This planting tool is used in
Sweden to make it more ergonomic while planting,
preferably fir but also other plants that can pass the
It is not actual to plant fir in
the Philippines because of the climate but we has
observed the ergonomic performance of the tool as it
help the person who plant so that he does not need to
bend his back to pick with a pickaxe to make a hole in
the ground for the sapling as he also can work with a
straight back and carry the saplings correctly relieved
in a carrier.
We are in the first case aiming
to use the tool for planting eggplants but is
experimenting the tool for other herbs as f.ex.
Apple-Guava which is a tree with a kind of guava fruit
which reminds in its consistent and taste with an apple.
pictures show parts of the tool and a description.
Looking at the
tool from above you can see the pipe which the sapling is
put into and through which it fall into the planting hole in
Under the grip
handles is the release handle located. It is used to close
the cone after planting a sapling before next plant.
A close up
picture of construction for release handle.
In this picture
we see from below, the foot pedal that is used to press down
the tool into the ground, next the opener pedal that is used
to open the cone and make free way for the sapling through
the pipe. Next is the release feather for the operation of
the release handle to close the cone after planting.
This is the
opener pedal which is used to open the cone and make free
way for the sapling through the pipe.
Here is a close
up picture of cone construction. As you can see, the cone is
Below is shown pictures that shows the
construction and function of the planting tool.
To make it
visible how it is mentioned to use the planting tool we
created some "fake" saplings.
With the planting
tool and saplings we are now ready to start our work in the
agricultural soil. Actually, where to plant is depending on
the need for the sapling, which conditions about water, soil
and sun etc. The tool is strong and work good in the jungle
or forest as well in the acre. To make it simple we choose
to plant in an open acre, but if the need is in an opening
in the jungle, it will work too.
In the bottom of
the tool is a cone that is stuck in the earth with help of
the foot pedal
The foot pedal is
mounted lowest on the planting tool, press it down with the
foot and make sure that it is stuck all the way to the
is to twist the handle to open up a hole for the plant.
planting tool has been twisted simply open it up with the
The opener pedal
is mounted just a little bit over the foot pedal and is
pressed all way down to the ground. This is to open the cone
and make it possible for the sapling to pass through the
pipe into the soil.
is to let the sapling fall through the pipe. The saplings
can be carried in a bag or box hanging from the shoulder
(not shown in picture).
lift the planting tool carefully up and hold gentle back the
sapling with help of the foot.
The earth is
stamped gently around the sapling and it is time to go to
the next place to plant.
planting tool is lifted up above the sapling and free for
the next sapling, just pull the release handle to close the
and the tool is
ready to be stuck into the soil again for the next time
is the simple way it work. Now, what kind of saplings do we
We hope to
come back later about that issue... Good Luck!
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