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Homemade Soil Blocker Makes Seed-Starting Easy
When gardening season hits, the first thing on people’s minds is getting their seedlings started.
    Scott Bruce of Springfield, Mo., decided to start his seedlings in small, compressed blocks of soil that could be planted directly into the ground without having to pry them out of small containers. He built a soil blocker tool to help him do it. It compresses four 1-in. square blocks of wet potting soil that can then be used to start one to four seeds per block. The seeded blocks can be placed in a shallow pan with water to keep them moist for germination.
    The soil blocker tool was built from scrap cedar wood and has an aluminum metal frame. A “plunger” is used to tamp down the wet potting soil.
    To use his soil blocker, Scott uses a tray full of wet potting soil and places the blocker in it. Raising and lowering the plunger will condense the soil into blocks. The blocks are then placed in a tray or seedling flat, and Scott uses a pencil or chopstick to make roughly 1/8-inch holes in the block to drop the seeds into.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Scott Bruce, 7965 N. Spring Hill Lane, Springfield, Mo. 65803.

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #4