I finally joined the band wagon and tried out the soil blocks.
Here is a commercial version…
Annie’s Granny was extolling the virtues of starting plants in soil blocks. Her friend John had made her one and sent it to her. (Aren’t gardeners the nicest people?) Plant-a-seed-aholic that I am, I couldn’t resist.
Last weekend I gave it a shot. I used a pain pill bottle and made my first soil blocks and planted them with spinach.
Nothing to brag about here. After a week, despite the fact that a few of the spinach are sprouting, the soil blocks are breaking apart.
The same night I made these soil blocks, I got an e-mail from Annie’s Granny and she gave me a few links to some info on soil blocks. This is the one I found most helpful:
So, armed with this new information, I got a smaller bottle and used what I had (don’t laugh) and made a smaller soil blocker.
What you’re looking at is a pill bottle with the bottom cut out. The bottom was trimmed to fit inside the bottle and inserted between two nuts and threaded onto a bolt. I didn’t have anything I could use for a plunger, but when I emptied out the barrell of this ink pen, it served the purpose.
I used the soil that I already had to make the blocks with. And coincidentally the blocks fit perfectly into this tray insert that I had.
I planted radish, lettuce, beets. After a week, most things are growing.
Ordinarily I would have planted one seed per block, but I read about triple sowing in a book recently and wanted to try it.
Looks like it’s going to be a good way of growing. Thanks Annie’s Granny (and John).