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The Magic Seeder


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Whilst browsing the net in search of eco-friendly information I came across the Magic Seeder and the concept struck a welcome chord with my long sighted eyes.

I have tried the Magic Seeder and, at last, I have the wherewithall to sow my seeds without having to thin out all the extra's which always seem to result whenever I get my grubby little hands on some seeds. It is a clever little gardening gadget called the Magic Seeder. It really does work! And all it takes is a little bit of practice.

It won the award for the BEST NEW RETAIL PRODUCT at the 2004 South West Regional Growers Show

The Magic Seeder is a new product to South Africa. It is a simple to use and extremely efficient hand held seeder. It will cope with seeds up to 2 mm in size. It is ideal for accurate sowing of seeds in plug trays, pots or seed trays. The Magic Seeder is used by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Tanya Visser, the Editor of The Gardener magazine commented: "I love the little gadget, simply fantastic! I really enjoyed the Magic Seeder and would certainly recommend it to anyone." or Sean Freeman of Living Seeds said: "Thank you for my MagicSeeder, what a cool little tool, it works like a bomb." and Barbara of The Gardening Blog has also written about her experience with the Magic Seeder: "So this little gem of a product is just the best!! AND I don’t get my hands full of dirt! I was able to plant my seeds in the seedling trays in a jiffy! No mess no fuss! It should be for sale in EVERY Nursery and in every gardeners toolbox! I highly recommend it! What a nifty gadget!"

Linda of Sought After Seedlings has recently taken over the distribution of the Magic Seeder in South Africa. She is more than happy to post you a Magic Seeder or two or three :)

Her e-mail address is: and contact phone number is: 082 365 0050

The Magic Seeder is also available at the following Western Cape outlets:

How to use the Magic Seeder



The Magic Seeder is also available at the following outlets:

Crisandra Nursery - Vanderbijlpark Tel: 016 982 2987 Sought After Seedlings - Johannesburg Tel: 082 365 0050 Starke Ayres Garden Centre, Liesbeek Parkway, Rosebank Tel: 021 685 4120 Earthworx Garden Centre, Main Road, Hout Bay Tel: 021 790 8930

Seed suppliers

(in alphabetical order)

Earthfirst cc Home Organic Lifestyle Seeds Living Seeds Mahlathini Organic Seeds Organic Seeds Sought After Seedlings The Gravel Garden

About the Magic Seeder:

In 2001 West Country Nurseries in Cornwall were looking for a semi-automatic seeder for their nursery. After much searching The Magic Seeder was found. After extensive trials The Magic Seeder Company Limited was formed to make the seeders available throughout Europe. The offices for The Magic Seeder Company are situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. From these offices the seeders are supplied across the country. In 2004 The Magic Seeder won the award for the best new retail product at the South West Regional Growers Show in Exeter. From that point sales gone from strength to strength. Recent trials by the Royal Horticultural Society have been most successful.

The following year the seeder was re-designed and the manufacture moved to the UK.

There are now two versions of the Magic Seeder. The original version has a round body with a screw on cap.  The new version has a square body making it easier to grip. It also has a clip on top. This is now made in the UK.

Both versions are easy to use. However, I only stock and supply the round model.

The Magic Seeder is now manufactured in Cornwall.

Company Policy and Service:

a. Please contact me for the wholesale price list.

b. Smaller orders will be treated as retail (unless by agreed prior arrangement).

c. The quality control throughout the manufacturing process guarantees consistency of quality.

d. In the event of customer dissatisfaction all complaints will be dealt with promptly and resolved with a minimum delay.

e. Currency accepted ZAR (South African Rand).

f. Orders generally delivered within 10/14 days.

g. Customers requiring urgent delivery of seeders can generally be accommodated at short notice depending on stock levels.

i. Stocks can be held awaiting call-off delivery instructions by customers. Such stocks must be paid for in advance.

j. Communication with customers is made either by telephone, e-mail, fax and all communication is promptly dealt with by myself.

k. The Magic Seeder (South Africa) has a reputation for quality and service and I am constantly monitoring it in order to maintain this valued reputation.

Media News

from The Gardener SOUTH AFRICA June 2010 magazine

The Gardener