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Winter Sowing: soil blocks

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paulasims
Walton, KS

December 22, 2010
2:35 PM

Post #8272801

Does anyone make their own soil blocks rather than using potting soil? If so, what's your experience? And do you have a good source for materials?
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

December 23, 2010
12:51 AM

Post #8273299

What do you mean by making soil blocks?
paulasims
Walton, KS

December 23, 2010
6:05 AM

Post #8273479

It's like making your own peat pots. Each block stands alone in a tray of many blocks. When transplanting, the entire block goes in the ground. It's supposed to be much more efficient than using cell trays. I first learned about it from one of Eliot Coleman's books. Below are a few links that also explain it.

http://urbanhomestead.org/journal/2008/02/27/soil-blocks/

http://www.pottingblocks.com/info.html

http://toppertwo.tripod.com/soil_blocks.htm
Garden_Sass
Central, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 30, 2010
11:15 AM

Post #8283620

Have you tried "Youtube"? Surely there are a few videos showing you how to do it or how to make your own soil press - the metal ones are too expensive a purchase for me!
TX_gardener
Brady, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2010
11:21 AM

Post #8283628

In my browsing on the web I did see directions for making your own block to put the soil in but it at first glance seems rather extensive - expensive - difficult. Would seem purchase of the gizmo if you have the $$ would be worth avoiding the DIY process.

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