gardener’s little helper
April 2, 2009 by tansy
this is my second year for using soil blocks. i finally mixed all the ingredients for the soil block maker recipe
as recommended by eliot coleman and used by the fine people at path to freedom
(where i purchased the block maker
from). on a rare sunny day, i set about making some blocks…
first i mixed up the recipe
then i added water…i believe the recipe called for 1 part water to 3 parts soil mix
picking it up, it’s pretty moist
squeezing it turns it into a gooey lump of mud
this is my first row of blocks
push the block maker into the soil, give it a quarter turn and lift out. i also used my hands to manually pack it which worked equally well.
the soil is supposed to be wet enough that water runs out of it when the blocks are made. you can see it starting to do that around the edges
so easy, even a kid could do it!
one container filled with blocks and ready to be sown
all done! you can see the amount of water left over on the sides. i finished this up by placing a layer of plastic wrap over the top to retain moisture, scavenged from an old worn out bag. .. in the future, i’ll probably use saved wrap from mushroom and broccoli packages i sometimes purchase at aldi.
the great thing about the blocks is they are already separated so transplanting seedlings is a breeze. simply break them apart, dig a hole in the ground and plant.