created by conor crickmore
Easy, quick, and perfectly straight plantings every time. This ensures even growth and fast cultivation.
The gridder is a rolling dibbler used to lay out or "dibble" your plantings. It is also used to make straight lines before direct seeding or using a paperpot transplanter.
A spool is related to the number of rows you intend to plant on the bed. Thus when you wish to plant two rows, you would use a 2x2 spool.
Even and straight plantings are more productive and easier to cultivate.
The gridder creates perfect, evenly spaced plantings on a 30" bed. Not recommended for beds which are not 30"
To figure out standard plant spacing, you need only divide the bed by the number of rows. The calculation is 30” bed /2 rows = 15” . Thus a 2x2 spool spaces plantings 15” apart in the bed which is the correct and only even spacing for 2 rows on a 30” bed. Thus a 2x2 spool is 15" wide. Obviously in-row spacing and row spacing are identical for even plantings.
You can now figure out any spacing, but doing the calculation is completely unnecessary as the Gridder will perfectly space your plantings.
If that is unclear, then the "Plant Spacing" video below should help to clarify.
Static Spools are the right choice
Conor decided on static spools because it just made the most sense. For a 30" bed there are no other spacings.
Accurate - It is only possible to get both precise row and in-row spacing with permanent spools.
Fast - To move between different spacings, no tools are required; just grab and go.
Efficient - It is dumb simple to relate a planting task to workers.
Simple - There is no need for any other spacing on a 30" bed than the spools created by Conor.
Adjustable Dibblers are Inefficient because
* They are always inaccurate
* Usually Require Tools and more importantly, Time to Change
* Difficult, if not impossible, to transfer planting directions to workers
Post your own planting chart to communicate simply and easily your standard planting distances.
For more information on using the Gridder on your farm, check out our Youtube Gridder Playlist.