Why, and how, we use a soil blocker to start our seeds
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In the beginning there was the seed starter tray, and it was good. But that was then and this is now. About three years ago we started using soil block makers, more commonly called soil blockers. I was reading Eliot Colemans book, Four-Season Harvest, and he mentioned soil blockers. Liking what I read I decided to give them a try so I bought the mini-blocker and the four hole, two-inch soil blocker. And it was good.
Growing your own food is a wonderful thing but if you are starting from seeds, as we do, there’s always a mess of broken seed trays, plastic cups, and battered 8-ounce yogurt containers littering up the potting bench. I had an almost great system of using 6-ounce plastic party cups in which I used a heated nail to poke draining holes but the cups would split when removing the seedlings. This meant a trip back to the dollar store for every year for new cups. I’ve found that using soil blocks is much more cost effective.