Make Your Own Soil Block Transplants

Soil blocks make great transplants for your vegetable garden. Soil blocks offer more nutrients to sustain your plants through the growing season, create a more vigorous root system and it is possible to use no plastic. We will be preparing the soil mix, pressing out the blocks and explaining how to take care of your seedlings. The class is $12 for the soil mix and a tray that holds at least 45 blocks ready for seeding. Participants will learn how to make a soil mix following the recipe of the farmer Eliot Coleman. Pressing out soil blocks and caring for transplants is fun but there are some tricks. We will take the mystery out of the whole process and folks will be on their way to a healthy garden.

This session will have some products available for purchase:

  • $5 for potting mix for 45 soil block transplants using all organic inputs.
  •  $3.50 for each tray type. The two trays nestle together to make one unit
  • $7 for the trays that hold 45 soil blocks.

However, someone may have use for only one type of tray or can bring their own trays. For example, bring a couple of study plastic lids or a couple glass cake pans and they will work fine as seed starting trays. The two tray system we are offering is versatile, reusable and convenient but not necessary.

Ginny Golembiewski – Early Bird

Ginny GGinny has an edible landscaping business, check out her site at http://www.earlybird.ws. She has a degree in Organic and Sustainable Horticulture from MSU. Ginny is a farmer, orchardist, landscaper and a member of Transition Ypsi and the Ypsi Grower’s Coop. Her company offers free consulting and is deeply committed to helping this community be more sustainable, self reliant, and beautiful.

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