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Post  canada6827 on 9/23/2016, 7:05 pm

Thank you for the link. It is pretty much what I found online. Most of the 'recipes' called for peat moss, perlite and compost. Much like Mel's mix. That's why I asked if I could just use it. Thought it would be simpler than buying additional ingredients. But guess I'll just have to play around with it.
Thanks for the responses.
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Post  trolleydriver on 9/23/2016, 7:11 pm

@canada6827 wrote:Thank you for the link. It is pretty much what I found online. Most of the 'recipes' called for peat moss, perlite and compost. Much like Mel's mix. That's why I asked if I could just use it. Thought it would be simpler than buying additional ingredients. But guess I'll just have to play around with it.
Thanks for the responses.
If you use vermiculite (e.g., instead of perlite) it probably would be better to use a finer vermiculite in the mix rather than the coarse vermiculite required for Mel's Mix.

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Post  Kelejan on 9/24/2016, 9:45 am

3 Qts Peat Moss, 2 Tablespoons Greensand, 2 Tablespoons Phosphate Rock, 2 Tablespoons Bloodmeal. Mix together well. Then add: 1 Qt Perlite, 3 Qts Compost. Mix together and use this for your soil block starting soil.

The above is the recipe for Johnnie's Mix that can be purchased from them, at great cost seeing as they are in the US and not Canada.

I tried my best to get the ingredients and still have some on hand but where do I get Greensand and Phospate Rock when I only need 2 tablespoons of each?

I have on hand peat moss, Bloodmeal, compost. I have looked at the actual production on video and it looks so easy.

Maybe the make up of the compost is critical?

Perhaps there is a market that could sell the properly mixed ingredients that would be guaranteed to work? So that we could buy it off the shelf.  These tiny quantities are so much hassle, at least to me.
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Post  has55 on 9/24/2016, 10:22 am

great tutorial
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Post  Turan on 9/24/2016, 12:10 pm

Kelejan, I add a couple Tablespoons of an organic gardening fertilizer I keep around, rather than individual ingredients.  I have a small bag of Espoma's brand.  This is not critical, especially if the compost is good, just like in every thing else we do. 

As I usually only start a couple dozen or so plants each spring so I look to what is easy to find and not frozen. For the soil I look at the commercially available seed starting mixes.  I look for one that has a fine texture.  When I use it I usually end up adding a handful more peat, that is what holds the blocks together, but I try it first and then add peat if and as much as needed to get the right consistency.  I suspect MM would work just fine if the vermiculite/perlite is not too large in size and quantity, add extra peat if the blocks do not hold. I have had good success with these brands-  Jiffy seed starter mix brand and even Miracle Grow Organic seed starter.  Not so good with Fox Farm's Seed Warrior, the perlite is too big and too much so the blocks do not hold, but it is good in trays.

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Post  Kelejan on 9/24/2016, 12:49 pm

Thanks, turin, that sounds so helpful.  I have c & P it in Word under Gardening - Making Soil Blocks so I will have it on hand when I start later this year.
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Post  landarch on 9/26/2016, 11:32 pm

I've seen soil blockers on sale at Johnny's Seed on and off through this year.  I bought the small one and the 2"...I started carrot seeds indoors in the small ones...and I did beets, sugar snap peas, and peppers in the large blocks.  The large blocks worked well...I had trouble getting the small blocks to work with the mix I had on hand.  I had too many small woody pieces in my compost to get good compression in the small blocks.
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Post  sanderson on 9/27/2016, 2:57 pm

Nice example

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