Sergio planting new seedlings with the Japanese Paperpot Transplanter.
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Invented in Japan in the 1960s, this contraption allows farmers to transplant up to 264 seedlings in just minutes, making a quick solution out of what once would have once taken hours of back breaking work on hands and knees to complete.
The biodegradable paper chain pots (which the seedlings are growing in) arrive flat, and are extended out into a honeycomb grid pattern. Soil is then added and seeds are sown in each pot in the nursery, until the seedlings are ready to be transplanted into a garden bed.
Paperpots are most commonly used for crops that grow well being closer together, e.g. baby lettuce, salad greens, herbs, kohlrabi, onions, leeks, and spring onions.
The great thing about it is that there is no engine to fuel, few moving parts to maintain, and the machine handles the whole task of planting by carving a small furrow, and even packing the soil down over each plant.
We’re all about efficiency on the farm, and tools like these help us spend more time doing other tasks that need to be done.
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