How to Build a Garden Seed Planter

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How to Build a Garden Seed Planter
This simple planter alleviates the pain of bending and crouching to plant seeds by hand. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Seed planters are used to avoid the aches and pains that come form hunching or crouching to plant seeds by hand. These planters allow gardeners to plant seeds faster than planting by hand. Using common items found in everyday hardware stores or even your garage, these simple homemade planters are just as effective as pricey store-bought models and can even be environmentally friendly, as they can be made by reusing old pipes, funnels, or plastic soda bottles.

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Things you need

  • Half-inch to 1-inch PVC pipe at least 3 feet in length
  • Small funnel or soda bottle
  • Duct tape or epoxy
  • Small hacksaw

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  1. 1

    Choose a length of pipe appropriate to your height, at least 3 to 4 feet in length, or use the hacksaw to cut a longer piece of pipe to comfortably fit your height. The pipe should be about the height of a walking stick or cane.

  2. 2

    Cut one end of the pipe at a 35 or 45 degree angle. This will form the pointed end of the seed planter that will be used to dig into the ground.

  3. 3

    Place the small end of the funnel into the opposite end of the pipe to form the receptacle into which seeds will be dropped. You may instead use the hacksaw to cut a soda bottle in half, placing the cap end of the bottle into the pipe. A 1-inch-wide pipe should snugly accommodate the cap end of a soda bottle.

  4. 4

    Secure the funnel to the planter with duct tape. To form a more secure planter, with a permanent seal, use epoxy to secure the funnel or soda bottle to the pipe. The pointed end of the planter may then be used to dig holes for the seed, which may be covered over with ease.

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