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soil blocks

Walton, KS

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?

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 6b)

What do you mean by making soil blocks?

Walton, KS

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

Central, TX(Zone 8b)

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!

Brady, TX(Zone 8a)

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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