by Nate Nate

Adaptive garden seed planting techniques to productively overcome physical limitations.

Small seeds can be difficult to plant and space accurately in a garden, especially for those with arthritis, loss of motor skills, and injuries to their hands. There are a number of options available to overcome these challenges and to precisely plant seeds in picture-perfect rows with ease. This is Part 2 of a 3-part Gardening Series. Stay tuned for part 3!

Ability Solution 1:
Easier planting with seed tape.

A simple and effective solution for placing rows of seeds accurately and quickly is with the use of seed tape. This simply DIY solution can be prepared in the house at a table during winter when you have time. Simply “glue” seeds using a flour & water paste, onto strips of newspaper at proper spacing, allow to dry and then roll up. In the spring, dig your furrow, roll out the ‘seed tape’ and cover with soil. The newspaper will decompose and the seeds will grow!

Ability Solution 2:
Use a Seeding Square.

Small seeds are incredibly difficult to pick up and to plant – even more so for those with arthritis, loss of motor skills, or hand injuries. The Seeding Square is a color-coded seed spacing grid that lets you accurately place seeds in neat grids or rows in your garden. Most importantly, the kit includes a super-handy-seed-spoon to scoop up and place even the tiniest of seeds. The Seeding Square also includes a convenient funnel to help shaky hands accurately drop seeds into the holes. You’ll be amazed at the ease, speed and accuracy of planting small seeds in your gardens when using the Seeding Square!

Ability Solution 3:
Planting long rows with ease.

Marking a row and then bending down to carefully
space seeds such as sweet corn or green beans is challenging for many people, especially those with poor balance, back injuries, and leg weakness. An easy to use garden seed planter is a relatively low-cost tool which will provide you the precision and ability to plant long rows of seed like a pro, with minimal effort on your part. The planter includes comfortable grips for stability and control as you make your row, and it include changeable plates for metering and spacing different seed types. When you are finished planting, it folds up to neatly tuck away in your garage until the next planting season.

Ability Solution 4:
Plantin’ like a pro.

If you find it challenging to walk through the garden and to plant seeds by hand, an ATV seed planter will give you the ability to precisely plant row after row of sweetcorn and other garden seeds with minimal effort. This 2-row planter is light enough to be easily towed behind an ATV or garden tractor and will plant 2 rows at a time. Multiple plates are available to fit different seed types and spacing needs.

Ability Solution 5:
Diggin’ it like a gopher!

We mentioned this option in Part 1, but we feel it bears repeating. The power planter auger bit is an easy way to prepare holes for planting bulbs and seedlings without needing to use a trowel. This saves labor and stress on the hands, arms, and shoulders. You can use any cordless drill with the Power Planter to tear up planting holes quickly and easily. It is available in multiple lengths to make it easier for you to dig holes at a comfortable level with any battery powered drill.


And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times,
you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply
and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. – Apostle Paul