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Post  canada6827 on 9/23/2016, 7:29 am

I've decided to start using soil blocks.
Has anyone used Mel's mix to make these, or do I need to add more to it?
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Post  landarch on 9/23/2016, 9:40 am

I've tried and it seems like it works ok for the larger soil blockers...not so much for the tiny soil blockers.
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Post  sanderson on 9/23/2016, 6:33 pm

Canada, There are several threads on soil blocks. Just enter in the Search box. Here's one of them: http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t11223-soil-blocks-tutorial-in-photos?highlight=soil+blocks

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Post  Kelejan on 9/23/2016, 9:24 pm

I have had the 2"inch  and the 3/4 inch for two years and so far I have made a complete hash of it.  Sad
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Post  yolos on 9/23/2016, 11:43 pm

@Kelejan wrote:I have had the 2"inch  and the 3/4 inch for two years and so far I have made a complete hash of it.  Sad
Me too.  I used them the first year I bought them and tried the next year and I could not get the consistency correct.  Either too mushy are too dry and falling apart.  And they kept sticking to the blockers.  I am sure if I took the time I could get them to work consistently, but I always wait until the last minute to plant.  Also, I have boxes and boxes of small plastic pots just waiting to be filled.
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Post  trolleydriver on 9/24/2016, 7:54 am

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@Kelejan wrote:I have had the 2"inch  and the 3/4 inch for two years and so far I have made a complete hash of it.  Sad
Me too.  I used them the first year I bought them and tried the next year and I could not get the consistency correct.  Either too mushy are too dry and falling apart.  And they kept sticking to the blockers.  I am sure if I took the time I could get them to work consistently, but I always wait until the last minute to plant.  Also, I have boxes and boxes of small plastic pots just waiting to be filled.
I looked into the possibility of using them last winter/spring and came to the conclusion that the I could not justify the cost of the molds based on my small "operation". I just used whatever I had at hand, plastic cups, jiffy pots, egg containers, etc.  I used store bought starter mix for the seeds and I also used Mel's Mix in the "pots" especially for the seedlings and for some seed starting.

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