic Jab Planter

This planter works by simply pressing it into the soil. It will automatically drop the number of seeds you selected (1 or 2) at the depth you selected (1.5" to 3" deep). You can also side-dress or deposit granular fertilizer (.10 to 3 teaspoon) down into the soil 3" away from of your seeds.

This seeder is designed for quick planting of many rows of larger seeds (corn, beans, peas, sunflower). It is NOT designed for any small seeds. It can also be a little complex to get it fine-tuned, so it is best used for doing many long rows of the same crop at one a time (not for small gardens). This seeder has been used across Asia for many years on small farms. The company that makes them is in China and they have produced over 2 million of these planters!

Our automatic seeder has two halves: the seed dispensing half, and the fertilizer dispensing half. Both feature a metal "beak" or tip that is pressed into the soil and then opens as the beaks are retracted to deposit the seed or fertilizer under the soil. The unit is spring-loaded - so you push it down into the soil, but the springs lift it back up and out of the soil.

There is a rotating drum in each half that makes a partial turn with each stroke to meter out seeds and fertilizer. If you do not want to apply fertilizer, simply do not put any in the hopper. Side-dressing crops like sweet corn can greatly improve your success while minimizing your fertilizer usage.

Probably the best way to understand how these Automatic Jab Planters work is to look at the Instructions for setting it up. So we have done that below. You can also download a copy of the Instructions here to print them out.


Automatic Jab Planter Instructions

detail of seed planting side details of fertilizer side

Getting to know your Seeder:

The side with the clear cover is the Seed side.
(Left image) (Left or Top image)

The side with the orange gear is the Fertilizer side.
(Right image) (Right or Bottom image)

 

detail of adjustable seeder depth control

Adjusting the Seed Depth:

Remove the 2 bolts from the foot. Replace the bolts according to the chart which describes the number of holes that are visible.

Exposed Holes Seed Depth
31.5"
22"
12.5"
03"

 

detail of seed roller cover latch cover for jab planter's seed roller area
top gear for seed roller removing the seed roller

Changing the Seed Roller:

Locate the small latch on the clear cover (Image 1). Squeeze to release the latch, then turn CCW until the tabs on the cover are free (Image 2).

Remove the white Top gear, steel washer, and black seed roller (Image 3). *Note that the Top gear and the Bottom gear are NOT interchangeable. Keep track of which is which.

Move the Bottom gear to the new seed roller. Then replace that assembly back into the Planter (Image 4).

To finish, re-install the Top gear, steel washer, and clear cover by just following the above instructions in reverse. Be sure that the clear cover re-latches smoothly.

 

select a seed roller that fits the seeds

Selecting a Seed Roller:

It is very important to choose a seed roller that your seeds fit into properly. This planter comes with multiple seed rollers which have different indentation or pocket sizes, so it can handle a wide variety of medium seeds. It is NOT intended for very small seeds (like carrot or spinach) or for very large seeds (like Lima Beans).

Spread out a handful of your seed, and choose a few of the larger ones. Next find a seed roller that allows a single seed to fit into the indentation or pocket. It is OK for a small portion of the seed to be outside of the pocket.

Install the seed roller according to the instructions. Then put a few handfuls of seed into the hopper and test the unit. Test it by setting a brick into an old cookie sheet, then put the planter foot onto the brick and pump the planter a few times to get the seed roller working. Empty the cookie sheet and pump the seeder 10 times to see if it deposits approximately 10 seeds. If many less are deposited, select a larger seed roller. It is better to plant a few too many seeds than to not plant enough.

 

release the seed control gate fully remove the seed control gate

Adjust the Number of Seeds:

Push the Gate out from the back of the planter to release it (Image 6). Then pull it straight out of it's slot (Image 7). Put the Gate back in either the left or right slot to deposit the proper number of seeds.

For 1 seed - the gate goes closest to the center of the planter (furthest from the clear cover)

For 2 seeds - the gate goes towards the outside of the planter (closest to the clear cover)

For 3 seeds - the gate stays out of the planter (store it somewhere safe so it is not lost)

 

adjustment for fertilizer quantity

Adjust the amount of Fertilizer:

Loosen the wing nut. Move the barrel to the desired position. Re-tighten the wing nut.

Barrel Exposure Teaspoons per Stroke
0"1/10
0.5"1
1"2
1.5"3

 



 

How to use the Manual Jab Planter (or stab seeder)

 

If you are familiar with gardening tools, then you can think of this jab seeder as a Dibber (or dibble) combined with a seed guide tube. A dibber is solid tool that is pushed into the soil to create a small hole for a seed. The straight steel tube of this stab planter encloses a wooden rod with a ball handle on the top and a steel tip on the bottom. This tube and rod combine to make a 3 foot tall dibble.

For larger seeds (like peas) the end of the planter is pushed into the soil until the adjustable depth stop reaches the ground. Then the rod is raised (the planter stays in place) to open a path for a seed to be dropped through the bent tube down to the bottom of the hole. Then the rod is lowered and the whole planter is lifted and moved forward. The adjustable spacing gage is visually lined up with the last hole, and then you push down on the ball to create the next seed hole.

For tiny seeds that are planted very shallow and close together (like spinach): Create a shallow furrow the length of your row. Remove the rod and the depth stop from the seeder. Put the tip of the seeder in the furrow and tip the planter towards you. Drop seeds down the straight tube as you keep dragging the seeder along the row. Afterwords, lightly cover the seeds with loose soil.

 

How to use the Manual Jab Planter (or stab seeder)

 

 

If you are familiar with gardening tools, then you can think of this jab seeder as a Dibbler combined with a seed guide tube. A dibbler is solid tool that is pushed into the soil to create a small hole for a seed. The straight steel tube of this stab planter encloses a wooden rod with a ball handle on the top and a steel tip on the bottom. This tube and rod combine to make a 3 foot tall dibbler.

For larger seeds (like peas) the end of the planter is pushed into the soil until the adjustable depth stop reaches the ground. Then the rod is raised (the planter stays in place) to open a path for a seed to be dropped through the bent tube down to the bottom of the hole. Then the rod is lowered and the whole planter is lifted and moved forward. The adjustable spacing gage is visually lined up with the last hole, and then you push down on the ball to create the next seed hole.

For tiny seeds that are planted very shallow and close together (like spinach): Create a shallow furrow the length of your row. Remove the rod from the jab seeder. Put the tip of the seeder in the furrow and tip the planter towards you. Drop seeds down the straight tube as you keep dragging the seeder along the row. Afterwords, lightly cover the seeds with loose soil.

solid rod that fits inside the jab seeder dibbler end of the stab planter top and seed cup of stand and plant seeder spacing gage for the jab planter
Jab Planter - full view seed cup mounted to a jab planter Stand-N-Plant seeder Manual jab planter - GIF
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Page last modified on 2018-01-16

 

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