Soil-Block Recipe for Pumpkins and Squashcomments (3) May 26th, 2008
I got the idea for making soil blocks from The New Organic Grower, by Elliot Coleman. I have never been able to get all the ingredients his formula calls for, nor have I been able to get all the same ingredients in different parts of the country. What I figured out was that the important things are the ratio of the ingredients and the consistency of the mix. Here is my current “Indiana Mix,” which will change as I find more local ingredients that I would rather use.
|Fertilizer mix for soil-block formula
1/2 cup blood meal
1 cup bone meal
3/4 cut greensand
1/4 cup hardwood ashes
2 tablespoons agricultural lime
2 tablespoons pelleted sulfur
1/3 cup Norwegian kelp powder
|A soil blocker forms the mix into a block with an indentation on top.||Seeds started in a small block can be transplanted into a larger block.|
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by William Brown
from issue #29
posted in: seed-starting, soil, seedlings