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Friday Favorite: Soil Block Makers

February 1st, 2019

Many years ago I purchased a soil block maker and have been using it for seed starting. It’s a wonderful tool, both for practical reasons (no plastic seed starting flats needed) and for the plants (reduced transplant shock, air pruning of roots). My old soil block maker started to get rusty and some of the welds were failing, so I purchased two new ones at Johnny’s Seeds. Lucky for me, they were on sale!

I have always used the 2 inch maker, this year I purchased a smaller one as well. With the smaller one I should be able to fit more lettuce seedlings under my grow lights, thus maximizing that space! I have already started a few flats of seeds, onions will be started quite soon. Then the gardening season is up and running….

Do you have any great tools you’ve discovered to recommend?

3 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Soil Block Makers”
  1. mm on February 1, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    The Meadowlark broadfork.

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  2. Mandie on March 12, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I know you’ve mentioned before about your soil block making, but do you mix your own soil or buy a mix? Do you have tips for what type of mix to make blocks with? Thank you so much!

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    • Susy on March 12, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      Yes, I tried a few different products and find that the Johnny’s 512 mix works best.

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