Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Soil blocking

We are moving up in the farming world. Finally, we've gotten ourselves some soil blockers.

These are nifty hand tools that create small blocks of soil for sowing seeds. In the past, we have used cell flats or milk crates to sow our seeds, and there are shortcomings to these methods: with flats seedlings become root-bound because once they hit the plastic they start to coil around themselves; and with milk crates the roots co-mingle and make it more difficult to separate the seedlings when transplanting out.

So. The soil blocks prevent both of these root tragedies because when roots hit the air they actually stop growing, waiting until they hit soil again. Transplanting will also become a breeze.

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